David Baril & Caroline Balderston Parry at the Log Drive CaféDave&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, 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 musians 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.

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