Irish Night at the Log Drive Café

What better way to counterbalance the big bar parties of St. Patrick’s Day than with traditional Irish singing and the sweet sounds of the fiddle!

Featuring traditional songs and tunes from the Emerald Isle, sung and played by two talented and charming young women:

Meaghan LaGrandeur (vocals and fiddle)
Robin Marshall (vocals and bodhran)

They will be accompanied by Paul Hawtin on guitar and perhaps one or two other added guests.

Friday, March 22, 2013, 7:30 to 9 pm

Abbotsford House Recreation Centre

950 Bank Street, across from Lansdowne Park

$7 at the door

The Log Drive Café is an ongoing series at Abbotsford House, featuring local folk musicians in a coffee house setting. The intimate setting is perfect for singing along, and all ages are welcome.

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

Wheelchair accessible

More information and a downloadable poster will follow shortly. For now, save the date!


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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