When we were thinking about a possible theme for the next Log Drive Café, we wanted something that would help incorporate the talents of our friends from songcircle, Rodney Norman and Carol Michalyna. Rodney has a huge repertoire of English music hall songs and Carol often sings Irish songs, and many in both categories are comic in nature. We also wanted to showcase the duo of Neville Miller and Gail Anglin, who have developed a very professional show with a variety of songs in close harmony. Gail is also a well known storyteller in Ottawa.
Ranald came up the Good Times & Hard Times theme, and I think it will be an interesting focus for the evening. What strikes me as I think about my repertoire through this lens is that many songs combine comedy and tragedy: the tune may be cheerful and comic while the subject matter is tragic; the events may work out very well for some of the characters but not so well for others; or the same characters may experience good times and hard times within the same song.
I will post more information about each of the singers in the coming weeks, but in the meantime I hope you all mark your calendars and share the information with others in your networks. See you on September 27.
Good Times & Hard Times
at the Log Drive Café
Neville Miller & Gail Anglin
Rodney Norman & Carol Michalyna
Ranald Thurgood & Maura Volante
Friday, September 27, 2013
Abbotsford Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street across from Lansdowne Park
Doors 7, music 7:30 to 9:00
$7 at the door
Let’s laugh together and perhaps shed a tear as we sing along with traditional folk songs, led by three pairs of singers presenting the tragic and comic aspects of the human experience. Doomed love affairs, practical jokes, industrial accidents and buffoons of all kinds come to life in these old songs.
Each pair will take centre stage while the others (along with the audience) add their voices on the choruses. These duos have been singing together for many years and all six singers have sung together frequently at songcircles and concerts.
The Log Drive Café, a venue for traditional singing, was initiated in 2012 as an all-ages program of Abbotsford House, a recreation centre for older adults. Everyone attending is encouraged to sing along, in this intimate and welcoming setting, with tea, coffee and goodies available to sweeten the experience.