Folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald will perform in the MAC Folk series March 18 at The McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

Folk singer-songwriter Chris Ronald will perform in the MAC Folk series March 18 at The McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville.

Folk flavoured by the Isles

Singer-songwriter finds groove after move from UK; to play MAC in Friday Folk series

Since emigrating to Canada from England in 2002, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Chris Ronald has embraced and adopted the West Coast sound to rave reviews from critics and fans.

Friday evening, he will share his craft in Parksville when he appears as part of the MAC Folk series at the McMillan Arts Centre.

Ronald will be joined by award-winning multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis for Friday’s performance.

Achievements since the March 2014 release of Ronald’s Timeline album include a nomination for Songwriter of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and a place in the finals of the coveted Kerrville New Folk contest in Texas.

His recordings have been aired on CBC and BBC radio, and Timeline was recently selected as Album of the Week by Blues and Roots Radio and broadcast worldwide.

Ronald emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and he has retained the flavour of his homeland in music which has been likened to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.” (Stuart Derdeyn, The Province).

In addition to being a teacher and father of three, Chris tours nationally and internationally while remaining actively involved in the local music scene in Vancouver. In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is both captivating and unique.

Chris is predominantly a solo artist but often performs as a duo with Ellis. He is currently recording a new album with Ellis and they will be performing some songs from the new project.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, or $12 for OCAC members. Advance tickets are available at The MAC, 133 McMillan Street, and at Cranky Dog Music at 154 Morison Ave. in Parksville. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit info@mcmillanartscentre.com or call 250-248-8185.

— Submitted by The MAC