Parksville Farmers Market

Friday August 25th, 2017 we’ll be playing the Parksville Farmer’s Market 4:00pm. – 7:00pm.

Parksville Farmer’s Market


photo credit – Gillian Butler

Duncan Show Room – June 11th, 2017


as Long John from the Show Room puts it – “the Lantzville folk scene comes to the valley for an afternoon concert.

Mick Gibbs & The Konsorados

Sunday, June 11th
Show starts at 2:00 pm.
tickets $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.
call ahead and you will receive the advance admission price 250-748-7246

Duncan Show Room
131 Station Street _(ground Level)
serving up as much ‘original’ music as often as possible in an all-ages venue.
Duncan Show Room
All shows are streamed live. Check the website to link up if you can’t make it.

Thank you for supporting live music

Here comes the winter!


Playing the last Cedar Farmers Market of the year – October 30th 2016

Looking forward to the winter – Bill and I just booked a couple days at Risque Disque Recording Studio

I’ve a project that I’ve been working on a project for a few years now so hope to finish up buy May 2017.


Texada Roots & Blues Festival

Coming up this weekend – Aug 6th and 7th

The Texada Roots and Blues Festival !!

We’re really looking forward to this young festival.

It will be my first time to Texada Island and I can’t wait.

Also reconnecting with musician like Sam Hurrie and Eugene Krause (fellow Raincoast Studio recording artist).



Cedar Market celebrating 20 years and growing! January 29th

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Come and help celebrate The Cedar Farmers Market on Friday January 29th at the Cedar Hall

check links below for more information.

20 Years ago a couple of wise local women had the idea to start a farmers market at the Cedar Hall.

Suzanne Heizer and Jean Compton were before their time as now there are markets all up and down the Island : a wonderful thing.

It all started with tables set up out side the hall on Sundays. Local farmers sold their produce, meat and eggs. Local musicians added to the charm of this homegrown event-one of them being the Juno award winning blues man Ken Hamm who’s partner at the time was the late great Lynn Wallace. A top notch goat farmer and extraordinary gardener. They lived just down the road.

Over the years the market grew and grew and moved to it’s perfect current location at the entrance of the Crow & Gate’s property in Yellow Point. Ken moved to Saskatchewan in 2007 . We all love Ken and his great music and no one ever took him for granted or tired of his music, he has been so missed-but- he’ll be back on the Island to start the Cedar Farmer’s Market 20th year out right ! Joined by friends & local musician’s (please check the market webpage and facebook for more Information (links above).

The Konsorados one sunny day at the Market 2015.


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this letter is from Betty Benson (the Queen of the Market!) Her husband George is the King!


We wish YOU a prosperous 20th Season and we look forward to seeing you at our Musical Celebration: CEDAR FARMERS MARKET 20 YEARS AND GROWING HOSTS KEN HAMM AND FRIENDS.

While preparing  your business for the New Year think about how much the Cedar Farmers Market has contributed towards the success you have enjoyed to date. Together we can insure a great beginning to our 20th year.  LET’S MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER AND EMBRACE OUR AGRICULTURAL SUCCESS.

Cedar Farmer’s Market has some musical friends who believe in local food and are coming to play to support our Market. Announcing two time Juno Award winning KEN HAMM, plus DONNA AND BILL KONSORADO, TRINITUDE, CAPTAIN JACK and a SPECIAL surprise appearance!

Friday JANUARY 29th, 2016. Doors open at 6:30pm performances begin at 7:00PM -10:00PM at the Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar RD. There will be room to dance if the musical feeling grabs you, or sit and listen while visiting with friends.

Make sure to come hungry, COCO CAFÉ will be providing delicious food. We support their outreach and service element to the community. A cash bar will be available for beer and wine and Cedar Swamp water will also be available. We will have a Silent Auction and a 50/50 draw. Sounds like FUN? Then come and join us! Tickets available online at  or at the door $20.00 per person.

In order for this Celebration to be successful we need your support and involvement. There are many ways you can help:

SPONSORSHIP: Become a Friend of the Cedar Farmers Market and receive advertising throughout all the 20th anniversary celebration events during 2016.

DONATE an item(s) for the Silent Auction – please let me know what you have in mind for your contribution.

VOLUNTEER your time to help with set-up before the event, positions needed during the event or clean up after the event (10-11pm). Please let me know if you will be volunteering and a position will be assigned to suit you.

SUPPORT US if you are unable to attend please show your support by purchasing a ticket, which you can give to your valued customers.

CONTRIBUTE $ towards the hall rental, advertising and other expenses to help us defray costs of this event.

As committee head I thank you in advance. This celebration is all about YOU and your valued contribution to the Cedar Farmer’s Market as we grow and meet out financial goals together.

New Video


Painting by Steve Coffey

Title song for our new CD “Konsorados waiting for a train”


Never too old to wave at the Engineer
Line pennies up on the steel rail.
We lived between the tracks and the river.

Skippin’ church, skippin’ stones
Pretending we were hobos
Skippin’ south to meet the train

We were waiting for a train
We were waiting for a train

Walking back and forth, early morning
Heels echo on the wooden Platform
Sun’s backin’ up your silhouette

Word’s come down for Edmonton
A train’s derailed in Albreda
They’re waiting for a crew
to clean up the mess

We are waiting for a train
We are waiting for a train

Whistle blows, all aboard
feel the engine start to roll ……..

You’ve got to trust the understanding
between wheel and rail.
Between steam and locomotion

It’s every boy’s dream to ride the train

Danny Barnes (the main Banjo Cat in my life)

Checking Danny’s website, reading his blogs and listening to his music has been a part of my practice routine and my musical life since 2005 when I saw him live at the Music Festival in Courtney BC . He was there with Bill Fresell.
I was playing the festival in 2005 as well with Ken Hamm and was honored to be part of a banjo workshop that Danny Barnes hosted. Ken had introduced me to Danny’s Texas band “The Bad Livers” years before. An alternative bluegrass group so to be onstage with him was a  big deal in my world! It was after that I started following him online.
Danny is in one of the most generous and inspiring musicians I’ve ever come across.
Reading his blogs about how to be a back up musician, how to be an opening musician or on the subject of busking or how to make it in the music business plus stuff like listening to shortwave radio etc.
I hang on every word. Good Ol’ Danny Barnes

Pretty sure it keeps me a little sharper than I would be otherwise.

Issue # 35 of Fretboard Journal, Danny Barnes is featured and-on the cover! He had a good year in 2015 winning the Steve Martin Banjo prize ( I don’t think that’s what it’s called). That’s going to launch him into an even better 2016. Well deserved . I didn’t find a copy of the magazine so will have to order it and maybe it’s time to subscribe!


I call this photo “Star Struck” on a workshop stage with Danny Barnes at Music Fest 2005.



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