Doug McArthur and friends In Concert

When: Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Where: Westboro Masonic Hall


Opening: Lindsay Thomson

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Veteran singer-songwriter Doug McArthur will feature songs from his new CD Tears Like Rain in a concert on Saturday, April 1, at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa.

He’ll be backed by bassist Pat Maher and multi-instrumentalist Tom Leighton. Young singer-songwriter Lindsay Thomson will be the opening artist.

The concert is part of the Featured Artists Series of Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society.

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 Doug McArthur Pat Maher Tom Leighton 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 (http://patmaher NULL.wix NULL.com/patmahermusic#!) was raised in a large musical family 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.

Tom Leighton (http://tomleighton NULL.info/site/) plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone — sometimes several of them at the same time. He regularly accompanies Canadian fiddle greats on piano, accordion and bouzouki, in styles including Celtic, East Coast, Métis, Scandinavian and swing. He is also half of the celebrated Canadian duo Mark Haines & Tom Leighton.

Opening artist Lindsay Thomson (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/lindsaythomsonsmusic) is from Kenora, Ontario, but has carried on the Wakefield connection by recording her song “Wakefield”. She wrote it as a course assignment at Carleton University, where she is a student in the singersongwriter
stream of the Bachelor of Music program. Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 1 at the Westboro

Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, with doors
opening at 7:30 pm.

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