Ottawa Contra Dance


JiiG
Saturday March 11th 2017



Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Location: Mill Road Community Space, 8 Chemin Mill, Chelsea, QC (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20 when purchased here (below) or $22 at the door

In 2005, Ian Robb invited three of his favourite local musicians, James Stephens, Ian Clark and Greg Brown, to record an album with him. Out of that recording, which received glowing reviews and won one of the inaugural 2005 Canadian Folk Music Awards, came the band JIIG (the initials of the band members). The band performed for a while, and then for various reasons, faded from view. But now, by popular request and with some persuasion, they're back, at least for one Old Sod Society show, with their signature blending of mostly old songs and great tunes from all over the map ....well played, well crafted arrangements of traditional and traditional-sounding songs and tunes...JIIG is the perfect example of what can happen when good friends, who also happen to be extraordinary musicians, breathe new life into magnificent old songs... Sing Out! Magazine

James Stephens
Well-known as a record producer (Finest Kind, Pierre Schryer, Glen Road, Genticorum, The Brian Pickell Band and countless other artists in the folk/acoustic genre; winner of the 2003 Porcupine Award as "Producer of the Year"), James is one of Canada's most versatile and inventive fiddle players, mastering a multitude of styles from Cape Breton to Bluegrass, Quebecois to Appalachian Old Time, Irish to Ottawa Valley. James plays "anything that has four strings", and often works his way through violin, 5-string violin, mandolin, tenor guitar and bass in the course of a performance. He has played with a Who's Who of Canadian folk music, from Lynn Miles to Eh?, Ecosse and Finest Kind, and has a shady previous life in classical and alt-rock music.

Ian Clark
Ian C's driving and creative guitar accompaniments have been a fixture on the Ottawa celtic music scene since the early '90s. Ian toured for a while with Canadian fiddle great Pierre Schryer, and recorded a superb live album with Pierre at Ottawa's venerable Rasputin's Cafe. Outside of the celtic scene, Ian's musical roots are in swing and rock'n'roll, and he plays rockabilly with Ottawa bands, The Lowball Bidders and The Dimestore Playboys.

Ian Robb
Ian R is, as he puts it, "a singer and occasional writer of old songs." The London, England-born singer and concertina player has spent the last 46 years in Canada, and in that time has helped to establish a number of well-regarded bands, including the Estelle Klein Award-winning Friends of Fiddler's Green and the internationally known harmony trio Finest Kind. He also co-founded Ottawa's Old Sod Society, and won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Singer in 2005.

Greg Brown
Alumnus of many bands including Matapat, Tuq and Glen Road, Greg is originally from Newfoundland, and cut his musical teeth on the tunes of Rufus Guinchard and Emile Benoit under the guidance of Newfoundland fiddle great Christina Smith. In more recent years he has added a variety of styles to his tune repertoire, most notably from the Irish and Quebecois traditions. Greg has also added accordion, anglo concertina, viola and guitar to his amazing arsenal. He also moonlights as one of Ottawa's most in demand live sound engineers.

All four JIIG members play regularly in The Old Sod Band, house band for the Ottawa Contra Dances for more years than any of them care to admit.

Listen to JiiG here.

You can find the event poster here.

Tickets


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Hannah Shira Naiman & Arnie Naiman
Saturday March 25th 2017



Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Location: Rosemount Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20 when purchased here (below) or $22 at the door

Well-known in Toronto's 'old time' folk music community, Hannah and Arnie come together in concert. Each having released individual solo CDs in 2016, they perform cuts from these backing one-another on banjo, fiddle and guitar.

Hannah crafts original songs that ring with influences of Ola Belle Reed, The Carter Family, American oldtime, and traditional English ballads. Her new record Know the Mountain ranges from sweet waltzes about fishes and birds to dark murder ballads and haunting instrumental reels.

Arnie Naiman is one of the leading exponents of old-time banjo and an important figure on the Canadian old-time and bluegrass scene, influencing many players with his dexterous approach with two-finger picking and clawhammer style. "My Lucky Stars" is his latest album. It consists primarily of Arnie's original tunes, written over the past ten years and features an all-star group of Canadian musicians.

Listen to Hannah here.

Listen to Arnie here.

You can find the event poster here.

Tickets


Fill in the name and email address of the attendee and click Add to Cart. If more than one person is attending then select Continue Shopping in the PayPal window and repeat the process to add more attendees. Once completed, click View Cart and then check out in the PayPal window.

PayPal will email you a receipt for your purchase. We will add the name of each attendee to our list and check names at the door on March 25th (no physical ticket required).

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Past Concerts

A list of our past concerts can be found here.