There is a glow across the land…

In this newsletter
– Jan 21st Anders Drerup
– Other Upcoming Events
– The value of membership

Anders Drerup

Who: Anders Drerup with Kelly Prescott and Adam Puddington
When: 8:00pm January 21, 2012
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron

In Canada’s blossoming music scene, Anders Drerup has jumped quickly from the streets of his home town to the far reaches of Canada and beyond. The twenty-something singer/songwriter carries an impressive resume in formats ranging from reggae to classic country. He has logged tours of Europe, Australia, Cuba and Canada and has recorded in premier studios around the world. In addition to his first instrument, guitar, Anders also plays mandolin, steel guitar, banjo, harmonica, piano, bass and dobro. He got his start playing in clubs in Ottawa, but soon started to catch the interest of musicians far his superior.

On our stage, he is joined by long-time collaborators Kelly Prescott and Adam Puddington. If you saw Anders and Kelly in the roles of Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris in the production Grievous Angel: The Legend of Gram Parsons, then you probably already have your tickets! They are joined by Kelly’s husband and talented songwriter Adam Puddington. Adam’s craft is wholly original, and warmly familiar. While close listening offers traces of Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Ian Tyson and Blue Rodeo, Adam’s music arises from the hard-won and carefully tended ground he stands on, ultimately and unmistakably his own.

Tickets: $20 online here (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=BB8YRTTE35LVE), at the Ottawa Folklore Centre, or at the door the night of the concert.

Coming up soon

Feb 4: Lynne Hanson: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill (tickets here) (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S32P729YJJJ8S)
Feb 5: The Next Stage featuring Spencer Scharf, Dynamite Hotel, and Dave Morrow 7:00pm upstairs at Whispers Pub, 249 Richmond Road (pass-the-hat)

Membership Counts

Membership drive target: 100+ members

Membership provides Spirit of Rasputin’s with two essential strengths: a strong community connection, and a durable financial foundation. Our community of members provide direction, volunteers, and encouragement to pursue our mandate, which is to develop folk music and local performers in exciting and responsive ways. The modest dues that members pay each year create the cushion we need to offer 90% of our events as free or pass-the-hat events and to take modest risks with larger productions and new directions.

If you are not already a member, please consider joining us and add to our strength. I admit that joining The Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society is essentially an altruistic act. Our list of “member benefits” is short. The most important tangible benefit is the right for your opinion to be heard and to count at members’ meetings, notably at the Annual General Meeting coming up on March 18. Members may also promote personal events through the Spirit of Rasputin’s website and newsletters. Members know that every twenty dollars added to the kitty helps us build stage infrastructure, pay an advance deposit to a concert artist, cover an expense at one of our venues (to maintain goodwill with our landlords), or pay for the insurance that permits us to operate in a variety of commercial venues. But the most important part of membership is being part of a folk community that pursues its agenda at a grassroots level in a socially responsible manner.

We continue to grow at a manageable pace in both number of members and number of events. We have grown from 37 members one year ago to almost 80 members today. I hope we can reach 100 members by the time the March AGM rolls around. During the past year we added The Next Stage and additional Rasputin’s Beards and turned all the Beards into strong charity fundraisers. This spring we are adding Cabaret Concerts at a new location (Le Michel-Ange at 35 Laurel) and planning is under way to resurrect the bluegrass and celtic events that were fomerly part of Rasputin’s Cafe. If all plans succeed, by the end of 2012 Spirit of Rasputin’s will be presenting close to 150 events each year. 120 of which will be participation the events Rasputin’s Open Stage, The Folk-Along Jam, The Bluegrass Jam, and the Celtic Jam.

New applicants can fill out the application form online (and even pay your dues online (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MAHZ44FGW4P4S)). If you prefer, you can pay your dues at the Rasputin’s Open Stage or at any of our concerts.

If you are already a member you simply need to pay your 2012 Membership dues online here (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=MAHZ44FGW4P4S), at the Open stage or at a concert.

Thanks for indulging me. I hope you are all having a fun, wintry January. It’s time to shovel some of that glow off my driveway. See you soon.

Hollis Morgan
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society

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