This Week: Songs of Work at the Log Drive Café

It was difficult to cut down the list of work songs to the length of the show, but we have done it. Rehearsals are underway, the program is planned, and we are getting excited about the show this coming Friday at the Log Drive Café. I am also excited that a film crew will be recording the show for use on the Ottawa Workers’ History Museum website. Links will be provided from this site.
Friday, January 25, 7:30-9:00 (doors open at 7:00)
950 Bank Street

Log Drive Café Poster Work 4.01.13


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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One Response to This Week: Songs of Work at the Log Drive Café

  1. kgottawa says:

    Aw darn – I can’t be in 3 places at once (Ian Tamblyn in Burnstown loses out based on distance) – but I have been given tickets to Sneezy Waters at the NAC, and I am a fan. Did you ever see his “Hank Williams, The Show He Never Gave” ? I saw it in the ’70’s and was captivated, but I’ve heard it was done as a film.

    You may know that he’s from Westboro, and his parents, the Hodgsons, are (were? – not sure whether still alive, maybe not) members of First UU. Of course, I didn’t know that at the time.

    I hope you sell out, and have a good time too! I’ve sent the notice on to friends.

    Break a leg – K.

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