Songs of Work at the Log Drive Café

2012 was a great year for me, with several opportunities to sing folk songs with many people, from the new Log Drive Café we started in June, to Colonel By Day in August, to a show at Gigspace in November. Thanks to all who attended or helped spread the word, and big thanks to Pat Goyeche of Abbotsford House and Merrilee & Mark of Alcorn Music Studios for supporting this work.

I am very excited to invite you all to the next Log Drive Café, taking place January 25. All the details are below. There will also be a facebook event for it.

The following Log Drive Café will be March 22, featuring Irish music. I will post the details later.

I will also take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful year, full of music and all other good things.


Songs of Work

At The Log Drive Café

Maura Volante, Ranald Thurgood & Bob Hatfield

Friday, January 25, 2013, 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.

After two successful events (Canadian Folk Songs in June and Songs of Protest in October), the Log Drive Café is getting down to work, with an evening of folk songs about making a living. We will bring you songs originating primarily from Canada, the British Isles, and the U.S.A., covering a variety of topics and functions. Some songs were made to sing while working, others for the picket line. Some are celebratory, many are complaining, and a few were made to help mourn lives lost. If you ever felt like singing at or about work, come help sing these songs in the intimate space of the Log Drive Café.

Maura Volante is a local singer of traditional folk songs, specializing in Canadian songs as well as those of the British Isles and U.S.A. Recent shows include Ballads & Sea Songs, November, 2012, Colonel By Day, August, 2012, and Canadian Songs at the Log Drive Café, June, 2012. Maura has been performing folk songs and teaching singing since the 1970s.

Ranald Thurgood is a singer, storyteller and folklorist, who specializes in Canadian material, but also sings songs of other countries. Recently featured with Maura in Ballads & Sea Songs and the Colonel By Day celebration, Ranald has performed and conducted workshops for many years.

Bob Hatfield, originally from Yorkshire, sings not only songs of the “north country” but other places as well. He is active in the creation of the Workers’ History Museum in Ottawa.

All ages welcome

Wheelchair accessible


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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