Greg Kelly and the Shards

Greg Kelly & The Shards

When: 8:00 PM Sat May 23, 2015
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave

Tickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal, at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.

SoRPoster-GregKellyGreg’s songs are somewhere within the folk and country music spectrum, with an emphasis on storytelling whether it be victory, defeat, love found, love lost, or life in general, always heartfelt and genuine.

If you listen carefully go Greg’s “to the side” banter between songs you become thoroughly entertained with his spur of the moment quick wit and sense of humour.  No matter where Greg performs he gets the audience laughing, tapping their toes, in tears and dancing.


GregKellyJoining Greg on stage will be Hollis Morgan on Dobro and banjo,  Dave O’Heare on bass, and Jamie Gullickson on drums and percussion.


Greg is one of Ottawa’s most prolific singer songwriters who has two wonderful CDs, Broken Windows and Slow Horses.  He will be working on a new CD as soon.


BrokenWindowsCoverTickets: $20 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal, at the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.


Ron Hynes

Ron Hynes

8:00 PM Sat Mar 14, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal

SoRPoster-RonHynes-webOne of Canadas premier singer-songwriters, Ron Hynes has created beautifully crafted signature songs for more than 35 years. He has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere.

Best known for his folk classic Sonnys Dream, Ron Hynes’ songs have been recorded by artists world-wide including Emmylou Harris, Mary Black, Christie Moore, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster, The Cottars, Hayley Westenra and many more.

RonHynes3With eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He was recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, and holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.

RonHynesIn the words of author, Donna Morrisey, Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer.


Tickets $30 available online here… (https://www NULL.paypal  the door or at the Ottawa Folklore Center at 1111 Bank Street.


Shirt Tearing Boys

Shirt Tearing Boys

8:00 PM Sat Feb 21, 2015

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Online Tickets $20 are SOLD OUT!!! Thank you!
A few tickets will still be available at the door. Please arrive early to obtain any of these.

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A Woody Guthrie memory from the early 20’s – carefree schoolboys escaping the heat and boredom of summer, shedding garments as they race to a cool, refreshing swimming hole. An innocent image from an era when lonesome country tunes spilled out of muffled tube radios. Acoustic blues channeled the pain of hard working folks. And jazz-infused tunes filled crowded Saturday night dance halls with laughter and hope.

Cool, refreshing musical moments of the last century are the heart and soul of Shirt Tearing Boys. Toe-tapping little gems picked up along the dirt roads of our collective past. The Boys (and Girls) dust off tunes penned by likes of Loesser, Tillman, Wills and Walker. Mixed with a dash of original tunes for good measure and infused with lively, fun spirit creates a refreshing musical blend that transports listeners to an almost forgotten, yet very familiar place.

About these fine musicians:

Ann Downey

Singer extraordinaire with Ottawa trio Finest Kind and accomplished on upright bass & claw hammer banjo, Ann can be heard live and on recordings with Sneezy Waters, The Old Sod Band, among many others.

Fred Guignion

Fred doesn’t like to talk about music in the past tense (Fat Man Waving, Ian Tamblyn, Hammerheads, Lynn Miles, et al). He just plays the dobro…beautifully.

Sally Robinson

Once an essential ingredient of the Toasted Westerns, Sally is known around town for her smokin’ jazz and blues backing herself on keyboards, accordion and clarinet – but not all at once. Quirky, sad, irreverent and blissed out – experience the many moods of Sally.

Charlie Sohmer

Banjo-ist, songwriter (six albums and over 500 songs), teller of tall tales. Please don’t laugh at his stories – it only encourages him.

Tony Turner

Melodic stories delivered with his bari-tony voice are the stock & trade of singer/songwriter and guitarist Tony, now with two CDs under his belt and many more tunes in his head.

George Laing

Folks may know George from his Black Donnelly days or currently mining Tin Pan Alley and early jazz favourites with the Lazy River Swing Band.  George serves up delicious fiddle riffs along with tasteful harmonica pieces to surprise & delight the senses.


Tickets are $20.  Purchase online from this website, at the OFC or at the door.

Door open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.

Come along for a magical evening and support our very talented local performers.


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Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

8:00 PM Sat Oct 18, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Durham-poster-WEBOnline tickets $20 available now!!
This 5-piece band grew out of the lively music scene of the Chateauguay Valley. Centered in historic Ormstown, Quebec, the band’s first performance was at the Ormstown Branches and Roots Music Festival in the fall of 2011.  Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets  will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues.  Their new Cd will be available for sale at the concert.


Lead singer Kevin Harvey started singing in a blues band, Blind Lemon Pie, and later on sang with Bollweevil Accoustic Band and Clarksdale Moan.

Guitarist David Whyte teaches both guitar and saxophone and has played in many bands over the past 40 years, including Hog Wild.

Guitarist Neil Elsmore is a chef and artist and played in Bollweevil Accoustic Band and church gospel groups with Kevin.

Bassist Carl Rufh plays in many bands including The Echo Hunters, Jimmy James, Sonja Ball, Grouyan Gombo and others.

Percussionist James Preimel is the latest addition to the band and plays with Coyote Yodel and other bands.

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Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

Terry McLeish with Terry Tufts

8:00 PM Sat Nov 15, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Online tickets $20 available now!!
Singer/songwriter Terry McLeish is an Ottawa Valley icon whose songs have won international acclaim and have been recorded and performed by others.

Raised in a military family and growing up in the 60’s, Terry couldn’t help being influenced by the great songwriters of the era and as well , the often humorous trials and tribulations of those who just want to live their lives their own way.

