Here's a current list of the places you can hear me play music in the next couple of months and the people and bands I'll be playing with.

DATE
BAND
LOCATION
EVENT
TIME
January 6, 2006 The Sybaritic String Band with Vancouver caller Shelagh Macguire at the St. James 1st Saturday contradance on Friday!! 8-11:00
Jan 21 The Sybaritic String Band at the Hollyburn Lodge performance 7:30-10:30
Feb 4 The Sybaritic String Band with caller Maureen Collier from Vancouver, BC at the St. James 1st Saturday contradance 8-11:00
Feb 9 Rich and Susan at the Lake City Dance in Seattle Contradance 8-11
Feb 11 The Sybaritic String Band with caller Marian Rose at the Capri Hall on Fraser at 23rd 5th Annual Chicken and Egg Dance Fundraiser for Organic Egg Farmers 7-10
Feb 17 Rich and Susan play for caller June Harman at the Roundhouse Community Centre Family Valentine's Barn Dance and BBQ 5:30-8
Feb 24-26 Whiplash and KGB w/ callers Gaye Fifer and Susan Michaels at Bonsor Recreation Centre VCD's annual Raincoast Ruckus Dance Festival 8 pm Friday to 4pm Sunday
March 4 The Sybaritic String Band with caller Mike Schuh from Seattle SJCS 1st Saturday contradance 8-11
March 18 The Sybaritic String Band Regent College Contradance 7-10
March 26 Rich and Russell Shumsky Unitarian Church Service 11am-1pm
April 1 The Sybaritic String Band with caller Bob Rentz from Vancouver SJCS 1st Saturday contradance 8-11
April 11 New Series!! Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
April 22 Rich and Susan Blake with caller June Harman VCD at Capri Hall contradance 8-11:30
April 25 Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
May 6 The Sybaritic String Band with caller John Gallagher from Seattle SJCS 1st Saturday contradance 8-11
May 9 Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
May 23 Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
June 2 The Sybaritic String Band with caller Barb Kirchner from Vancouver SJCS 1st Saturday contradance ON FRIDAY!! 8-11
June 13 Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
June 15 Hommage Quebecois reunion Tour Begins!! Rochester contradance 8-11
June 16 Hommage Quebecois Ithaca contradance 8-11
June 17 Hommage Quebecois Syracuse Cream of the Crop contradance 8-11
June 27 Rich & friends Our Town Cafe Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday French Canadian Jam 8-11
       

The Capri Hall is located in Vancouver at 3925 Fraser St., between 23rd and 24th Ave.
The Elgin Hall is located in Surrey at 14250 Crescent Rd. Call 604-531-6066 for more information.
The St. James Community Square (SJCS) is located at 3214 W. 10th Ave at the corner of W. 10th and Trutch in Vancouver, B.C.
Our Town Cafe is located on the NW corner of Kingsway and E. Broadway in Vancouver.

The Sybaritic String Band- The Sybaritic String Band is myself on fiddle, mandolin and percussion, Brian Hayden on fiddle and percussion, Barry Cole on Mandolin and Harmonica and Geoff Peters on piano.

The Sybs, as we are often referred to, play for contradances and special events like parties, weddings etc. Our repertoire features Southern Appalachian, French Canadian, Celtic and modern fiddle tunes. For bookings, please contact Brian or phone him at 604-888-0413.

Whiplash- Whiplash is myself on fiddle and mandolin, Paul Gitlitz on fiddle and mandolin, Andrea Cooper on banjo, flute and whistle, Russell Shumsky on various percussion including djembe, congas, digeridoo and bodhran, and Leith Davis on piano.  Paul also plays as a "hug bug" with world reknowned children's performer, Charlotte Diamond and runs a local recording studio.  Andrea also plays with the band, Afro Shillelagh, who recently released their first CD. Russell is a legend in his own mind and will someday become a world famous drummer, if he has anything to say about it. He also plays with Afro Shillelagh. Leith, a professor at SFU is busy raising 3 children and publishing books on Scottish and Irish this 'n' that. The Whips, as we are known around town, play fiddle tunes -composed by Rich and Paul and other modern tunesters- for contradances and special events and can be reached for bookings by contacting Rich at 604-734-8170 or email.

Rich and Susan is a duo comprised of myself on fiddle and Susan Blake on piano. We are available for dances, coffeehouse performances and other fun gigs. Contact me as above.

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page updated 16 March 2006