Powered by music and volunteers.

BarrieFolk News

Your input required

We are asking our BarrierFolk friends to help us with our future planning. Please fill out this brief survey. Email a screen shot of your completed survey to [email protected] and we’ll put your name in for a... read more

Purchase your Valdy tickets now!

There are still tickets available for the March 21 Valdy concert at the MacLaren Art Centre. Don’t miss your opportunity to miss, what is bound to be an enjoyable evening of music and stories. Tickets can be purchased at the MacLaren Art Centre (37 Mulcaster... read more

We asked: folks answered

Have you ever had a question for a folk musician but were afraid to ask? Of course not. Folk musicians are the most approachable and friendly people on the planet.

We posed a few questions to our February performer David Essig and he was more than happy to supply answers.

  1. What was the last CD (album) you purchased? Bakersfield by Vince Gill and Paul Franklin.
  2.  What was the first song you learned to play? “Pretty Polly.”
  3.  What is currently on your nightstand? And no, you can’t take the time to move different things onto it. A lamp and Jack Hodgins’ book, “A Passion for Narrative.”
  4.  If your house was on fire and you had already rescued your family, any pets and your wallet, what would be the one thing you would go back in to get? My 1957 Gibson J-200 guitar.
  5.  What was one of the best concerts you’ve ever been to? Ry Cooder and David Lyndley, with Joquin Cooder, afternoon concert at the Edmonton Folk Festival – maybe 10 years ago.
  6.  What’s one of the best things about living on an island? What’s the worst? Best: the sense of communal tranquility. Worst: 2 1/2 hours round-trip to buy a dozen eggs.
  7.  Looking back, if there was one thing you could change or do differently, what would that be and what would you change? I would have met Milena earlier in my life.
  8.  You’ve played with a number of other talented musicians over the years. Have you ever been star-struck by anyone in particular? Jessie Winchester, Richard Thompson, Sonny Landreth, the Campbell Brothers,  David Woodhead.
  9.  What’s the strangest thing a fan has ever said to you? A young woman came up after a concert in the Kootenays and told me, “my parents were listening to your album, High Ground, the night I was conceived.”
  10.  Describe your perfect day. Music in the morning, cooking in the afternoon, dinner and wine in the evening with Milena.

Upcoming Events

8:00 pm Valdy @ MacLaren Art Centre
Valdy @ MacLaren Art Centre
Mar 21 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Valdy @ MacLaren Art Centre | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring folk icon Valdy back to Barrie on Saturday, March 21. The show will take place at the MacLaren Art Centre (37 Mulcaster St., Barrie). Born Valdemar Horsdal in Ottawa, Valdy[...]
8:00 pm Jory Nash concert @ MacLaren Art Centre
Jory Nash concert @ MacLaren Art Centre
May 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Jory Nash concert @ MacLaren Art Centre | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
BarrieFolk is thrilled to host award-winning Toronto musician Jory Nash at the MacLaren Art Centre on Friday, May 1. After numerous days in a variety of recording studios Jory is in the process of completing[...]
1:00 pm Youth Songwriting Showcase @ Northwest Barrie United Church
Youth Songwriting Showcase @ Northwest Barrie United Church
May 23 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Youth Songwriting Showcase @ Northwest Barrie United Church | Barrie | Ontario | Canada
If you’re interested in seeing the future of folk music, come to this fun event featuring 10 young up-and-coming songwriters. You will be amazed by these talented young people. BarrieFolk’s annual Youth Songwriting Showcase takes[...]
8:00 pm The Marrieds @ Ginny and Patty's house
The Marrieds @ Ginny and Patty's house
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
The Marrieds @ Ginny and Patty's house
BarrieFolk is thrilled to present The Marrieds in a house concert at Ginny and Patty’s on Saturday, June 6. This London, Ontario duo of Jane Carmichael (vocals, uke) and Kevin Kennedy (vocals, guitar) officially formed[...]

    About BarrieFolk

    The Barrie Folk Society was formed in response to the wants and needs of the local folk music community in and around the Barrie area.

    Our Goal

    The main goal of the Barrie Folk Society is to bring Folk music to the masses through a not-for-profit organization that cares about the growth and nurturing of the folk music movement.

    Join Us!

    All musicians budding and otherwise, are welcome to the Barrie Folk Society open stage Unplugged Friday Nights.

    Countdown to Valdy!