The Log Drive Café


Songs of Women
Ellen MacIsaac, Daphne Volante & Maura Volante

Ellen frame pic largeDaphne frame pic largeMaura frame pic large

Friday, March 27, 2015

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

In this thematic evening, three talented women present songs from the female point of view. We’ll leave aside, for the occasion, the shanties and logging songs, and focus on the experiences of women, through a collection of folk songs from Ireland, Canada, England and the U.S.A. Each of the three performers will sing solo as well as with each other, and, according to the tradition at the Log Drive Café, they welcome the audience to sing along on the choruses.

Ellen MacIsaac specializes in Irish singing, particularly sean nós (old style), in both Gaelic and English. In addition to her participation in local ceilis and sessions, she performs in international competitions. In 2012 Ellen won first place in sean nós singing at the Oireachtas Gaelge Cheanada, and represented Canada at the Oireachtas na Samhna. She also directs the Celtic Choir, and lectures at Carleton University on Celtic studies and Celtic-style singing. Ellen impresses all who hear her with her strong voice and her melodious singing style. We are delighted to be able to feature her in the month that contains St. Patrick’s Day as well as International Women’s Day.

Daphne Volante has a passion for the old ballads and a particular attraction to those that go into the dark places. But her broad repertoire also includes happy ditties and sweet love songs. She has made numerous appearances at the Log Drive Café with Maura, Ranald Thurgood and others, and at other venues such as the Old Town Hall and Colonel By Day. Her singing is powerful, not only in its depth and strength, but also in its ability to convey emotional content, bringing immediacy and contemporary relevance to the oldest songs. Daphne is also the instrumentalist of the evening, with solid guitar work on the songs that need them.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.

Maura Volante has performed traditional folk songs at various events, including Colonel By Day and an evening of songs and stories put on by the Ottawa Workers’ History Museum. She has produced and performed concerts at the Old Town Hall, and is a regular performer at local folk clubs and sessions such as Folk at the Oak and Celtic Kitchen Party at the Celtic Cross. She has also appeared numerous times at the Log Drive Café, the venue she initiated and co-produces. Maura focuses on Canadian folk songs but also sings a few from the British Isles and the United States. Her strong, clear voice will grab your attention and hold it on the solo material, while her harmonies and easy, infectious attitude work very well on the group songs.

Here are a couple of links to videos featuring Maura & Daphne

Feller From Fortune

Far From Home

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.

Note:  Please bring indoor shoes if possible, as the space is used for yoga on Monday morning.

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

The Log Drive Café has its own website:

Contact Maura Volante with further questions:

maura (dot) volante (at) gmail (dot) ca  • 613 277 9208

Here is a downloadable poster. Feel free to help spread the word!

Songs of Women poster 17.02.15


I’m always open to coming to your events and helping add some singing and dancing. Let me know if you are interested in that.

Get on my list to receive information directly about coming events. Email me (maura dot volante at gmail dot com) and I will add you to the list.

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