Valley Folk Presents...

Saturday Concerts
begin at 7:30 pm

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begin at 2:00 pm

(except where
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Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:30 PM

James Keelaghan


James Keelaghan, a poet laureate of the folk music world has gone about his work with passion, intent, intensity, and curiosity for decades. He is a masterful story teller with nine albums that have earned Keelaghan awards and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia. This Canadian songwriter ties it all together with a powerful voice, delivery, and a commanding presence where he finds a balance between examining the lighter and heavier sides of life.

“The necessity to write has always been a double-edged sword. I’ve always had the urge to write.  Some things weren’t being said in the way I wanted to say them. Then there are the different sides of what I write about. The narrative writing, the historical material, as well as the personal, where you have to take responsibility for what you are saying,” says Keelaghan.

A disciplined visionary, Keelaghan’s aces have long been a love of language, and history, as he earned a history degree years ago, his skills as a thespian that he acquired at an early age, that explain his ability to make an immediate connection with audiences in a live setting, and an ear for a memorable melody.

David Francey stated that, “James Keelaghan’s is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people. He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.”

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There is a self-running jam on concert nights beginning 90 minutes before each concert when we get in the building to set up. Bring your instrument and come jam with us!