The Revelstoke Folk Music Society’s seasonal Revelstoke Coffee House series continues with a Jan. 24 show featuring The Metro-Gnomes.
The three-piece features former Revelstoke residents and coffee house regulars Jacob Verburg on guitar and vocalist Stephanie Clifford. The trio is rounded with bass fiddle stylist James Clark.
They play a fusion of jazz and folk.
(Jacob Verburg and Stephanie Clifford are featured in the video above.)
In an interview with the Mountaineer, Clifford explained herself and partner Verberg had settled in Tappen in December after spending time in Victoria.
Clifford is looking forward to seeing old friends at the show: “It’ll be fun. We miss Revelstoke for sure,” Clifford said. “We love being there.”
They were scheduled to play the Hootenanny in December, but a fatal MVI on the Trans-Canada shut the highway down. (And as we spoke, DriveBC put up a closure warning related to the ongoing Pineapple Express system.)
The Metro-Gnomes are one of several projects the musicians are involved with.
“We kind of just formed the little band kind of just for the coffee house circuit,” Clifford said. They play “folky instrumentals and bluegrass” inspired music with the spirit of jazz improvisation running throughout.
The ‘Gnomes set will be a mix of covers and originals. Clifford will touch on deeper themes in her original songs (“I’ve tried to write upbeat stuff, but it doesn’t work for me.”) Verburg will highlight his jazz-influenced repertoire, including some originals. They’ll play some old standards, including some Django Reinhardt covers.
It’s mostly about having fun. “Whatever we feel like,” Clifford said. “Coffeehouses are pretty forgiving.”
This non-alcohol event welcomes musicians to the stage to play up to three songs. Sign up starts at 7 p.m. $3 door.
Coffee and treats served.