Jenny Whiteley & Friends open our new concert season on September 9

Spirit of Rasputin’s launches a new season of its Featured Artists Series with a concert by country-folk-roots singer-songwriter Jenny Whiteley on Saturday, September 9 at Ottawa’s Westboro Masonic Hall.

Her performance will feature songs from her latest album The Original Jenny Whiteley, which according to the Waterloo Region Record (https://www NULL.therecord “sounds like the best front porch concert you never heard this summer.” It draws on Jenny’s formative influences and includes originals in the style of early jazz, jug band and old-time music.

The album was nominated for the 2017 Juno Award as Traditional Roots Album of the Year. Jenny is one of the very few artists to have won Junos for both of her first two albums.

She worked on The Original Jenny Whiteley with Sam Ellison and Teilhard Frost (Sheesham and Lotus), who will be backing her up at the concert with banjo, fiddle, harmonica, jug, jaw harp, whistling and hand and body percussion.

Also joining Jenny will be her collaborator and husband Joey Wright on guitar and mandolin and Toronto singer-songwriter Kristine Schmitt with vocals.  

The opening artist will be Ottawa-based traditional country and folk musician Mabel Beggs, whose repertoire, including her original tunes, recalls the sound of the early radio days. She also plays bluegrass, old-time and country with The Monroe Sisters, Pleasant Goat & Big Big Wolf, and the Aiken & Beggs duo.

Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, September 9, with doors opening at 7:30, at the Westboro Masonic Hall at 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron. Tickets are $25, available online with PayPal or credit cards (click below) or in cash at the door. Seating is limited, so advance purchase is recommended.  

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From the President

Welcome to Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society. We’re an active group of music lovers — including many musicians and songwriters — whose tastes include not only folk but many other kinds of music as well.

Our Monday night Open Stage brings together singers, instrumentalists, reciters and fans for an evening when you’re as likely to hear a Celtic harp or a didgeridoo as guitars and mandolins. You’ll hear folk, blues, country, pop, standards, poetry, original songs and works in progress. It starts at 7:00 pm Mondays at the Whispers pub at 249 Richmond Rd. in Westboro.

Whether learners or seasoned performers, everyone is assured of a warm welcome from their fellow performers and the music lovers who come just to listen.

If you’d like to jam with your fellow musicians, try our Tuesday night Folk-along Jam, which starts at 7:00 pm every Tuesday at the Montgomery Legion Hall at 330 Kent St. Players of all instruments and of any skill level are welcome to join in.

Our name Spirit of Rasputin’s is a tribute to the original Rasputin’s, the beloved Bronson Avenue folk club that closed in 2008 after a fire. A community group resolved to keep the spirit going, and we’re proud of the role we’ve continued to play in Ottawa’s musical life.

Each year we produce our Featured Artists Series, which brings headline artists to local audiences. We’re now lining up some outstanding talent for our 2017-2018 season, which will begin in the fall.

Spirit of Rasputin’s is a presenting partner in the annual Great Canadian Song-Along, a songwriting challenge, and in Gil’s Hootenanny, the May Day festival of songs of protest and songs of hope.

For news of all our doings, watch this website (which we’re currently renovating) and fill out the form to the right of this message to get on the mailing list for our newsletter.

If you have questions or comments, I’m at (president null@null rasputins and I’d be delighted to hear from you.

Susan Sweeney Hermon
President, Spirit of Rasputin’s

Missy Burgess Canada Day House Concert

Selected Events Around Town:
Missy Burgess Canada Day House Concert

Missy is in town!

In Constance Bay: Saturday, July 1 at 3pm

Optional pot luck party and musical jam to follow.

At the Home of Three Dogs & Marilyn Stratton-Zimmer: 144 Lane Street in Constance Bay located on a swimmable sandy beach.

Anyone wishing to participate in the post-concert pot luck party is welcome to do so. Please bring a dish and any beverages you wish.

Feel free to bring a musical instrument. Call 832-4033 to reserve your ticket.