Carolina Bluebirds singing sweet tunes at Deep Cove folk night

Local trio pulls songs from as early as 1890s to charm audiences.

Carolina Bluebirds’ Ian Johnston, left, Caroline Covil and Graeme Card will be performing uplifting and haunting favourites from decades — and even centuries — past at Deep Cove Folk Music Society’s Club Night, next Friday, Feb. 13.

Performing unusual and charming songs like My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes along with crowd favourite Blue Skies and their unique take on Five Foot Two, folk trio Carolina Bluebirds is sure to inspire the joy of their namesake in audience members and folk fans next Friday (Feb. 13).

The latest performers at Deep Cove Folk Music Society’s Club Nights, Carolina Bluebirds melds vocals from Caroline Covil, guitar, vocals and the occasional kazoo from Graeme Card and the talents of Ian Johnston on guitar, ukulele and banjo ukulele, as well as vocals.

The trio tries to put together a wide variety of music styles from the ‘20s to the ‘60s, and not just the one hit wonders that have survived to today.

“We like to try and find unusual songs that were popular in their time,” says Covil. “We all like different types of music, and different types from each era. Some of it’s jazzy, some of it’s quaint. And we’re always adding new music.”

They always make sure to throw in a few well-known songs so the audience can participate, something they say folk audiences particularly like to do.

“It’s a very warm audience, very friendly, and the acoustics are good there,” says Johnston of the monthly event.

“It’s a nice building as well. It’s all wood, and the open mic that they start with always has a great variety of music. You never know what you’re going to hear,” adds Covil. “We’re quite looking forward to it.”

Card and Johnston are longtime musicians in region, having played with bands such as Rig-A-Jig, the Garden City Blue Blowers, The Jug Bandits, The Chattering Class and Humphrey and the Dump Trucks.

Carolina Bluebirds plays Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. at the St. John’s United Church, 10990 West Saanich Road. Admission is $7 at the door, and coffee, tea and other refreshments are by donation.

The Deep Cove Folk Music Society has operated for 24 years — at the same venue — through the efforts of volunteers dedicated to providing acoustic music to the community. Club nights are held the second Friday of the month.

For more information, visit deepcovefolk.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island dance classes billed as female empowerment tool

New Comox Valley business focuses on ‘promoting positive body image’

Duncan’s Big Stick lights up red to signal COVID’s devastation of the arts

“COVID-19 has been truly devastating to the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre”

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Cowichan Performing Arts Centre streaming new short film tonight

Standing By has been created and performed by Cowichan-raised actor Nicole Ratjen.

Voting now ready for Oak Bay’s Arts Alive 2020 sculptures

Audio and written descriptions posted for all 10 sculptures

Snuneymuxw artist brings aquatic designs to Nanaimo’s Beban Park pool

Work by artist Eliot White-Hill is being installed at the pool this month

Nanaimo musician plays all instruments on DIY debut album

Jamie Penner releasing guitar-centric instrumental record ‘Out of Curiosity’

Hospice worker and patient butt heads in upcoming Nanaimo theatre production

Yellow Point Drama Group presents ‘Grace and Glorie’ at Cedar Community Hall

Art+Earth Festival gets growing this weekend

Find out what events are in-person and what’s happening online

Film about missing and murdered indigenous women makes Nanaimo debut

A mother and daughter search for answers in Sonia Bonspille Boileau’s ‘Rustic Oracle’

Most Read