David Baril & Caroline Balderston Parry at the Log Drive Café

Dave&Caroline photo 27.02.14

Friday, March 28

7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7)
Abbotsford House Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street (across from Lansdowne)
$7 at the door.

Two excellent singers, well-known to lovers of folk music in Ottawa, will share this evening, with a variety of wonderful old songs.

David Baril is a strong singer of traditional folk songs, including sea songs and shanties, oldtime country, gospel and treasures from the Canadian folk tradition in both English and French. He is also a shape-note singer (you can ask him about that). David runs a monthly songcircle, called Trad Sing, in the Barley Mow, a cozy pub in Almonte, and sometimes leads community singing at such venues as the Ottawa Folk Festival.

Caroline Balderston-Parry sings folk songs from Britain and the U.S., unaccompanied or with mountain dulcimer. She and her English husband David Parry, who were influential members of Toronto’s folk music community, started up Ottawa’s first Songcircle when they moved here in 1990. Caroline has both performed in concerts and led workshops in schools for many years. She now lives mostly in Montreal, and is the proud parent of a new book (Heron Spirals) and of Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) and Evalyn Parry (singer-songwriter/theatre artist).

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held on on occasional Friday evenings, featuring local folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.

Abbotsford House is a wheelchair accessible recreation centre focused on older adults; however, the Log Drive Café is an all-ages event.

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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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