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NEWS ARCHIVE

Saturday February 4th, 2017 @ 1:30 pm
University Of Victoria 30th Annual Medieval Workshop:
Medieval Medicine

The Bob Wright Centre (Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Science Building), Room B150, UVic Campus

(Click here for event details)

Banquo will be providing a short concert for the workshop attendees.

Sunday February 26th, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Victoria Folk Music Society

Norway House, 1100 Hillside Ave

Admission $5

Banquo will be the feature act at the VFMS Folk night.  

Friday December 23rd, 2016 @ 11:00 am, and Friday December 30th, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

We'll be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.

November 4, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Gathered By the Fire: Ancient Tunes and Tales for the Dark Months

Oak Bay united Church, 1355 Mitchell Street (Oak Bay)

Join Banquo Folk Ensemble in celebrating the darker side of the season - ancient and traditional music from Medieval days through the 18th Century, performed on voice and an astonishing array of instruments, including recorders, bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, harp, cittern, percussion and more.

With guest, Paul Boughen, narrator

Tickets available in advance for $18 at Ivy’s Bookshop, online at brownpapertickets.com, or at the door for $20.

July 7, 13 and 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival

Camosun College - Lansdowne Campus

We'll be playing some music to set the mood before the play.

Click here for more information about the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.

The Aulde Alliance

Early and traditional music of Scotland and France. Four voices - plus special guest Gwendolyn Jamieson - and our usual big pile of instruments, including recorders, flute, shawm, crumhorn, cittern, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdy, harp, surpeti, mandolin, and lots of percussion.

Mayne Island

Saturday May 14th, 2016, @ 7:30

St Mary Magdalene Church
360 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island

Tickets $15 at the door, or in advance at Farm Gate

Victoria

Sunday May 15th, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Fairfield United Church
1303 Fairfield Rd, Victoria

Tickets $15 at the door

Saturday April 23rd, 2016 @ 7:30 pm
Waking the Bard

Victoria City Hall
1 Centennial Square, Victoria BC

Celebrate Poetry Month in April with "Waking the Bard". Hosted by Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, "Waking the Bard" is a free evening of poetry, theatre and live music in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Event info here


Saturday March 12th, 2016 @ 5:30 pm
UVIC Ideafest

University of Victoria - Hickman (HHB) 105
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free as part of Medifest.

We'll be playing a half-hour set to join the celebration of all things medieval!

Saturday December 19th, 2015 and Thursday December 24th, 2015 @ 3:00 pm
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

We'll be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.

Sunday November 30th, 2014 @ 3:00 pm
Ancient Music Society of Victoria - GALA INAUGURAL CONCERT

First Metropolitan United Church
932 Balmoral Rd (at Quadra)

Tickets $25 at the door, $20 in advance
Available at Long & McQuade, Ivy's Bookshop and Munro's Books, or by phoning (250)884-8580

The Ancient Music Society of Victoria is a new society in town to promote the performance and appreciation of "ancient" (pre-baroque) music. Banquo fits in there at least sometimes, so we're pleased to be participating in their first ever gala concert! Other groups that will be performing are: A Great Noyse, Continuum Consort, Ensemble Laude, Patres et Filias, Viol Pleasures, and St. Christopher Singers.

Saturday December 6th, 2014 @ 11:00 am
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

We'll be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.


Welcome Yule!

Festive music to celebrate the season - four voices and our usual big pile of instruments, including recorders, flute, cittern, bagpipes, fiddle, surpeti, mandolin, lots of percussion and a few new surprises!

Mill Bay

Saturday December 6th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Sylvan United Church
985 Shawnihan Mill Bay Road, Mill Bay

Tickets $15 at the door

Mayne Island

Saturday December 13th, 2014 @ 2:30pm

St Mary Magdalen Church
360 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island

Tickets $15 at the door

Victoria

Sunday December 14th, 2014 @ 2:30pm

James Bay United Church
511 Michigan St (at Menzies)

Tickets $15 at the door

Wednesday July 30 and August 6, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival - Henry V

Camosun College - Lansdowne Campus

We'll be playing some music to set the mood before the play.

Click here for more information about the Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival.

Spring Concerts!

Hail bounteous May that doth inspire mirth and youth and warm desire....May madness is a comin-in!

Five voices and our usual big pile of instruments, including bagpipes, harp, hammered dulcimer, accordion, fiddle, recorder, surpeti, cittern, mandolin, lots of percussion and more!

Victoria

Friday May 9th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

James Bay United Church
511 Michigan St (at Menzies)

Tickets $15 at the door, or contact Alison Vardy: 250.598.6679.

Mill Bay

Saturday May 10th, 2014 @ 7:30pm

Sylvan Church
985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay

Tickets $15 at the door, or contact Alison Vardy: 250.598.6679.

Saturday December 8th, 2012 @ 3:00 pm
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

Banquo (at least some of us...) will be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.


Sunday December 9th, 2012 @ 3:00pm
Christmas Concert and CD Launch!

James Bay United Church
511 Michigan St, Victoria BC

$15; Tickets available at the door, or call Alison at 250-598-6679 to reserve.

'So Gracious Is The Time': An afternoon of seasonal carols and lively tunes from the 12th C. to the present.

Featuring five voices and our (un)usual assortment of instruments, including harp, hammered dulcimer, uilleann and Scottish small pipes, violin, cittern, mandolin, recorders, percussion and more.

This will also be the official launch of our new Christmas album!

June 23, 2012 @ 11am-3pm
Summer So(u)lstice in Royal Oak Burial Park

Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC

An informal celebration that will include ambient music, poetry, tea and flowers to create an atmosphere of contemplative beauty for people to remember their dead in a social setting.

(Click here for more information on the event.)

Sunday May 27th, 2012 @ 7pm
Spring Concert!

Church Of Truth
111 Superior St, Victoria BC

$15; Tickets available at the door, or send us an email.

'Suete Seson and Sonne': an evening of early music to celebrate summer's return!

Featuring five voices and over a dozen instruments, including harp, hammered dulcimer, uilleann and French pipes (Cornemuse), violin, cittern, mandolin, recorders, percussion and more.

Saturday February 4th, 2012 @ 11:40 am
University Of Victoria 25th Annual Medieval Workshop:
Magicians, Seers and Sages

The Bob Wright Centre (Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Science Building), Room B150, UVic Campus

Fee: $56; current UVic students $11 (prices include HST and refreshments)
(Click here for event details)

Banquo will be providing a lunchtime concert for the workshop attendees.

Friday December 23rd, 2011 @ 11:30 pm
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

Banquo (at least some of us...) will be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.

Halloween Concerts!

Seven Deadly Songs II - Ancient Ballads of Murder, Madness, Mayhem and Misery for All Hallows' Eve

Five voices and 14+ instruments, including bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, harp, hammered dulcimer, fiddle, recorder, banjo, surpeti, cittern, and (just for Halloween) Theremin!

Friday November 4th, 2011@ 7:30pm
Victoria

St. Mark's Anglican Church (Victoria Orange Hall)
1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria

Tickets $15 at the door.
For more information, send us an email.

Friday October 21st, 2011@ 7:30pm
Salt Spring Island

All Saints-By-The-Sea
110 Park Drive, Ganges, Salt Spring Island

Advance tickets $15 at Acoustic Planet (Ganges) or $18 at the door
For more information contact Alison Vardy: 250.598.6679, or send us an email.

Saturday October 22nd, 2011@ 7:30pm
Mayne Island

St Mary Magdalen Church
360 Georgina Point Road, Mayne Island

Tickets $15 at the door, or lucky $13 in advance.
For more information, send us an email.

June 18, 2011 @ 11am-3pm
Summer So(u)lstice in Royal Oak Burial Park

Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC

An informal celebration that will include ambient music, poetry, tea and flowers to create an atmosphere of contemplative beauty for people to remember their dead in a social setting.

