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Doug McArthur and friends In Concert | Paul Roberto Opening

When: Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave – Ottawa

Opening: Paul Roberto

Tickets $20 at the door or online at PayPal here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=L79WJBSAHHQUG)

Veteran singer-songwriter Doug McArthur will feature songs from his new CD Tears Like Rain in a concert on Saturday, June 10, at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa. The opening artist will be Paul Roberto, lead singer and guitarist of the award-winning Canadian bluegrass band The Dusty Drifters. Doug will be backed by Pat Maher on bass and bouzouki, Brian Dubbeldam on guitar and mandolin, and Bob Webb on Dobro and banjo.

Doug McArthur (http://dougmcarthur NULL.ca/) is continuing a long and colourful career on the folk scene as singer, writer and festival organizer. His songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Valdy, Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Colleen Peterson and Nancy White.

His song “Tears Like Rain” was performed by Randy Bachman in the early days of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and now re-emerges as the title track of Doug’s new CD. Reviewer Mike Regenstreif recalls hearing Doug’s own performance at a Montreal coffeehouse in the 1970’s: “It had opening lines, ‘Mr. Conductor, your train runs too slow, I paid for my ticket, I’m ready to go’ and a chorus, ‘Oh Lord, tears like rain, Linda’s got the blues again,’ that have stuck with me as an earworm for about 45 years.”

Regenstreif also cites as a highlight of the CD “The Big Canoe”, “a spokenword piece set against atmospheric music that draws on folkloric legends (or perhaps imagined folkloric legends) inspired by the river that runs through Wakefield, Quebec, the village north of Ottawa where Doug lives, and the Algonquin indigenous people who traditionally lived in the area.”

Pat Maher, accompanying Doug on bass and bouzouki, was raised in Shannon, a small Anglo-Irish town near Quebec City. He soaked up many musical genres, playing tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass guitar. Now living in Wakefield, he plays bass with artists including Ian Tamblyn, Chris MacLean, Bobby Watt and Ecosse as well as Doug McArthur. Pat is a member of bands The 2 Paddys, The Adorables and Tractor. He also mentors local youth in the “Be in the Band” program sponsored by RBC Bluesfest.

Brian Dubbeldam has been playing guitar since he was 12, when he chose it because everyone else in his family played piano. Along with bassist Pat Maher he backs up singer-songwriter Chris MacLean. Brian also operates an instrument-repair business in Ottawa. He will play mandolin as well as guitar.


Dobro and banjo player Bob Webb is a member of The Pie Plates, a band specializing in Americana, bluegrass and country. His father, brother and uncles were all musicians and fans of old country music. Bob played for many years out west, winning awards for his songwriting and performing.


Opening artist Paul Roberto, in addition to his work with The Dusty Drifters, plays with bandmate Gilles Leclerc as The String Masons. Originally from Belleville, Paul has been living in Ottawa for the past several years, making his mark on the bluegrass and traditional music scene. Singer-songwriter Lynn Miles has praised him as one of her all-time favourite singers and guitarists. This concert provides a rare opportunity to hear Paul as a soloist.

Doug McArthur poster rescheduled

Folk-along Jam is Moving!

Our Tuesday evening Folk-along Jam is moving from its former location at the Georgetown Sports Pub on Bank St. Starting on Tuesday, May 9, the Jam will now be held at 

           Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch
           330 Kent St. at MacLaren

            in the Montgomery Lower Hall
(See map at end of this post.) Continue reading

AGENDA | Annual General Meeting, May 7, 2017


  1. Treasurer’s financial review
  2. Election of officers
  3. Volunteer positions to fill:
    • Webmaster
    • Secretary
    • Membership Coordinator
    • Archivist (for past posters, publicity material, etc)
    • Artistic Director – Further discussion: It has been suggested that if a search for an AD is not successful in next months, that a small committee be formed as an interim solution, to arrange the Featured Artist lineup for the first part of 2018.
  4. Inventory
    • Purchase of accounting Software for financial updates
    • Purchase of vocal mics and large speakers from Hollis
    • Acquisition of CD duplicator and printer for small runs
  5. Vision, discussion on where does SoR go from here?
    •  Expand, contract or status quo?
    •  Relationship with Folkrum ?
    •  Youth initiative – so far not successful.
    •  Venues – the Montgomery Legion now home to Folk Jam
    • What about The Next Stage, Rasputin’s Beard, Chrysalis, Songalong
  6. Other Business

2017 Spirit of Rasputin’s JAM/AGM

A jam followed by our Annual General Meeting
Sunday, May 7, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron

Bring your guitars, ukes, kazoos and voices for a fun jam session. Then we will hold our Annual General Meeting; an important item on the agenda will be the election of new Directors to replace the three whose terms are about to expire. If you are willing to serve on the Board, please let me know at president@rasputins.ca (president null@null rasputins NULL.ca) or speak to me at the meeting.

