A Brief History of the Club
The Cochrane Valley Folk Club is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, dedicated to presenting original, authentic, live, concert-format music in Cochrane, Alberta. The folk club first met in the Cochrane Boys and Girls Club in 2000, where local artists performed for crowds of fifty to seventy-five people. From this humble beginning, the club has evolved into a strong performing venue, featuring major internationally touring artists who perform for crowds of up to 250 enthusiastic, rapt listeners in the intimate atmosphere of the Cochrane Alliance Church.
Stellar entertainment, first-rate production, and dedicated volunteers have contributed to the club's consistent growth and reputation. Be it folk, blues, roots, or world music, the club's monthly concerts are a great source of musical entertainment.
Cochrane Folk Music Society Mission Statement
- To provide Cochrane with a venue that would bring together a group of people with a shared passion for original, authentic music, and to form a strong sense of community from that.
- To provide entertainment in a concert format that creates an enjoyable experience for both the performer and the audience and where music is listened to and appreciated.
- To provide a networking opportunities for both musicians and non-musicians through participation in open jams and attending concerts.
Our Mailing Address
- Cochrane Valley Folk Club
P.O. Box 471
Performing at the Club
Club Concert Schedule
The Cochrane Valley Folk Club is dedicated to bringing world-class music to the Town of Cochrane. Our season runs from September to April each year with typically 8 concerts scheduled in that period. Our regular venue is the Cochrane Alliance Church providing a great listening atmosphere for an appreciative audience. The club does not operate during the summer months as all our volunteers are out enjoying the many great festivals held throughout Western Canada.
Headliners for our upcoming season are usually chosen very early in the year in consideration of season ticket sales.
Artist Selection Criteria
The Cochrane Valley Folk Club strives to showcase a mix of musical styles (folk, blues, roots, gospel, bluegrass, world) each season. We feature both established performers and emerging artists, usually as opening acts. Canadian and Alberta based talent is our mainstay however select international artists will also appear each year. If you would like to be considered for a spot in our lineup, the following criteria should first be considered:
- Musical Genre - preference is given to acts featuring traditional folk styles. Our audience appreciates singer-songwriters who can entertain and expand on their songs. For a better idea, visit our Past Performers page.
- Material - those artists with a minimum of 1 CD and experience at various folk festivals will have an advantage. Although we love to feature new artists as openers, with only 8 concerts each year, our goal is to bring the best acts available to the folks of Cochrane.
- Variety and Sharing - A concert at our club is more than just the music. We are seeking artists that can demonstrate a variety of musical directions and share their life stories with us. A great concert should leave the audience with a new perspective and something new on which to reflect.
- Performance - Although CDs and links to myspace sites provide some great insights into a musician's capabilities, nothing beats seeing an artist live. Many of our selections are based on having seen someone previously in another venue. The summer folk festival circuit is the biggest resource in our selection process.
Contacting the Club's Artistic Director
Performers wishing to play at the Cochrane Valley Folk Club can contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please realize that we receive many requests and that a response may not be forthcoming. Better yet would be to let us know when you'll next be playing in the Calgary area. Press kits, promotional CDs and other correspondence can be sent to:
- Cochrane Valley Folk Club
P.O. Box 471
Other Calgary Area Folk Clubs and Music Venues
Although our club only hosts 8 concerts each year, there are plenty of other folk clubs, festivals, and music clubs worth contacting. You can find a list of these venues on our Links webpage.