Saturday April 2, 2011
Medieval Feast - Prospect Lake Community

Prospect Lake Hall
5358 Sparton Road

Tickets $40 at Oldfields gas on Sparton and West Saanich Rd

Join in the Medieval festival with costumes, feasting, musicians and entertainers. Come as royalty, a peasant, knight or jester - all class of folk welcome. (Visit the Prospect Lake Community Home page.)

Thursday March 3, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
Friends Of Music Society - Eric Martin Theatre

Victoria Mental Health Centre
2328 Trent Street, Victoria BC

Admission is free!

We'll be presenting a set of Celtic-based songs and tunes for the Friends of Music Society.

Friday March 11th, 2011 @ 8:00 pm
Deep Cove Folk Club

St. John's United Church
10990 W. Saanich Rd, Deep Cove BC

Admission $5 - includes refreshments

Banquo will be the feature act at this month's Deep Cove Folk night. In honour of St. Patrick's Day, we will be drawing on our Celtic repertoire.   

Thursday December 30th, 2010 @ 1:30 pm
Christmas at Craigdarroch Castle

Craigdarroch Castle
1050 Joan Crescent, Victoria BC

Free with your admission to the Castle.

Banquo (at least some of us...) will be bringing our own brand of seasonal music to Craigdarroch Castle.

Sunday December 12th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm
Nowel Sing We! Early folk songs and tunes for the festive season

The Church Of Truth
111 Superior St, Victoria BC

Tickets available at the door, or send us an email.
$15 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors

Drive the cold winter away with an afternoon of early music from a variety of European traditions on over a dozen instruments, including vocals, violin, cittern, harp, hammered dulcimer, Uilleann pipes, hurdy-gurdy, recorders, percussion and some other surprising instruments...

Sept 18 & 25, 2010 @ 7pm
Luminara Victoria 2010

Banquo will be participating in the Luminara Community Illuminations in James Bay on Sept 18, and North Park on Sept 25. See you there, and bring your lantern!

June 19, 2010 @ 11am-3pm
Summer So(u)lstice in Royal Oak Burial Park

Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC

An informal celebration that will include ambient music, poetry, tea and flowers to create an atmosphere of contemplative beauty for people to remember their dead in a social setting.

(Event page)

Saturday March 27th, 2010 @ 8pm
Spring Concert!

The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria BC

Tickets available at the door, or send us an email.
$12 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors

Sweetest Joy, Wildest Woe: spring songs of love, lust and longing...

Saturday January 23rd, 2010 @ 7:00pm
Friends of the Malahat Launch Party

The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria BC

Free Admission

Come to celebrate the launch of The Friends of The Malahat, a group formed to bring together lovers of the written word in the Victoria area. Hear readings by Bill Gaston, Brett Josef Grubisic, Anne-Marie Turza, Eliza Robertson, and Allison Blythe; and music by Banquo. We will also have a literary silent auction, book sale, and plenty of refreshments. Admission is free, all are welcome.

For more information: http://www.malahatreview.ca/friends/friends_party.html

Friday October 30th, 2009@ 7:30pm
Halloween Concert!

The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria BC

Tickets available at the door, or at Lyle's Place Records (770 Yates St), or send us an email.
$13 Adults/$10 Students & Seniors

Songs of murder, madness, mayhem and misery!

Three voices and 14 instruments, including 3 kinds of bagpipes, hurdy gurdy, banjo, surpeti, cittern, and (for the first time ever) Theremin!

Special Guests and Surprises!

August 21-23 2009
Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Princeton, BC

Banquo will be performing at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival , August 21-23, 2009, in Princeton, BC. We hope to see you there!

Saturday, May 16 2009
Mayne Island Conservancy Society's
4th Annual May Day Celebration

Mayne Island BC

Open air market, parade, costumes, maypole dancing - right up our alley!

