The Shoe Drops bring the sound of bluegrass to Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday, May 12

Tight three-part vocal harmonies and virtuoso string-picking: These are the sounds of The Shoe Drops, the Ottawa-area bluegrass band that we’re bringing to Westboro Masonic Hall on Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm. It’s the latest concert in our Featured Artists Series.

Also joining us will be singer-songwriter Alex Sinclair as opening artist.

The Shoe Drops play a blend of acoustic bluegrass, folk and country music — mostly original songs written by banjo player and singer Charlie Sohmer, who has six albums and over 500 songs to his credit. One of his songs was an award-winner in the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals’ Songs from the Heart competition. Charlie also plays with the Texas-swing band Shirt Tearing Boys.

Guitarist and singer Dan Artuso plays with Lynne Hanson and was formerly with Fat Man Waving and The Black Donnellys. He also runs his own recording studio.

Mandolinist Pat McLaughlin plays with The Gram Parsons Tribute Band and The Vinyl Frontier. Bass player and singer Martin Newman is currently with The Lucas Hanneman Express and Jack Pine & the Fire.

Fiddler Keith Snider, now with Lucky Ron, played for years with the alt-country band The Fiftymen.

Opening artist Alex Sinclair is a prolific songwriter; his output includes over 200 satirical songs for CBC Radio. He was a member of the Canadian folk trio Tamarack for more than 30 years and was recently President of Folk Music Ontario.
The Shoe Drops will be talking and singing on CKCU FM’s Canadian Spaces show on Saturday, May 5 at 11:00 am.

The Shoe Drops, with opening artist Alex Sinclair
Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, Ottawa
Saturday, May 12 at 8:00 pm; doors open at 7:30.
Tickets $20. Click below to buy them by credit card or PayPal.

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Once you’ve bought your tickets your name will be added to a list that will be kept at the door, so no printed tickets are required. PayPal will send you a receipt but it’s not needed for admission. Some seats may be available for cash at the door, but capacity is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.


More music for springtime

Here are some more musical dates for your calendar:

Thursday April 26 through Sunday April 29
Ottawa Grassroots Festival
This annual family-oriented celebration of folk music, dance and spoken word will be held from Thursday April 26 through Sunday April 29 at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave. Many of our favourite performers at Rasputin’s sessions will be featured at the festival. More information and tickets here (http://ottawagrassrootsfestival

Tuesday May 1
Gil’s Hootenanny: Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope
Gil’s Hootenanny is a community sing-along event that takes place each year on May Day, the international workers’ holiday. Musicians from a range of backgrounds take turns leading the audience to sing songs of protest and songs of hope. The event was inspired by Gil Levine (1924-2009), the founding Director of Research at the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and a great lover of folk music. The headliner this year is singer-songwriter Eve Goldberg. Tuesday May 1 at Clarke Hall in the RA Centre. More information and tickets here (http://gilshootenanny

Each Monday night at 7:00 pm we hold our Open Stage at the Whispers pub in Westboro. And on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm it’s the Folk-along Jam at the Vimy Brewing Company.

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We’re bringing singer-songwriter North Easton to the Masonic Hall on Saturday, February 10


North Easton in Concert
Spirit of Rasputin’s Featured Artists Series
Saturday, February 10 at 8:00 pm
Westboro Masonic Hall
430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, Ottawa
Tickets $20

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Singer-songwriter-guitarist North Easton (https://www NULL.northeaston, a Rockland-based performer with an international reputation, is coming to Westboro Masonic Hall to give a solo concert on Saturday, February 10. It will be the first event of the year in our Featured Artists Series.

Easton delivers his evocative lyrics and melodies in a powerful vocal style. He regularly tours Canada, with many appearances at festivals and on television, and toured Australia last November. He launched his first solo album “One of the Lucky Ones” to an enthusiastic Ottawa audience in 2016.

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As a songwriter North Easton has won competitions including the UK Songwriting Contest in 2016 with “What Are We Fighting For?” and the Indie International Songwriting Competition in 2016 with “Anyways”.

Fans have written to tell him how his songs have affected them and moved them to make changes in their own lives. “The new chapter is that I’m emerging, now, as more than a performer and storyteller,” he says. “The word I’ve heard now is ‘inspirationalist,’ if you will. At my show, it will make you cry, it will make you laugh and you might be slightly challenged. You will experience something emotionally, and that’s a powerful thing.”

In addition to his own writing and performing, North Easton is a committed supporter of the Ottawa songwriting community and of songwriting projects, helping and encouraging established and emerging artists with their music and careers.

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The concert starts at 8:00 pm with doors opening at 7:30. There may be a few tickets available for cash at the door, but advance purchase is recommended.

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