There are currently several important roles to be filled (whether by Board members or other volunteers):

The Secretary keeps the minutes of our Board meetings.

The Treasurer keeps financial records, manages cheques and signatures, and every year arranges for an audit, presents financial statements at the AGM and files tax returns.

The Membership Coordinator promotes and accepts memberships at our events, keeps a directory of members, and tracks membership fees.

The Webmaster maintains and updates our website, including calendars of events and news announcements, and handles email addresses and forwarding. The skills required are WordPress administration, image manipulation, basic programming skills in PHP, HTML and CSS, understanding of web hosting, and handling of an FTP application.

These are important jobs because they keep Spirit of Rasputin’s running. Please get in touch with me (president null@null rasputins NULL.ca) if you’d like to know more, or if you know anybody who might be interested — even someone who is not now among our Rasputin’s membership.

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

Advance tickets $20 online at PayPal here… (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=8MGJ5QX94DZFA)

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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.



Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, Tom Lips – SOLD OUT

Fantastic Song Circle: Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, Tom Lips

8pm, Saturday Jan. 21, 2017
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill at Byron

SOLD OUT!! Thank you !
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Rick Fines and Lynn Miles, two of Canada’s most accomplished singersongwriters, will team up with outstanding Ottawa talents Megan Jerome and Tom Lips at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa on Saturday, January 21. Folk, blues, roots and jazz sounds will be on the menu as the four artists share the stage to trade songs in song-circle format. This will be the first event of 2017 in the Featured Artists Series of Ottawa’s folk music society Spirit of Rasputin’s.

Rick Fines (www.rickfines.ca (http://www NULL.rickfines NULL.ca)) brings his signature vocal growl and guitar chops to original songs that show the influence of blues, juke joint folk and dockside soul — genres that he both embraces and defies. A veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he has won multiple awards as performer and songwriter. “A musician from the Great White North won the hearts of the festival audience … won the top prize with his unique guitar styling, sly tongue-in-cheek humor and a distinctive voice.”Greenville Advocate, Alabama

Lynn Miles (www.lynnmilesmusic.com (http://www NULL.lynnmilesmusic NULL.com)) creates music of unbridled feeling and open vulnerability. She has to her credit 12 albums, a Juno Award for Roots and
Traditional Solo Album of the Year, and multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards including 2011 English Songwriter of the Year. Her “Three Chords and the Truth” was recently chosen as the closing song on the popular BBC TV series “Case Histories”. “Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” – Dallas Morning News

Ottawa’s Megan Jerome (www.meganjerome.com (http://www NULL.meganjerome NULL.com)) began her musical life with family singsongs and went on to train in classical and jazz piano. Her songs have
been described as bold, intimate and full of light. She brings a singular artistic voice to her performances whether with a full band, in small combos or as a soloist. “Megan wears her heart on her sleeve when she sings but is not afraid to look you in the eyes as she does it.
Her songs, her lyrics and her performance tell stories that draw you in.” – Petr Cancura, Ottawa Jazz Festival

Tom Lips (www.tomlips.ca (http://www NULL.tomlips NULL.ca)), also from Ottawa, is a deepvoiced singer-songwriter who has created more than 300 songs in an eclectic mix of styles, varying in mood from heartbreak to hilarity. He is also a dynamic storyteller of both traditional and original tales rich in humour and fantasy. His poetry has appeared in The Fiddlehead and Descant. “Tom Lips is a soft-spoken, well read and romantic songwriter whose imagery gets inside one and paints a picture richly textured with beauty.” – Dean Verger, Rasputin’s






Bowser and Blue

Bowser and Blue
(tickets $30 ea.)
8pm Saturday, Nov 19th
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill at Byron
Advance tickets are sold out to 95% capacity. Thank you! A few tickets will be available at the door between 7 and 7:30pm.
Bowser and Blue poster

Bowser and Blue poster