All six of the performers for the Good Times & Hard Times show are regulars at Ottawa’s Song Circle, which meets twice a month in various people’s homes. This is not a performance venue but has provided us all with great opportunities to practice our material and harmonize together.
Neville was born in North Lincolnshire, England and grew up amid the Folk Revival of the ‘60’s. He began singing in the local club (Chelmsford) in the late ‘70’s. Here in Ottawa, he produced an evening of songs associated with the Industrial Revolution, recited several of the Stanley Holloway monologues at Ottawa Storytellers events, and performed at the Fourth Stage a few times. A devotee of traditional songs of the English speaking world, he is keen to keep the tradition alive.
Gail has always loved singing, and over the years she has sung everything from opera and Gilbert and Sullivan to Broadway and folk songs. She is especially fond of harmonizing and has had the great good fortune in recent years to share melodies and harmonies in shows and just for fun with two wonderful tenors – Neville Miller and Tom Lips. Gail is also well known as a storyteller and is an active member of Ottawa Storytellers.
For many years Rodney has been interested in singing. He has a particular interest in Folk songs, music hall songs and monologues. He has enjoyed performing at open mics, song circles and Ottawa story tellers events
Carol has loved music, song, and dance from a very young age. She grew up in a music-loving household where she was exposed to many different styles of music and would enthusiastically sing along. Her eclectic mix of song styles include folk, pop, country, and Byzantine church music.
Born in Nova Scotia, Ranald is a singer, storyteller, and folklorist, with a large repertoire of traditional songs, mostly Canadian. Ranald has sung and performed for many years at song circles, coffee houses, festivals, and concerts.
Maura has been singing traditional folk songs all her life, and in the past few years has been a passionate promoter of this material, producing a number of concerts and initiating community discussion about folk music here in Ottawa. Most of her repertoire comes from the Canadian collections, but she also includes songs from Britain and the USA.