‘Folks Like Us’ brings folk music favourites to the VPP

The show continues August 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12

Brian Barber, Aaron Tessis, Alex Baerg, Sarah Smith and Ken Ross, perform in Folks Like Us. (Photo provided)

If you like singing along to Stan Rogers, humming as you hear Buffy Sainte-Marie, and wagging your finger to the music of Murray McLauchlan, the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia has the show for you.

Folks Like Us is now playing at the VPP honouring great Canadian Folk singers including Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Stan Rogers, Murray McLauchlan, Ian & Sylvia, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Leonard Cohen along with other folks such as Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and Peter, Paul & Mary.

“It’s not a lot of acting this play. It’s more about telling the stories of the artists that wrote the songs and our job is to portray those stories,” said Sarah Smith, a London-based musician who sings and plays a variety of instruments in her first theatre performance.

“These folk artist and their life experiences are coming through their songs, ” said Smith. “It’s very touching.”

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“It’s a concert with a little bit of added information and jokes and stuff like that. There’s even a sing-a-long section,” said Brian Barber, the show’s assistant music director who sings and plays piano, guitar, and a list other instruments in the performance.

Some of Smith’s favourite songs to perform include Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Bird on a Wire, and Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

“There’s a mandolin, banjo, guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, cajon, and the harmonicas,” said Barber.

“That’s the fun part,” said Smith.

Sitting in on Folks Like Us is bound to bring back some memories.

“It’s music people will know. It’s a journey. It’s nostalgia,” said Barber.

“We’re going to make you laugh, have fun, and maybe even cry,” Smith said.

The show plays at 2 p.m. on August 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 with an evening showing at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 11.

Tickets for a regular performance cost $41, or $40 for seniors and $27 for those 18 and under.

For more information, visit the VPP website.

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