Sunday, December 16 2007 - 7:30 pm
Make We Merry!
Music to warm a long winter's night

St. Mary Magdalene Church, Mayne Island BC

An evening of seasonal carols and lively tunes from the 12th C. to the present.

Tickets $15 at the door. $12 students and seniors.

Friday, December 21 2007- 8:00 pm
Alone Stone House Concert Series
2nd Annual Yule/Solstice Celebration Concert

Doors 7:30pm, Showtime 8pm
Where: 17 Cambridge St. (near the corner of Cambridge St. and Dallas Rd. in Fairfield)
Tickets: Available at Lyle's Place Records (726 Yates) or by calling (250)360-0478
Cost: $10 (plus $1 if purchased at Lyle's)

Step back to a simpler time and enjoy some hot mulled cider as you soak in the sounds and sights of Banquo Folk Ensemble. We welcome and encourage anyone to show up in medieval costume. You may bring your own beverages, but snacks and hot mulled cider will be available by donation.

Friday Aug 24, 2007
Cornerstone Cafe (1301 Gladstone Ave, Victoria)

CANCELLED

Eric, Lael and Darren will be performing two 45 min sets at the new Cornerstone Cafe located in the heart of Fernwood Village (corner of Fernwood Rd and Gladstone Ave -- across from the Belfry Theatre). More info on the Cornerstone Live Music series can be found here.

Saturday July 21st, 2007
Luminara - A Community Lantern Festival, Beacon Hill Park

Visit the Luminara website for more information.

Album cover thumbnailThursday July 5th, 2007@ 8pm
Things That Do Sound So Fair
CD Release!

The Orange Hall
1620 Fernwood Rd, Victoria BC

Tickets at the door:
$12 Adults/$10 Students, Seniors

Our first studio album, Things That Do Sound So Fair, which has been over a year in production, is finally finished!

We will be presenting a concert of songs from the album and a few other things to round it out on Thursday July 5th @ 8pm. We hope to see you there!

For those of you unable to attend the concert, we will post information on how to purchase CDs here soon.

Saturday June 2, 2007 @ 8pm
Pender Island, BC

Pender Islands Community Hall
4418 Bedwell Harbour Rd,
Pender Island, BC

We're bringing our "Folk Music for Broken Consort" sound to Pender Island for one special evening on Saturday June 2nd.

Tickets at the door or at Talisman Books (Pender Island):
$15/adults - $12/students,seniors

Saturday May 19, 2007
Mayne Island Folk Club

We'll be visiting Mayne Island on May 19th to provide music for an afternoon May Pole dance and then we'll headline the evening at the Mayne Island Folk Club.

May 2007
Things That Do Sound So Fair

Our new album, Things That Do Sound So Fair, is almost finished and will be available very soon!

In the meantime, we still have a very limited quantity of the Live at the Belfry Arts Centre CD left for sale ($15 CAD + shipping). to purchase a copy. :)

December 10th, 2006
House concert - Thank you!

We wish to say thank you to all of the folks that came out to see us at last night's performance. You were a fabulous audience!

An extra special thanks goes to Jennifer and Peter for their wonderful hospitality.  We look forward to having the opportunity to perform in your lovely home again!

December 9th, 2006
House Concert

We will be presenting an intimate house concert on December 9th.  We have a lovely programme planned, including some lesser-known seasonal music.  Tickets are $10 each and we ask that you bring your own refreshments to enjoy.  to purchase tickets (or ask a Banquo member!).

September 2006
We voted Jennifer off of the Island

Just kidding.  We're sad to announce that vocalist Jennifer Lang has moved to Montreal to continue her vocal studies at McGill University.  She has already had visitors in Montreal - Adam and Jude, who are currently on tour in Eastern Canada, recently played a house concert at her new home and they performed a small selection of Banquo tunes together to the delight of the audience.

We wish Jen all the best in her new studies and home.  We miss ya!

