Maura Volante is a talented and experienced singer and teacher living in Ottawa, Ontario. Although she has explored many styles, she is essentially a tradition bearer, and her focus is traditional Canadian folk songs, mainly in English, with some in French. Her beautiful, clear singing voice balances the emotional and narrative content of each song.
Over many decades, Maura has learned old songs that ordinary folks would sing in their homes and workplaces. Some of these folk songs were brought here by early settlers from England, Scotland, Ireland and France, and others were made in Canada, about logging, migration and other local conditions. Some tell stories, others complain about the weather and other hardships. There are also plenty of songs about love and personal strife. These songs tell our history and connect us to universal human concerns.
Whether in a concert, workshop or multi-week course, Maura shares her love of folk songs and practices with people of all ages. Maura believes that group singing is a powerful tool for building community, and that folk songs are very well suited to this process. Maura is a strong advocate for inclusionary processes, and every performance or workshop is an opportunity for everyone in the room to be part of it. She creates an encouraging atmosphere, relaxed and accepting of every voice.
Maura is performing at the New England Festival Association (NEFFA) Festival, in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
April 21 to 23, 2023.
Check out Maura’s album: Safe & Sound: Traditional Canadian Folk Songs, on Bandcamp and all the streaming services. Mauravolante.bandcamp.com
You can contact Maura at Maura.Volante@gmail.com
Kinds words from others
Mary: So pleased to have made this connection. Maura you are an inspiring, talented soul. Keep it up.
Patty: Hello Maura. I was at the show and was absolutely delighted with the evening, I would really like to join your song circle.
Susan: Maura, it was great last night! Please keep up this great event for us that appreciate participating in culture, in music, in heritage, even without being particularly gifted musically!
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Maura Volante – Folk Singer, Teacher, Song Leader
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