Ottawa Contra Dance

Folk at the Oak

Launched March 2014 and run by Neville Miller, the Folk at the Oak is a great way to connect with traditional song!

Dates: 2nd Sundays of the month. There are NO session in July and Augusg. This season's dates are:

  • Sep 11th, 2016
  • Oct 16th, 2016 (3rd Sunday)
  • Nov 13th, 2016
  • Dec 11th, 2016
  • Jan 8th, 2017
  • Feb 12th, 2017
  • Mar 12th, 2017
  • Apr 9th, 2017
  • May 14th, 2017
  • Jun 11th, 2017
  • No session in July or August 2017

Time: 2-4+ pm

Location: Upstairs of the Royal Oak pub at Pretoria Bridge (Google maps: 221 Echo Dr.)


Folk at the Oak is being run on the lines of a typical British Folk Club, using a sign-up sheet at the entrance for anyone who wishes to perform. Each person or group of people will have the chance to sing and/or play 2 or 3 songs/tunes (~10 mins). Unlike a Song Circle, there will be no pressure on anyone to perform, listeners are just as welcome.

It is hoped that the material will be more traditional or established in nature (ballads, sea shanties, chorus songs, jigs, reels, airs) and can be a solo performance or one encouraging audience participation. It's an opportunity for aspiring singers and musicians to perform for the attendant audience.