September 2006
A welcome to our newest member

Jennifer's departure left us with a large space to fill in the ensemble.  Luckily, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lael Whitehead was willing to take on the challenge.  Welcome aboard, Lael!

Saturday, July 22, 2006
Luminara
A Community Lantern Festival, Beacon Hill Park

Banquo members Eric Reiswig, Darren Giles, Jen Lang and Jude Pelley will be performing a wide range of traditional and original music.  Bring your lanterns and share in the magic of this annual event.

Visit the Luminara website for more festival information.

June 30 - July 9, 2006
ICA Folkfest 2006

Performance: Sunday, July 2 @ 5:00pm, Mainstage

Banquo will be performing a 50 minute set at this year's annual ICA Folkfest, held at Victoria's Inner Harbour.

Visit the ICA Folkfest website for more information.

Sunday June 11, 2006
Fernfest 2006: The 11th Annual Celebration of All Things Fernwoodian

This free day-long annual local event celebrates Fernwood Village, the neighbourhood where most of the Banquo members reside.  We will be performing a 40 minute set starting at 5:30pm.  We hope to see you there!

Visit the Fernwood Neighourhood Resource Group website for more information.

March 29 - April 1, 2006
Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio
Puccini's "Suor Angelica"

Vocalist Jennifer Lang will be performing in the Victoria Conservatory of Music Opera Studio's presentation of Puccini's one act opera "Suor Angelica".

Click here for more information.

March 20, 2006
The Birthday Party MP3 available on Triakel.com

One of our favourite Swedish groups, Triakel, has added our cover of their cover (?!) of "The Birthday Party/Födelsedagsfesten" to the Covercorner section of their website (Thanks Janne!).  This track was recorded live at our concert in November 2005.

If you're not already familiar with Triakel, we *highly* recommend them.  Their North American distributor, Northside Records, can be found at www.noside.com

December 2005
..and now we are five...

We wish to extend a welcome to Banquo's newest member, fiddler/violinist Adam Iredale-Gray.

Sunday, November 27, 2005 - 8 pm
The Belfry Arts CentreConcert - The Belfry Arts Centre

The programme for this evening concert will feature a wide variety of instruments including bagpipes, strings, winds and percussion, with an emphasis on the ensemble's French and Scandinavian repertoire. This concert will be a feast for your senses!

Tickets: $15 Adults, $12 Students/Seniors
Tickets available from the Belfry Box Office: (250)385.6815
Seating is limited -- we recommend reserving your tickets in advance.

Saturday, July 23, 2005
Luminara
A Community Lantern Festival, Beacon Hill Park

Banquo members Eric Reiswig, Darren Giles, Jen Lang and Jude Pelley will be performing a wide range of traditional and original music.  Bring your lanterns and share in the magic of this annual event.

Visit the Luminara website for more festival information.

September 04, 2004
Banquo plays "20-ish Questions"

Find out more about the members of Banquo in The Players section.

September 02, 2004
New sound samples added!

Check out the music gallery for two new audio samples:
L'Amour de Moi
and What If a Day.

August 27, 2004
Daniel Lapp Trio @ Butchart Gardens

Many thanks go to Daniel Lapp and Adam Dobres for inviting Darren to perform as part of the trio for this wonderful concert.

July 24, 2004
Luminara
A Community Lantern Festival, Beacon Hill Park

Join us in beautiful Beacon Hill Park at dusk for this annual magical event.

Visit the Luminara website for more information.

June 20th , 2004
Ceilidh in the Park
A FREE Family Friendly Celtic Music Celebration!

1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at the Cameron Bandshell in Beacon Hill Park.

Darren and Eric will be performing a set with local fiddler Daniel Lapp.

Visit the City of Victoria website for more information.

May 10, 2004
Allison Crowe - Secrets

album coverNanaimo, BC -based recording artist Allison Crowe has released her new album "Secrets".  Eric is guest artist (playing Uilleann Pipes) on the track "What About You".

Click here for more information

 

 
 
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