His songs reflect those battles that include cowboys and cowgirls, hobos and misfits, small towns and folks who just can’t win for losing. Having just got off a recent two-year stint with The Stone Fence Theatre, Terry is currently performing and writing for his second album to be released in the coming year.

Accompanying Terry McLeish will be Terry Tufts, legendary Canadian songwriter, performer and guitarist. Tufts continues to wow audiences with his songs and guitar playing and has been performing with McLeish for two years.

Grant Tomkinson, bass player extraordinaire, has been making a living solely as a musician for over 30 years. Grant’s playing is in great demand by some of Ottawa’s best bands including his own outfit, The Rockerfellas.

Tickets are $20.  Doors open at 7:30pm.  Show starts at 8pm.

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John Carroll – May 24th

John Carroll

8:00 PM Sat May 24, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
There is a map at the bottom of this event.

Tickets $20 online here…

John Carroll is a singer, songwriter, with three albums to his name.  His unique, jazzy blues style of Dobro playing and raspy voice keeps your toes tapping throughout his entire show.


Whether its performing for national broadcast on Canada Live with his band (CBC Radio One & Two, 2008), or traveling to the many music houses across Canada, John’s music treats his audiences to the vibrational equivalent of coming home.

John will be joined by Gilles LeClerec (mandolin), Phil Charbonneau (upright bass), Catriona Sturton (harmonica), and Birdie White (banjo). And…a perhaps a couple of surprise guest vocalists!!

Tickets are $20 at the door, on line or they can be purchased at the Ottawa Folklore Centre at 1111 Bank Street.

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Jamie Anderson

Jamie Anderson

3:30 PM Sun Dec 15, 2013

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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Show starts 3:30pm.  Doors open 3:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.  Ticket price: $10

Touring since the eighties, singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her warm and witty songs in hundreds of coffeehouses, concert halls, colleges and festivals in four countries and forty seven states. She has ten recordings including her newest Dare.This will be a CD release show with Ken Kanwisher joining her on bass.

Her music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR’s Car Talk, and stations all over the world. Jamie loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.

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2011/2012 Concert Lineup

The Spirit of Rasputin’s membership is very excited about our third season of concerts which begins on September 17 with our traditional opener: Rasputin’s Beard. We will continue to make the Westboro Masonic Hall our primary concert venue. However, we expect three concerts to draw audiences exceeding that hall’s capacity. Accordingly, we have arranged for The Creaking Tree String Quartet and The Sultans of String to perform at the First Unitarian Congregation at 30 Cleary Avenue. Also, Gil’s Hootenanny (always on May Day) continues to grow by leaps and bounds so that event will be held at the NAC Fourth Stage.

e-Tickets for all shows are available on-line now at the e-Store. Printed tickets are available starting August 15 at our Monday night Open Stage upstairs at Whispers, The Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank St, and at Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Bar, 1242 Wellington St. at Holland Ave.

NOTE: All concerts are 8pm on Saturday evenings except Gil’s Hootenanny which is 7:30pm on Tuesday May 1st. Doors open 30 minutes before showtime.

Rasputin’s Beard (our traditional season opener)
September 17, 2011 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Featuring: “Fumblin’ Fingers (http://www NULL.fumblinfingers“, “Steel Moon (http://www NULL.steelmoonsound“, “Pouch Cotatoes”, and “Lost Colt (http://www NULL.myspace
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron
“Hats ‘n Spats” Gala with Sheesham and Lotus
October 22, 2011 $20
A Tribute to Dean Verger with surprise guests and music by Sheesham & Lotus (http://www NULL.sheeshamandlotus )
Here’s a Youtube of Sheesham and Lotus (http://www
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Missy Burgess (http://www NULL.missyburgess and Keith Glass
November 19, 2011 $20
Our very own “Missy” has a new CD. This is the official “CD Release Concert”
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron 
Santa’s Beard
December 17, 2011 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Featured performers will be announced in the fall
Extending the Rasputin’s Beard concept to the holiday season, this event will raise funds for a local charity (recipient to be determined).
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron
Anders Drerup (http://www NULL.myspace with special guests Kelly Prescott (http://www NULL.myspace and Adam Puddington (http://www NULL.adampuddington
January 21, 2012 $20
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron
Lynne Hanson (http://www NULL.lynnehanson )
February 4, 2012 $20
Winner 2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron 
Note: The Creaking Tree String Quartet – has been cancelled and replaced by:The 20th Anniversary Great Canadian Song-Along!!
8pm Friday March 9th and Saturday March 10th

More details to come.

Double bill: John Bowman (http://johnbowman & Vince Halfhide with Chris White
April 21, 2012 $20
A shared evening with excellent local acts. (Youtube John (http://youtu
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron 
Gil’s Hootenanny sponsored by CUPE
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 7:30pm MAY DAY $15
Location: This year’s celebration of songs of protest and songs of hope is at the NAC Fourth Stage
The Sultans of String (http://www NULL.sultansofstring
May 12, 2012 $25
2010 JUNO Award Nominees for Instrumental Album of the Year! 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award triple nominee winning Instrumental Group of the Year.
Location: First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, 30 Cleary Ave, Ottawa
Chrysalis hosted by Missy Burgess
May 26, 2012 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Ottawans singing other Ottawans’ songs
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron 
Rasputin’s Beard our traditional season closer.
June 16, 2012 (no cover, pass-the-hat)
Bands to be determined.
Location: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430  Churchill at Byron 

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