The Beard – Lost For Words – June 14

Lost for Words

8:00 PM Sat Jun 14, 2014

At Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave
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SoR has decided to put on a full concert with “Lost For Words” with a $10 admission at the door instead of the usual Beard.  Half of the proceeds will go to The Spirit of Rasputin’s Scholarship Fund.  The Rasputin’s Beard will resume to its natural state September 20th.

Bruce Barton, Pippa Hall and John Henderson are Lost for Words

Pippa Hall on vocals, mountain dulcimer, and fiddle; John Henderson on vocals, guitar, and claw hammer banjo; and Bruce Barton on vocals, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and tenor banjo are Lost for Words.

Hall and Henderson have been playing as a duo for many years with a varied repertoire of traditional and topical folk music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their blend of voices and harmonies, whether a capella or accompanied by a variety of instruments, has entertained audiences at clubs and festivals. Barton got hooked on folk and traditional music during university days and has performed for many years since in folk groups, oldtime bands and Celtic ensembles.

Together, as Lost For Words, these three musicians provide an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs and ballads, as well as some toe-tapping Irish/Celtic, Appalachian and Québecois tunes, at times accentuated with some energetic Appalachian clogging. Their warm vocal arrangements of songs ranging from traditional folk and gospel to modern topical songs provide an inviting environment where the audience is encouraged to sing along.


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Rasputin’s Beard, Sept 13: Ron Mills Band, Dreamin’ Ways, Downside Kid

Dreamin’ Ways, Downside Kid, Ron Mills Band

8:00 PM Sat Sep 14, 2013

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


Designated charity: ARTSCAN CIRCLE (http://www NULL.artscancircle

Dreamin’ Ways



Dreamin’ Ways was born when John MacDonald and Heather Walsh met in Ottawa and discovered a shared loved of folk music and a special bond when performing. John is a singer/songwriter and luthier who’s been writing and performing for over 40 years. Heather is a former Ottawa broadcaster and federal government communications thingy who sang in various groups and settings in between times before chucking it all to pursue her dream of being a full-time musician. Their first CD together, ‘Love in a Hard World,’ was recorded live at Irene’s. Their songs describe the many ways we experience love: the magic of a first meeting, relationships that work and those that don’t, the birth of your first child, the death of a loved one, love from the perspective of a person with a mental health disorder, and even the love you feel for a favourite place to find peace and recharge. (http://www NULL.dreaminways

Downside Kid



Downside kid is an indie folk band which formed in Chelsea, Quebec. The band was founded in 2009 by singer-songwriter Jeremi Caron. Multi-instrumentalist Pascal Desgagné, who mentored Caron in his musical journey since his late teens, joined the band in 2010. The lyrical content of their songs often relates to family, romanticized life experiences and the longing of a past. Considered as a folk band through indie pop, their influences are very broad, including Harmonium, Guided By Voices, Elliott Smith, Eric’s Trip and Julie Doiron. They have released a 2-track demo in 2009 and are currently working on their debut full-length studio album. Jimmy Major and Jason Hamel joined the band in early 2013 to support the sound with bass and electric guitar. (http://downsidekid NULL.bandcamp

Ron Mills Band

SoR-Ron Mills

Born and raised on a small dairy farm near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Ron got his start in the Ottawa music scene nearly ten years ago touring the area with a traditional Celtic acoustic trio. After the band parted ways Ron set about settling his family in the Ottawa area and writing down ideas for his own songs.  The result is a blend of traditional folk, old country, blues and storytelling music that reflects his Northern Ontario upbringing. When asked about his song writing and guitar playing style Ron sites artists ranging from John Prine to Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt to blues greats like Stevie Ray Vaughn as his main influences. Must also mention his easy humourous performance style! (https://www NULL.facebook

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Rasputin’s Beard, Saturday, September 15

Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave at Byron
Who: Shannon Rose and the Thorns, Parkdale Exit, Allan Fraser, Clear
Sponsor: Public Service Alliance of Canada, National Capital Region
No cover charge. We will pass the hat to support Harmony House (http://www NULL.harmonyhousews

100% of proceeds donated to Harmony House women’s shelter


Shannon Rose and the Thorns
Shannon Rose enjoys the quiet life: reading, Scrabble, and tea—she saves her vocals for the stage where she unfolds her tender folk-pop and retro soul songs that are marked by  gentle idiosyncrasies that give the songs character. That she gets to do all of the above with her guitarist husband Steve at her side, is as sweet as the honey in the tea, or a zed on a triple word score. When Shannon met Steve he had a funk band, and she had just picked up the  guitar. With his help she recorded a song as a birthday present for a childhood friend… which sparked the songwriting pilot light for Shannon. She learned new chords on the guitar and  wrote more, until she had enough bedroom demos for her debut full-length album: Sing Me a Song (2008). Steve and Shannon’s talented musician friends soon signed on to help bring her songs to life in recordings and on stage as The Thorns. Over the past year Shannon Rose & The Thorns have recorded and released four five-song EPs inspired by the diverse Canadian seasons, aptly titled Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  The recording process was kept close to their Ottawa home with funding from the City of Ottawa, Shannon’s guitarist husband Steve Matylewicz working as producer, bass player; and Ottawa super-producer Dean Watson engineering at his Gallery studio, Phil Bova Jr. mastering at Bova Sound (Feist), Michael Schultz on horns and keys (Hilotrons and Mashed Potato Mashers), and Tim Watson on drums (Dave Norris, Jack Pine & The Fire). The EPs also feature special guest appearances by other Ottawa musical talents including Adam Fogo, Dave Norris, Brian Simms, Matt Ouimet, and Shannon’s cat Maddie who always manages to sneak a meow or two into home recordings. (http://www NULL.shannonroseandthethorns (https://www NULL.facebook! (http://www NULL.myspace!)

