Victoria Bluegrass Association Logo: Bringing People together for the Preservation, Enjoyment and Advancement of Bluegrass and Related Acoustic Music.
Tuesday January 31st 8:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Special Concert: Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of its occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that inspires all generations. Its themes of love, loss, hard work, hardship, faith, and everyday life, speak to everyone. The band has an instinctive rapport that comes from logging many hundreds of hours playing and entertaining together. They impart a deep respect for the roots of the music, a keen sense of innovation in their material and performance, and a transcending passion for the sound. This is old-time music for today's old soul.

Chris Coole is a cracker-jack banjo picker who has been on the old-time and roots music scene for going on 20 years. He has taught at banjo workshops and camps internationally, released several albums under his own name and with the Foggy Hogtown Boys as well as numerous collaborations with a variety of great roots musicians including Arnie Naiman, Erynn Marshall, Ivan Rosenberg and David Francey. His vision, musicality and great knowledge of the music are the driving forces of the trio.

John Showman is simply one of Canada's finest fiddle players, in any style. He is a strong, intuitive, and versatile musician best-known for his work with the Foggy Hogtown Boys, New Country Rehab and Creaking Tree String Quartet. His love of traditional fiddle music is uninhibited, and he brings music to life with inspired and forthright play.

Max Heineman's powerful and unique voice carries the listener straight to the heart of the song, with a timeless quality entirely his own yet one that hearkens back to the classic folk and country singers that shaped the style. His bass expertise supports the music, both driving the rhythm and gliding right along with the melody to shape the trio's distinctive sound.

Victoria audiences are no strangers to these fine folk, their having regularly toured the Island as members of The Foggy Hogtown Boys and various other acts. Each passing year and each new tour remind us that these stellar musicians of the Canadian scene continue to grow and develop their unique take on traditional acoustic music. We are indeed fortunate to host them once again. Get your tickets early, for our small venue is sure to sell out.

Doors open 7:30 pm    This show pre-empts our regular Tuesday jam.
Advance tickets $12 general; $10 for VBA Members (use the Discount Code that was emailed to you). Tickets are also sold at any VBA event. Price at the door is $15 for all.
More info: or phone 250.588.2780
Tuesday February 28th 9:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Feature Act: Hardly Handsome

Hardly Handsome got their start playing music scores in fourth-rate movie theaters and orchestra pits of Alberta's underground theater scene. Rarely heard and seldom seen, the boys fatefully burst into the spotlight during a show in Canmore when their tarpaulin/orchestra pit came crashing down halfway through the second act.

From the far back row of the crowded basement, a woman was heard to scream, "They're hardly handsome but I'll spare a loonie to hear them play on!"

Now on the other side of the curtain, Hardly Handsome is gaining a following in Western Canada's off the beaten path bluegrass scene.

- The Underground Gazette

Over the past six years, Hardly Handsome has played at bluegrass festivals throughout select parts of North America, wowing fans with their wide ranging song selection, vibrant harmonies, dance moves, bass solos and BBQ'd tri-tip. The core members, Bill Humby on guitar and vocals, Gord Higby on mando and vocals, and Nico Humby on bass, vocals, and dance moves are pleased as punch to have fiddler fantastico Ivonne Hernandez joining them for this performance. Come for the tri tip, stay for the tunes...

Doors open: 7:30 pm
The evening starts with an Open Stage from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. You can sign up for a spot on the Open Stage by contacting Jeb Gordon at 778-678-4570 or email

Admission: suggested donation $7 general, $5 for VBA members and open stage performers