Lost For Words at the Log Drive Café

It’s a new year and we’re off to a good start at the Log Drive Café with a local group called Lost For Words. Come on out and enjoy!

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Abbotsford House Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street
, Ottawa, across from Lansdowne Park

Doors open  at 7 pm
Music 7:30 to 9 pm
$7 at the door

Traditional and Contemporary Folk Songs & Ballads
Irish/Celtic, Appalachian & Québecois Instrumentals.
Pippa Hall – vocals, mountain dulcimer, fiddle
John Henderson – vocals, guitar, clawhammer banjo
Bruce Barton – vocals, guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, tenor banjo

Pippa Hall and John Henderson have been playing as a duo for many years with a wide and varied repertoire of traditional and topical folk music from both sides of the Atlantic. Their blend of voices and harmonies, whether a capella or accompanied by a variety of instruments, has entertained audiences at clubs and festivals in Québec, Ontario and the central prairies. Bruce Barton got hooked on folk and traditional music during university days and has performed for many years since in folk groups, old-time bands and Celtic ensembles at various venues in Ontario and throughout the U.S. Midwest.

Together, as Lost For Words, these three musicians complement each other vocally and instrumentally. They provide an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary songs and ballads, as well as some toe-tapping Irish/Celtic, Appalachian and Québecois tunes, at times accentuated with some energetic Appalachian clogging. Their warm vocal arrangements of songs ranging from traditional folk and gospel to modern topical songs provide an inviting environment where the audience is encouraged to sing along.

The Log Drive Café is a venue offering, since 2012, an opportunity to both hear and sing along with local folk musicians. A program of the Abbotsford House Recreation Centre, the Log Drive Café is for all ages. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee and goodies are available at the break.

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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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