Canadian Folk Songs at the Log Drive Café

A Real Log Drive

Exciting news! I am doing an evening of Canadian Folk Songs at a new venue, with my daughter, Daphne, helping me out on guitar and vocal accompaniment. And it is wheelchair accessible! That is hard to find in this old city. Check out all the details below and on the events page.

The Log Drive Café


Maura Volante

in an evening of Canadian Folk Songs

with Daphne Volante on guitar and vocal accompaniment.

Friday, June 22, 2012, 7:30 to 9 pm

Abbotsford House Recreation Centre

950 Bank Street, across from Lansdowne Park

$7 at the door

Coffee, tea, juice and baked goodies will be available.

The Log Drive Café is an exciting new program at Abbotsford House featuring local folk musicians in a coffee house setting.

At this first session, Maura and Daphne will perform a variety of Canadian folk songs from across the country: work songs, love songs, ballads, sea songs and (typically Canadian) complaints about the weather. Most are traditional; a few are by contemporary songwriters. Audience members are welcome to sing along on the choruses.

All ages welcome

Wheelchair accessible

Watch for more events in the fall.


About Maura Volante

Maura Volante is a talented and experienced performer. Although she has written many songs over the years, her main focus these days is traditional folk songs. These are songs that have stood the test of time and have an enduring quality that speaks directly and clearly to the human experience. They also tell us about our history. Because these songs are not commonly sung in these post-folk-revival times in which folk music generally means singer-songwriter material, Maura has taken on the project of helping to keep this valuable material alive. Her specialty is Canadian folk songs, but she knows many songs from the British Isles and the USA as well. All her concerts and other programs are designed with group singing in mind. Whether in a concert, a tour, a social gathering, a classroom, a festival or a conference hall, Maura creates an encouraging atmosphere, relaxed and inclusive. She uses her strong voice and facilitation techniques to bring out the best possible music with these voices in this moment. Maura firmly believes that everyone can sing and, moreover, that everyone has a right to sing and be part of group singing activities, without judgement or criticism. No matter what the various skill levels of participants may be in any group singing activity, it always sounds good in a group, because the voices naturally attune with each other. Maura also teaches and calls contra dancing and simpler forms of traditional dancing suitable for all ages, often incorporating group singing into the dancing through the use of play party songs, which are sung by the whole group as they dance.
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