Thursday July 18th - Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard

"Illiteratty" Showtime 7.30pm $10 at the door

Illiteratty is a folk band from Vancouver, BC. We play metafolk, meaning, original swing, European cabaret, ambient, celtic, rockabilly, a cappella, folk, world, pop, (did I mention folk?); with sharp lyrics and up to 5 part vocals. The instrumentation is from 3 to 6 peopl with a full complement of guitar, mandolin, violin, keys/accordion, standup bass & small percussion. It's funny, angry, idiosyncratic, intelligent, and extremely varied

Earle Peach and Illiteratty perform original and innovative tunes which draw inspiration from world music, folk, and jazz. Mostly the band plays songs written by Earle, with many rich four part harmonies. Earle, with his background in choirs, film & theatre, is always composing music, for which Illeratty is a perfect outlet for his creations. Folks, it just doesn't get any better than this. Comprised of Earle Peach, Albert Klassen, Kirsten Daub, Simon Kendall, Natalie Philp on bass and Wes Skakun on percussion,m all seasoned musicians with a variety of backgrounds, bound together to make fine music. This group will make you happy, and will make you dance and sing

Thursday August 15th.- Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard

"Simon Kempston" Showtime 7.30pm $10 at the door

SFG welcomes Simon Kempston, "one of Scotland's best songwriters"(The Sunday Herald) and leading fingerstyle guitarists, performs music is steeped in the history of the folk, blues and celtic traditions and is complemented by Simon's rich, powerful and compelling clipped vocal style.

His unique talent shows through in his thought-provoking, evocative, original songs portrayed in a wonderfully intimate setting. His beautifully crafted folk-tinged material showcases his incredible, distinctive and intricate fingerstyle guitar work - an exciting blend of the folk-baroque, blues and classical styles, and his gently nuanced, compelling tenor vocals.

An inspiring, poetic lyricist, Simon's live performances are intense and impassioned, the subject matter chiefly Scottish, yet with universal appeal. Simon will be playing songs from his latest cd "Vanishing act: and from "Onward she travels". This special Vancouver concert is not to be missed. 'Stunning talent'(STV). 'Beautiful tunes, infinitely talented' (BBC Radio 3).

Thurs September 19th. - Chinese Bunkhouse at Britannia Shipyard

"Rio Samaya Band" Showtime 7.30pm $10 at the door

"The Rio Samaya Band" also known as "Pancho & Sal", was created in 2008 by the Latin duo Pancho and Sal, in Vancouver, Canada. Always performing with incredibly talented musicians in their hometown and worldwide, has marked a long successful decade for Rio Samaya Band.

Pancho, a poet since his youth in Argentina, is the lead singer and songwriter. He writes in the centuries-old tradition of Spanish America, blending it with elements of folk, country and reggae, as well as flamenco, and rhumba gypsy rhythms. Sal, has roots in Argentina and she sings with Pancho in unison and creates natural harmonies. She plays accordion, hand percussion instruments and sings ethereal harmonies.

Pancho and Sal play guitar bombo, chachas, accordion, quena, flute, ukulele and charango. Their music is authentic, refreshing and