Gil’s Hootenanny Band is a four-person “social justice supergroup” consisting of Erin Saoirse Adair, Lyndell Montgomery, Elage Mbaye and Chris White. Formed in 2013, the band performs “sing-along songs of protest and songs of hope” at the annual Gil’s Hootenanny event in Ottawa and at other events throughout the year. The group is known for their rousing performances and their commitment to social justice.
Erin Saoirse (seer’-shuh) Adair is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist widely admired for her brilliantly-constructed songs and her highly relevant social messages. She plays guitar, violin, ukulele and piano. Erin won CBC Ottawa’s Lynn Miles Songwriting Contest in 2012, and Carleton University’s student songwriting competition in 2014. Her submission to the 2014 CBC Searchlight competition (“The Ugly Song”) finished in the “final four” nationally. Erin is a founding member of Three Little Birds, a three-woman folk trio nominated as “Best Emerging Artist” at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards. She is a student in Carleton University’s Bachelor of Music program. Erin released a self-titled CD in 2012 and is following up with a release in 2015. Website: www.erinsadair.com
Lyndell Montgomery is a songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who plays violin, guitar and bass… all very expertly! Her music has taken her to Europe, India, Australia and beyond. She has performed, recorded and toured extensively with Ember Swift, the Terry Gillespie Band and Captain Dirt & the Skirt, and she appears on more than 20 albums, including works by Garnet Rogers and Ferron. Lyndell’s musical activities include composition, artist management and studio production. She works as a music educator with the Alberta’s based Rocker Girl Camp and the Ottawa Blues Festival. Lyndell is the co-author of the acclaimed book, “Boys Like Her: Transfictions”. She produces Beau’s Oktoberfest, an annual three-day celebration of music, culture, beer and community in Vankleek Hill. Website: www.dirtandskirt.com
Elage Mbaye was born in Senegal, West Africa and arrived in Canada in 1986. A descendant of a large griot family, he began playing traditional percussion instruments and rhythms at age eight. Elage and his band have performed at festivals and venues over the past ten years, and he has collaborated with artists that include Lynn Milles, Jim Bryson, Lucie Idlout, Sarah Hallman and Souljazz Orchestra. Élage released his first solo album, Aksane, in 2010. His second solo album, Diame (peace), features songs in French, English and Wolof, inspired by various periods in his life “and feelings of sorrow, joy, poverty, prosperity and betrayal”. Elage toured nationally and internationally as part of the Mighty Popo band, and won a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award with them (“Best World Group”). He received a JUNO nomination in 2012 for his work with Souljazz Orchestra. Website: www.elage.ca
Chris White was born into a musical family and has been singing, writing songs and organizing musical events ever since! He plays guitar and “trilele” (a three-stringed ukulele), and is known for his witty lyrics and catchy sing-along choruses. He has released two CDs and is planning a children’s album. Chris co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as artistic director for 16 years, creating numerous opportunities for festival goers to engage with music and with one another. Chris teaches courses in singing, songwriting and performing, and d directs two choirs: The Sparrows, a group of home schooled children ages 4 to 9; and Brothers Aloud, a “just-for-fun” singing group for men. He hosts the “Canadian Spaces” folk show heard on CKCU FM on Saturdays from 10:00 am to noon. Website: www.folkzone.ca
Tickets are $20. Purchase online from the website, or at the OFC or at the door.
Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm.