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Doug McArthur and friends In Concert

When: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave – Ottawa

Opening: Lindsay Thomson

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, April 1, at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa.

He’ll be backed by bassist Pat Maher and multi-instrumentalist Tom Leighton. Young singer-songwriter Lindsay Thomson will be the opening artist.

The concert is part of the Featured Artists Series of Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society.

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 Doug McArthur Pat Maher Tom Leighton 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 (http://patmaher NULL.wix NULL.com/patmahermusic#!) was raised in a large musical family 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.

Tom Leighton (http://tomleighton NULL.info/site/) plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone — sometimes several of them at the same time. He regularly accompanies Canadian fiddle greats on piano, accordion and bouzouki, in styles including Celtic, East Coast, Métis, Scandinavian and swing. He is also half of the celebrated Canadian duo Mark Haines & Tom Leighton.

Opening artist Lindsay Thomson (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/lindsaythomsonsmusic) is from Kenora, Ontario, but has carried on the Wakefield connection by recording her song “Wakefield”. She wrote it as a course assignment at Carleton University, where she is a student in the singersongwriter
stream of the Bachelor of Music program. Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 1 at the Westboro

Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, with doors
opening at 7:30 pm.

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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.

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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

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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

Hispania!

Hispania posterThe second of our 2016-17 Featured Artist concerts is coming up October 29th with HISPANIA! a concert of beautifully unusual and rarely performed repertoire of Medieval and Renaissance Spain. Soulful ‘Romances’ of the Sephardic Jews are interwoven with songs of courtly love and tragic loss, and in the second half, you are invited to cross the ocean to hear a variety of rhythms of the Spanish diaspora in South America.

The performers are a blended group of Ottawa musicians with singer Sylvia Larrass, Greg Weeks on cello and tabla, Graham Lindsey on percussion and flute,
and Celtic harp duo Acacia Lyra, with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon.

Mark your calendar ! October 29th. Tickets $20:




Featured Artist Series – Fall 2016

September 17
Tony Turner Trio

  • 8.00 pm  Sat. September 17 (Doors open 7.30 pm)
    Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Ann Downey, Tony Turner, Sarah Hill

Ann Downey, Tony Turner, Sarah Hill

The Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society is kicking off its Featured Artist concert series for 2016-17 this coming Saturday September 17 with the Tony Turner Trio.

The trio is a blend of three dynamic and seasoned musicians – our very own Tony Turner, now of national Harperman fame, Ann Downey on bass and Sarah Hill, violin.  Tony is an engaging performer whose songs, delivered in a warm rich voice, will have you slapping your knee or wiping a tear away.  Ann Downey and Sarah Hill are first-class musicians with enviable reputations in their own right. You can expect an evening of plentiful and diverse music with these three on stage. We look forward to this event, and to seeing you too! More info…

Tickets, $20.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=PXM9X26Y45TEQ) or at the door on the day of the concert.


October 29
Hispania

  • Sat Oct 29 2016 8:00 PM
    Westboro Masonic Hall

Hispanic and Sephardic songs across the ages and continents.

Featuring:
Acacia Lyra, (harp duo with Janine Dudding and Susan Sweeney Hermon), Sylvia Larrass (soprono), Greg Weeks (cello), and Graham Lindsey (flute, percussion).

Haunting early Spanish and Sephardic music, as well as traditional and contemporary songs of Latin America.

Tickets, $20.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VZ8WZ2TGPQDD8) or at the door on the day of the concert.


November 19
Bowser and Blue

  • Sat Nov 19 2016 8:00 PM
    Westboro Masonic Hall

Bowser and BlueGeorge Bowser and Rick Blue write and perform music and comedy. In 2011 their latest work; “Schwartz’s – The Musical”, inspired by Bill Brownstein’s best-selling book about the Montreal Delicatessen, ran for nine sold-out weeks at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre.

They appear in theatres and concert halls across Canada, and from 2007 to 2012 they headlined the Canadian Snowbird Extravaganza concert series, both in Canada and the United States, returning again in 2013 / 2014. More info…

Tickets, $30.00  can be purchased online through Paypal (https://www NULL.paypal NULL.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=WSEL2F9M7RHWL) or at the door on the day of the concert (if not sold out!!).

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