Author Archives: Maura Volante

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.

Thanks for coming to the show!

I just want to thank everyone who came to our recent show. These days I have no shows of my own planned but I am working on it. In the meantime I am busking whenever I can in the Byward … Continue reading

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

The Log Drive Café presents 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 … Continue reading

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Sing Out à la Pete Seeger

Come join us at the Log Drive Café for a celebration of the legacy of Pete Seeger.

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Log Drive Café Poster

Here is the poster, in jpeg and pdf formats, if you would like to download it and share it in any way you like: David&Caroline poster 11.03.14

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David Baril & Caroline Balderston Parry at the Log Drive Café

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, … Continue reading

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Thanks to Those Who Came to Our Valentine’s Day Show!

We had a great time singing Songs of Love & Lust on February 14, and really enjoyed all the singing coming from the audience, too. This is the great joy of doing concerts: creating a space for group singing. What … Continue reading

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