Folk Night at the Registry
A KW Arts Award-winning music series at the Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario.

 Presenting our 11th SEASON (2016 - 2017) Lineup!
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Brilliant songwriter from the UK. Jez has delighted us often at the Mill Race festivals.  Great instrumentalist & story teller.

With nominations in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for Folksinger of the Year & Best Song, Northern England’s Jez Lowe strides through his 3rd decade as a song-writing troubadour, on the strength of his 19th album "The Ballad Beyond". Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Mary Black, The Duhks, The Young Un’s, Enda Kenny, Cherish The Ladies, The Clancys and scores more have adopted his songs. Richard Thompson has called him "The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time". Jez has played for audiences the world over, either solo (guitar, cittern, harmonica), or with his band The Bad Pennies. He has been a frequent headliner at Cambridge's Mill Race Festival.

Jez Lowe

Saturday, October 29, 2016
8pm  ♪  $18 / $20

Laura is a veteran song interpreter and multi-award winner. Rob & Kath are rising stars. All are Nova Scotians.

Laura Smith began to play music at age 19, debuting at London's famous Smale's Place coffee house. In the late 70’s she relocated to Nova Scotia recording her first album in 1989, followed in 1994 by "b'tween the earth and my soul", which ignited a blaze of radio, television and concert appearances. In 1995, her song "Shade of Your Love" was the most played Adult Contemporary song in Canada, and in 1997 she received a Gemini Award. In 1996 she won East Coast Music Awards (Female Artist, Album of the Year) and 2 Juno nominations.
Naming the Twins is the harmonizing duo of Robbie Smith & Kathleen Glauser. All 13 tracks from their first album (produced by Paul Mills) received significant airplay on folk radio. Their 2nd album of all original folk songs ("Drifters and Dreamers") with a Canadiana/Americana theme, distinctive harmonies, and a supportive array of acoustic instruments takes the listener from the seas aboard a whaling vessel to a quarry in the hot deep-southern sun, with many stops in between. Their 3rd album is in the works for a fall release. Their energy, casual banter, wide variety of song styles & remarkably well matched voices captivate audiences wherever they perform.
Naming the Twins

Double Bill
Laura Smith + Naming The Twins

Saturday, November 19, 2016
8pm  ♪  $20 / $25

Brad returns with his wonderful voice and songs. Sheila,  from the duo DALA,  launches her new solo recording!

Brad Nelson's musical influences include folk, pop, country, rock, maritime, and Celtic. He has toured the Maritimes in the Celtic pub band "The Farriers", and performed as a solo act in clubs in the KW area for many years. Brad has been principle performer and musical director of several Stan Rogers tributes, and has shared the Folk Night stage with Paul Mills, Penny Lang, Laura Bird, & Nonie Crete. His original songs include the YouTube sensation "Timmy's Anthem".
After 12 years of writing and performing in Juno-nominated Canadian folk duo Dala, Toronto's Sheila Carabine will release her debut solo album in September; her CD release tour includes this return to The Registry, where Dala – Canadian Folk Music award winners - appeared in 2010. The majority of the new CD was recorded in a 100-year old chapel in Church Point, Novs Scotia, and touches on themes of love, loss and the longing for fulfillment. This Folk Night will introduce us to a rising star.

Double Bill
Brad Nelson + Sheila Carabine

Saturday, January 21, 2017
8pm  ♪  $16 / $20

16 ECMAs, 11 albums in both languages, songs covered by more than 30 artists.  Lennie, from PEI, is a national treasure.

Lennie Gallant has recorded 11 albums (9 mostly in English, 2 in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was honoured with a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for "Live Acoustic at The Carleton". His latest studio recording, "If We Had a Fire" was described as "another winning collection of first-rate songs by one of Canada’s premier songwriters", and picked up the award for Roots Recording of the Year from East Coast Music Awards. His previous album was nominated for a Juno and flew to the International Space Station with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. Over 30 artists have recorded his songs. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie has represented Canada at songwriter events in Nashville, London, and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the Winter Olympics.

Lennie Gallant

Saturday, March 18, 2017
8pm  ♪  $20 / $25

From Montreal, this trio performed one of our hilite shows in 2007.  A bit on the bluegrass/country side, they feature stellar writing and playing .

Striking original material and a fresh acoustic sound have made Steel Rail a favourite of fans and critics over the last two decades. The Quebec band's 3 albums have received rave reviews. Tod Gorr, Ellen Shizgal, and Dave Clarke recently returned to making music together after spending almost a decade living in different provinces. The result: material that ranges from the wide-open Prairies to deep in the Ottawa Valley and further east to the North Shore of the St. Lawrence. Steel Rail has been acclaimed for its lush harmonies, Dave's stellar picking and a sound that gets its sensibility from folk and its soul from bluegrass and old-style country.

Steel Rail

Saturday, April 8, 2017
8pm  ♪  $18 / $20

From NH, USA, Bill is a noted songwriter – Place In The Choir, Roseville Fair, Crossing the Water. Our 11th Jarrett concert, & Bill is perfect for it!

For more than 40 years, Bill Staines has traveled North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston folk scene in the early 1960's where he quickly became “Boston’s best performer”. He has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today. Many of Bill's songs have appeared in school music books, church hymnals, and scouting campfire songbooks. Bill has made 4 songbooks and recorded 26 albums: 2 were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary. We are delighted and honoured to have Bill Staines perform at our 11th Merrick Jarrett concert, remembering Kitchener’s icon of folk music.

11th Merrick Jarrett Concert
Bill Staines

Saturday, May 6, 2017
8pm  ♪  $18 / $20


  • FRIDAY March 17 8pm: THE CELTS: The Real St. Patrick (presented by The Registry)
       Nonie Thompson, Eugene Rae, Anne Lederman, Tom Leighton & friends.
  • SATURDAY March 18 10am: Workshop with Anne Lederman. (More...)
  • SATURDAY March 18 1pm: Workshop with Tom Leighton. (More...).
  • FOLK NIGHT - SATURDAY March 18 8pm: Lennie Gallant

Please note: The Lennie Gallant concert is included in the 6-concert Series Pass.
Separate tickets required for other RRW events.

 March 17-18, 2017

The Celts Concert: $25
Fiddle Workshop with Anne Lederman (10am): $20/25
Choir Workshop with Tom Leighton (1pm): $20/25
Lennie Gallant Concert: $20/$25
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FOLK NIGHT is The Old Chestnuts Song Circle a presentation of The Old Chestnuts Song Circle and The Registry Theatre.
All concerts are held in The Registry Theatre,  the Region's premier small concert venue,
at 122 Frederick Street, Kitchener, Ontario. (map to venue)
Prices are shown as advance sale price /  door sale price.

Tickets are available from The Old Chestnuts Song Circle and Folk Night:
  • ORDER tickets by mail using this PDF form
  • ORDER tickets ONLINE using PayPal or credit card (handling fees apply).
  • For more information email Jack, or call 519-578-6298
  • SERIES PASSES! Limited number are available. Six amazing concerts for $96. 
  • Need a ticket? Got an extra? Use the FolkExchange (returning soon) !
 Folk Night News:
  • Series passes are still $96 for all 6 shows!
  • Tickets are now exclusively available from The Old Chestnuts Song Circle and Folk Night at The Registry!
  • HST is included in this year's ticket prices. HST will be added beginning next year, and could be added to orders after Sep. 1, 2016. Get your Folk Night tickets early!
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