Maura & Daphne Volante, Ranald Thurgood & Bob Hatfield at the Log Drive Café

The Log Drive Café


Maura & Daphne Volante, Ranald Thurgood & Bob Hatfield

Friday, May 23
7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7)
Abbotsford House Recreation Centre
950 Bank Street (across from Lansdowne)
$7 at the door.

The founders of the Log Drive Café (Maura & Ranald) return (with friends) to finish off the season with an eclectic mix of folk songs. There will not be a theme for this show, but there will be many songs with choruses so you can sing along.

Maura Volante combines singing skills, a passion for traditional folk songs and an ability to make everyone in the room feel free to sing along. She has an extensive repertoire of folk songs from Canada, the British Isles and the United States.

Daphne Volante grew up singing folk music and took up the guitar as a teenager to accompany both singer/songwriter favourites and her original songs. In the past few years she has built an impressive repertoire of ballads and other traditional folk songs.

Ranald Thurgood grew up in a musical family with Maritime roots, and has a long history of both singing and studying folk song and storytelling traditions. He started playing mandolin a few years ago and will be adding some of that to the show.

Bob Hatfield, who appeared at the Log Drive Café last year for the Songs of Work show, is a wonderful singer originally from Yorkshire, who sings traditional material from that area of the world as well as fine North American songs.

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held 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.

Contact Maura Volante if you have any questions:

maura dot volante at gmail dot com


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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