Opening: Paul Roberto
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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.