Sing Out à la Pete Seeger

Come join us at the Log Drive Café for a celebration of the legacy of Pete Seeger.

Bob Carty singing Pete Seeger

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Log Drive Café Poster

Here is the poster, in jpeg and pdf formats, if you would like to download it and share it in any way you like:

David&Caroline poster 11.03.14David&Caroline poster 11.03.14

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David Baril & Caroline Balderston Parry at the Log Drive Café

Dave&Caroline photo 27.02.14

Friday, March 28

7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7)
Abbotsford House Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street (across from Lansdowne)
$7 at the door.

Two excellent singers, well-known to lovers of folk music in Ottawa, will share this evening, with a variety of wonderful old songs.

David Baril is a strong singer of traditional folk songs, including sea songs and shanties, oldtime country, gospel and treasures from the Canadian folk tradition in both English and French. He is also a shape-note singer (you can ask him about that). David runs a monthly songcircle, called Trad Sing, in the Barley Mow, a cozy pub in Almonte, and sometimes leads community singing at such venues as the Ottawa Folk Festival.

Caroline Balderston-Parry sings folk songs from Britain and the U.S., unaccompanied or with mountain dulcimer. She and her English husband David Parry, who were influential members of Toronto’s folk music community, started up Ottawa’s first Songcircle when they moved here in 1990. Caroline has both performed in concerts and led workshops in schools for many years. She now lives mostly in Montreal, and is the proud parent of a new book (Heron Spirals) and of Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Evalyn Parry (singer-songwriter/theatre artist).

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held on on occasional Friday evenings, featuring local folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.

Abbotsford House is a wheelchair accessible recreation centre focused on older adults; however, the Log Drive Café is an all-ages event.

You can help spread the word about this event by sending people a link to this website and by sending the following link to the facebook event page:

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Thanks to Those Who Came to Our Valentine’s Day Show!

We had a great time singing Songs of Love & Lust on February 14, and really enjoyed all the singing coming from the audience, too. This is the great joy of doing concerts: creating a space for group singing. What a lot of endorphins all in one room!

I am busy making plans for spring and will be posting some announcements soon.

Meanwhile you can catch me doing some contra dance calling next Tuesday, February 25, at the Community Dance. I will call the first half and the other callers in the Ottawa Callers’ Collective will handle the second half. Get all the details at

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Songs of Love & Lust

Maura & Daphne Volante & Ranald Thurgoodcouple in bed

Friday, February 14, 2014
7:30 pm
Old Town Hall
61 Main Street, Ottawa

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at a concert of old folk and blues songs about happy love, sad love and making love. Drawing on traditions from the British Isles, Canada and the USA, Maura, Ranald and Daphne will present songs ranging from ancient ballads to dirty blues, combining voices, guitar and mandolin. Your voice will be part of it, too, as you are encouraged to sing along on the choruses.

Tea, coffee and sweets available at the break.

$10 advance, $12 at the door
Contact Maura for advance tickets.
If the price is an obstacle to your attendance, please contact Maura for a reduced rate.
All are welcome.

Here is a poster you can download and print if you like, in jpg or pdf:

Songs of Love & Lust poster

Songs of Love & Lust poster

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Lost For Words Poster

Here’s a poster for the upcoming Log Drive Café featuring Lost For Words, in case you would like to print it and put it up on your fridge or the fridge at work or your local community centre or whatever.

Lost For Words Log Drive Poster-1

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Lost For Words at the Log Drive Café

It’s a new year and we’re off to a good start at the Log Drive Café with a local group called Lost For Words. Come on out and enjoy!

LFW photo1

Friday, January 24, 2014

Abbotsford House Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street
, Ottawa, across from Lansdowne Park

Doors open  at 7 pm
Music 7:30 to 9 pm
$7 at the door

Traditional and Contemporary Folk Songs & Ballads
Irish/Celtic, Appalachian & Québecois Instrumentals.
Pippa Hall – vocals, mountain dulcimer, fiddle
John Henderson – vocals, guitar, clawhammer banjo
Bruce Barton – vocals, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, tenor banjo

Pippa Hall and John Henderson have been playing as a duo for many years with a wide and 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 in Québec, Ontario and the central prairies. Bruce Barton got hooked on folk and traditional music during university days and has performed for many years since in folk groups, old-time bands and Celtic ensembles at various venues in Ontario and throughout the U.S. Midwest.

Together, as Lost For Words, these three musicians complement each other vocally and instrumentally. They 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.

The Log Drive Café is a venue offering, since 2012, an opportunity to both hear and sing along with local folk musicians. A program of the Abbotsford House Recreation Centre, the Log Drive Café is for all ages. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee and goodies are available at the break.

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