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

 Presenting our 12th SEASON (2017 - 2018) Lineup!

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Purchase a series pass - all 6 concerts for $107!

From Newfoundland - "Possibly the finest interpreter of traditional songs in the country" .

Since bursting on to the trad scene in 2010 with his debut recording, Ballads, Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of Canada’s most authentic and vital traditional voices. In that time, Matthew’s music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his homeland. His role as singer and song-finder in The Dardanelles has brought him to many major international festival stages. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Matthew Byrne

Saturday, September 23, 2017
8pm  ♪  $18 / $20

Award-winning western Canada songwriter, with the voice of an angel.

A talented multi-instrumentalist, Lizzy toured for ten years as a side musician before pursuing her own projects. She has been praised for her mastery of the fiddle, guitar and harp. CBC’s Chris Della Torre calls her “a musician’s musician” and notes “fans that want their artists to play well can find that with [her]”. Her voice has been described as “otherworldly”, “angelic", “sweet”, and “pure” and as a singer, she has been recognized for her clarity and precision. Lizzy is a full-time musician who travels and tours throughout Canada during the year with her trio.

Lizzy Hoyt

Saturday, October 28, 2017
8pm  ♪  $18 / $20

Amazing songwriter and entertainer returns!

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Residence and signed to Tamulevich Artist Management along with John Gorka and Peter Yarrow. His songs are being made into films. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

Joe Crookston

Saturday, January 20, 2018
8pm  ♪  $22 / $25

BREAKING NEWS! Folk Night Special with The Young 'Uns, Tuesday November 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets $22 advance.

Joe (from Brother Sun) returns with an icon of socially conscious songwriting

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago. From Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last 18 years touring full time. His songs have traveled to every continent via his own performances, radio, CDs, web casts, and other musicians. He is noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Jencks weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts, inviting them to open. His songs invite us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.
"In a world rife with many talented songwriters, Si Kahn stands alone." - Bluegrass News. Si’s 18th CD Bristol Bay was released on June 15th, 2013, produced by Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers. It was the #1 CD for July on the international Folk DJ List, the fourth of Si’s CDs to win that honor. Si himself was named the #1 Artist, with the most airplay for the month. At the annual Folk Alliance International conference in February 2011, Si was publicly honored with a special Triple Crown Award for being the #1 Artist, and having the #1 CD and #1 Song for 2010. His songs have been translated into at least half a dozen languages, and covered by the likes of Kathy Mattea, Peggy Seeger, Planxty, Dick Gaughan and The Fureys.

Joe Jencks & Si Kahn

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8pm  ♪  $25 / $28

Two of Nova Scotia's favourite sons bring their new album to Folk Night

J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning, both individually celebrated and critically acclaimed, have just finished a new recording and will be bringing it to Folk Night! These two comrades have been playing and writing together for over 20 years including two cross Canada tours in the late 90’s when Dave was J.P.’s bass player and the 2002 Stompin’ Tom Connors tour. Over the more recent years they’ve been known to show up at one another’s shows and to share their stages together and on days off at home in Pictou County are often seen hanging out together. They have a vocal blend and ability to play the guitar together that very much parallels their brotherly bond and somehow the sum becomes greater than the parts. After all the miles and twists and turns on the road one thing is for certain: their love of travelling together and singing and playing together. We welcome Dave back again, and look forward to introducing JP to Folk Night audiences!

Dave Gunning & JP Cormier

Saturday, April 14, 2018
8pm  ♪  $25 / $28

From BC, Shari Ulrich, Julia Graff, and Kirby Barber

Shari celebrates 43 years as a touring recording artist and multi-instrumentalist (violin, mandolin, piano, guitar, dulcimer, & harmonica). From Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist has lead to 23 albums – including her collaboration with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and more recently The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall & Colin Nairne.
Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, several Juno nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year.
Shari is joined by daughter Julia Graff, now 26 with a Masters in Sound Recording from McGill University - an accomplished multi-instrumentlist, busy recording engineer, producer, videographer and photographer. Julia engineered Shari’s most recent solo album “Everywhere I Go”, and has produced 2 videos for the High Bar Gang’s recently Juno nominated True North album.
Rounding out the Trio is fellow High Bar Gang member Kirby Barber.
This is our 12th concert honouring friend Merrick Jarrett.

12th Merrick Jarrett Concert
Shari Ulrich Trio

Saturday, May 5, 2018
8pm  ♪  $22 / $25


  • FRIDAY April 13 8pm: Laura Smith (presented by The Registry)
    SATURDAY April 14 10am: Performance Workshop with Laura Smith
  • SATURDAY April 14 1pm: Sing! Workshop with Tom Leighton
  • FOLK NIGHT - SATURDAY April 14 8pm: Dave Gunning & JP Cormier

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

 April 13-14, 2018

Laura Smith Concert: $25/28
Gunning & Cormier Concert: $25/$28
Workshops: $20/$25 each
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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 $107!. 
  • Need a ticket? Got an extra? Use the FolkExchange (returning soon) !
 Folk Night News:
  • Series passes are still $107 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 all ticket prices.
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