Vancouver Island homegrown songwriter and storyteller John Gogo will be hitting the stage Nov. 15 at the Cumberland Masonic Hall. Photo submitted

Vancouver Island homegrown songwriter and storyteller John Gogo will be hitting the stage Nov. 15 at the Cumberland Masonic Hall. Photo submitted

John Gogo’s Coal & Wood Show comes to Cumberland

John Gogo revisits the gritty mining and logging towns of Vancouver Island.

Vancouver Island homegrown songwriter and storyteller John Gogo will be hitting the stage Nov. 15 at the Cumberland Masonic Hall with his new Coal & Wood Show.

This engaging one-man show written and performed by John Gogo revisits the gritty mining and logging towns of Vancouver Island on Canada’s rugged western coast.

Haunting folk tales told by four generations of a Nanaimo pioneer family offer a fascinating look beneath the surface of history unfolded from 1895 to 1995.

Their songs explore the unique and layered lives of heroes and villains: the visionary Finns of Sointula, the notorious Dunsmuirs, labour martyr Ginger Goodwin, the ghost of Clarence Ballance and the infamous Brother XII of De Courcy Island.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $15 at the door. Partial proceeds support the Cumberland Museum and Archives.