Lynn Miles Concert Packs the Elmdale

The first Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert was a huge success with a packed house of dedicated folk lovers. Lynn, a consummate performer, was funny, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining. Backed by the rich and sophisticated guitar work of Keith Glass, the show ranged from tender to raunchy, and was filled with memorable songs from her recent CD’s. Lynn played guitar and piano with hilarious self-deprecating jabs at her piano skills…of course her former teacher was in the audience! Despite the playfulness, her piano skills were apparent.  This was the perfect launch for the new Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert Series. By the way, if you missed this show, you also missed learning about  HAD…High Altitude Dryness! The banter between Lynn and Keith around this “condition” had everyone in tears of laughter.

Keith Glass and Lynn Miles

Audio Visual Podcast Rundown Feb. 3

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Computer trouble was just the latest in a series of mini-crises at Audio Visual world HQ this weekend, and I apologize for the delay. As a hilariously annoying part of these same problems, this week’s episode is only 37 minutes long. However, it’s an awesome half hour as I sat down with George Laing and Pat Moore from the Spirit of Rasputin’s, a community group dedicated to keeping the spirit of the departed Bronson St. folk club alive. The group has been hosting open mic and jam sessions on Monday and Tuesday nights at the Elmdale Tavern (1084 Wellington St. W.), and they’re starting a Sunday night concert series that kicked off on February 7th with a performance by Lynn Miles.

George and Pat talked to me about the history of the original Rasputin’s, how the Spirit of Rasputin’s got together, and what the future is for folk music in Ottawa. George talked about the new Sunday schedule of events, which include concerts every second Sunday, a live radio show taping on the third Sunday of every month, and a new band showcase called Rasputin’s Beard.

And no, as we discuss in the interview, they don’t know why the old bar was called Rasputin’s in the first place. However, the discussion does let me geek out about my knowledge of Russian history and throw a shout-out to my Russophile older brother. This week’s show is capped off by a great acoustic performance by Pat, who is a regular performer at the Monday night open stage events.

The song you hear before the interview is by John Carroll (pictured), a local folk musician who will be the first performer & interviewee at the live radio show from Rasputin’s and the Elmdale, CKCU’s Weekend Wrap-up, on Feb. 14. The monthly event is a fundraiser for CKCU radio, and features Pat Moore as the host.

Audio Visual is taking a break this week because I’m getting a sweet robot arm installed, but the show will be back next week – bigger, better, faster, and stronger. We can do it, we have the technology.


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