Parkdale Exit

Parkdale Exit is an Ottawa alternative singer-songwriter band—from our west-end ‘hood—comprised of Calere Boudreau (guitar, vocals, percussion), Tracy Clark (guitar, vocals), Rick Kersey (sax, flute, vocals) and John Lloyd (mandolin/vocals). To quote Calere: “As for the band’s bio, well there’s not much to say. I met them through playing open stages and I didn’t want to play alone so they were nice enough to play with me so we played together and I wrote more songs for us to play, then we came up with a name and played some more.” “Nuff said! Parkdale Exit plays often at Daniel O’Connell’s pub in the ‘hood. (https://www NULL.facebook

Allan Fraser

Allan Fraser is a strikingly original artist—an iconic, influential and legendary Canadian songwriter and performer—whose work resonates with musical intelligence and passion.  In the 70s, he released two albums internationally on Columbia Records—with his then-partner, Daisy DeBolt,, whom he met In 1968—as  the spell-binding duo Fraser & DeBolt, purveyors of “far-out folk”. He has played the Philadelphia, Mariposa, and Winnipeg folk festivals… appeared in concerts at major clubs, on TV and radio in the U.S.A, Europe and Canada… and has composed and performed on film soundtracks. He has worked with jazz guitarist Lenny Breau, singer-songwriters Jesse Winschester and Bruce Cockburn, plus musical actors Cedic Smith and Tom Jackson. Many other artists have recorded his songs, including John Oates (Hall & Oates), The Duhks, Tom Russell, Keith Miles, Mike Asquind, Jim Cope, Blue Love Monkey, Cal Hand with Leo Kottke, Cassell Webb and Penny Lang… to name just a few! His compelling songs are described as “powerful acoustic folk-rock”. His evocative lyrics and melodies infuse in a distinctive way all his own. “Dance Hall Girls” is a favourite wherever pickers and singers gather. Allan is currently recording a new album with Studio Q (aka Quentin Meek). Originally from Sherbrooke, Allan has lived in Montreal since 1994. Ottawa proudly welcomes him back to town… it’s been far too long and we hope to see him back again soon! For this Beard, Allan is joined by Quentin Meek and Yoland Houle. (http://allanfraser (http://www NULL.reverbnation (http://www NULL.myspace


CLEAR is Sue Johnson, Christian Patterson and Jason Hutt. They combine addictive hooks, jazz licks and cabaret-style vocals to create songs of love, loss and redemption. As the band’s upper-case name implies, CLEAR makes music of brilliant clarity, every word and note shining in songs that grab and hold the listener’s attention. It is a sound that has won the band a discriminating, loyal following in its hometown of Ottawa, Canada.
Ottawa Citizen music reporter Wes Smiderle wrote: “Johnson and Patterson’s talents mesh beautifully as CLEAR, a sunny brew of folk and jazz melodies anchored by Johnson’s rich and powerful vocals.” Sue and Christian are the constants in a line-up that has ranged from relaxed duo to at times a rocking group of over a half a dozen musicians. In more than ten years together, Johnson and Patterson have played innumerable venues in Canada’s capital and beyond, performing songs that are in turns infectiously upbeat and achingly beautiful. Their sophomore album, Never Falling Again, was released in 2011 and the songs are both sophisticated and strong. Robert Sutton of Jazz Corner writes, “Johnson and Patterson locate the sweet spot of melody; together they produce a mesmerizing marriage of cinematic atmosphere and profound longing.” CLEAR has performed with a number of celebrated Canadian acts, such as The Cowboy Junkies, Tegan and Sarah, The Northern Pikes, and Ember Swift. (http://www NULL.facebook (http://www NULL.reverbnation

Rasputin’s Beard Funnels Funds to Food Bank

Once again – under the sparkling chandelier of Westboro Masonic Hall – the sheer scope of local musicianship and songwriting amazed and entertained the lucky audience who attended the June 16 edition of Rasputins Beard! First we were revved up by the energetic alt-country drive and harmonies of songwriters Cornflower Blue. Then came the sophisticated world-inflected grooves and poetic lyrics of Graham Pilkington, in his first-ever front-and-center performance as “songwriter”, with the deft support of his trio The Pilkingtones. Mary Moore’s dynamic jazz vocals took us to the wonderful land of jazz-bo, her excellent full band Jazz Latté weighing in with a wonderful quirky instrumental. Finally the sounds of Duet Cantabile’s violin and guitar took us down the path of minor-key East-European soul, winding up with some delightful pop interpretations. These shows just get better and better!

Sublime musical satisfaction until the very last note: everyone went home with their ears well-stuffed! The final tally of donations to the Ottawa Food Bank was $543.52.

Beards resume in the fall after a summer break: September 15 and December 15 = mark your calendars!

Rasputin’s Beard – June 16, 2012

Rasputin's Beard June 16 2012

Who: Cornflower Blue, The Plikingtones, Jazz Latté, Duet Cantabile
When: 8pm, Saturday June 16
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
Why: To support the Ottawa Food Bank
Sponsor: Public Service Alliance of Canada, National Capital Region
No cover charge. We will pass the hat to support the Ottawa Food bank. (Please, no food donations.) Cash is the Food Bank’s most useful and versatile donation.

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