2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest Now Open for Entries

The Gil’s Hootenanny 2017 Sing-Along Songwriting Contest is now open for entries.

April 1st is the deadline to submit your song to the Gil’s Hootenanny “songs of hope and protest” Sing-Along Songwriting Contest. Linked to May Day celebrations, this contest has given rise to some excellent musical creations from Canadian songwriters such as Tony Turner, who won in 2015 with his legendary song, Harperman.   Continue reading

Pat Moore with Pat McLaughlin and John Steele

Shannon Eddy Opening

When: Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron

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Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song. She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. Beyond her active solo career and as leader of many trio ensembles, Pat is also well known as a member of the bands Maple Hill Bluegrass and The Vinyl Frontier. Website… (http://www NULL.patmoore NULL.net/)

Joining Pat is Pat McLaughlin on acoustic guitar and mandolin. Pat has made quite a name for himself with his inspiring backup and lead playing. He is a much sought after player; can also be seen playing with Trevor Alguire, Ball and Chain, as well as in the travelling show “Grievous Angel, The Legend of Gram Parsons.” His vocal harmony brings a warm full sound to the songs.

Rounding out this trio is multi-instrumentalist John Steele, is one of the region’s most soft-spoken, but highly regarded, musicians. “He’s one of the finest musicians in the Ottawa Valley,” says Renfrew’s Mill Music owner Steve St. Michael.

BREAKING NEWS: Pat Moore’s trio with guitarist-mandolinist Pat McLaughlin and pianist John Steele will become a quartet with the addition of swinging acoustic bassist and cellist Ken Kanwisher. He played on Pat Moore’s first solo album and is a member of John Steele’s Western Swing Band.

Opening act is Shannon Eddy, a singer songwriter who glides effortlessly from folk to blues to jazz on piano and guitar with a strong voice and excellent musicianship.

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We Have a New President !

Susan Sweeney Hermon

Susan Sweeney Hermon

At its first meeting Spirit of Rasputin’s new board of directors accepted the resignation of Hollis Morgan as president and welcomed Susan Sweeney Hermon as Interim President pending a seach this fall for a new permanent president.

Thanks, Susan, for stepping up to guide the organization through the next months. Hollis will continue to volunteer and sit on the board.

Hollis, who served as president for six years,  indicated it was time for a change and that regular renewal is always healthy for a community based organization. Susan Sweeney Hermon, a member of acclaimed harp duo Acacia Lyra, is an active participant at Rasputin’s Open Stage and has been a member of the board since 2015.

SoR Board Meeting July 14 2016 Minutes