The first Beard of the 2011-2012 season is a four-band showcase. If you haven’t attended a Rasputin’s Beard before, this is your chance! These shows are great for the whole family and all your friends…a fast paced evening featuring a wide variety of musical styles…and the price is right!!
Warning: there will be a LOT of toe-tapping and harmony singing during this show!
What: Rasputin’s Beard
When: Saturday, September 17, 2011, 8pm
Where: Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill at Byron
NO COVER!! This is a pass-the-hat-event.
This Beard features Fumblin’ Fingers, Steel Moon, Pouch Cotätoes, and Lost Colt.
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The instrumental octet Fumblin’ Fingers will get you kickin’ up your heels, with Traditional Music from the East Coast and beyond! Jigs and Reels, Polkas and Strathspeys! They formed as the house band for the community choir Atlantic Voices – The Newfoundland and Labrador Choir; their first performance with the choir’s Winter concert of 2005. Their instruments include guitars, fiddles, mandolin, bass, ektara, various woodwinds and tin whistles, accordions, bodhran, ugly stick and various percussion instruments. Fumblin’ Fingers have produced two CDs… their second CD “Rainy Day Jigs” is hot off the press! The members: Celeste Brad-bury Marshall, Tom Murray, Lynn Petros, Hannie Fitzgerald, Marcia Phillips, Wayne Mercer, Dave Huddlestone and Sue McCarthy.
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Steel Moon is an Ottawa-based contemporary folk-pop duo: Lise Larocque and Dave Miliken. Lise is a singer-songwriter, who has been penning lyrics in English and French since the tender age of seven. She is becoming increasingly known as a performer at various local clubs and festivals, also as a lead vocalist for Millstreet, a big brass band covering R&B/funk. Dave Milliken is a performer, songwriter, music teacher and studio-guitarist (several CDs). He also plays bass, piano and harmonica. Dave also performs solo, with the R&B/blues/swing band The Priorities, and with the classical guitar and flute Duo Capricci. He has also worked with Andrea England; their song Lemonade — the title song for one of England’s CDs — was a prize-winner in the 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest, out of 25,000 entries. A very well-schooled musician, Dave’s guitar work is featured on CDs for several artists.
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The Pouch Cotätoes are an a cappella singing qunitet who have been together for eight years, delivering five-part close harmony arrangements of contemporary songs dating from the 1950’s to 1980’s. The Cotätoes are all accomplished performers in various genres of music, yet simply enjoy the freedom and energy that comes from leaving instruments aside and getting close to their audience with just their voices. Based in Ottawa, these gentlemen can often be heard on street corners across the city with their lively and fun-loving style as they engage in spontaneous ‘guerilla’ a cappella wherever people gather. Pouch Cotätoes are: Chris Bancej, Mark Green, Stephen Beneteau, Ryan Lindsey and Jerome Gobuyan. They perform FUN covers of contemporary pop songs.
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Ottawa’s Lost Colt alt-country/folk band is part of the renaissance in country music. With three songwriters in the band, alt-country rockers Lost Colt can evoke Roy Orbison, the Cars, Blue Rodeo and Canada’s legendary Blue Shadows. Rick Fry writes clever, pop-inflected country, rock and folk songs. Dan Jetté is a prodigious writer of versatile melodic and infectious tunes. Conrad (“rad”) White started drumming on cardboard boxes after seeing Ringo Starr on the Ed Sullivan Show, then switched to drums thanks to his grandad’s generosity. Bruce Wozny (“woz”) cut his songwriting chops in West Coast folk and country bands, releasing two original albums prior to joining Lost Colt.