Ottawa Contra Dance


Past Concerts


Here are some of the past concerts put on by the Old Sod Society of Ottawa.




Rosie Hood & Ollie King
Saturday September 30, 2017



Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

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

Tickets: $23 when purchased here (below) or $25 at the door

Rosie Hood & Ollie King are two brilliant young British folk artists. They are singer guitarist Rosie Hood and melodeon whiz, singer and multi-instrumentalist Ollie King.

Having contributed to each other's recent solo albums, having done numerous live performances together and with a wealth of traditional, folk and other material in their heads, Rosie and Ollie are setting out on tour together to perform their own solo work and other, new work especially for this tour.

Rosie Hood


A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having started learning folk songs at an early age from her family, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.

"I have tried to depict the beautiful and the actual", wrote Alfred Williams in 1923 in the introduction to his book Folk Songs of the Upper Thames. Williams not only provided the title for Rosie's debut solo album but also the starting point for Rosie's research into Wiltshire song. Williams did not collect melodies which further inspired Rosie to write her own tunes and, more recently, whole new songs that balance perfectly with the old material to make up The Beautiful and The Actual.

"She has a magical voice, an awareness of her roots, a sense of fun on stage, and of course, makes the most marvellous music" Radio 2

Ollie King


Firmly rooted in the English tradition, Ollie King's playing explores the emotive side of the melodeon which he showcases expertly through his selection of material from both within and without the folk canon.

On his most recent solo album, as well as melodeon and voice, Ollie contributes electric guitar, piano, and duet concertina to further expand the sonic pallet and help to explore the nature of the folk process - how the music morphs and changes as it passes from person to person - and how this process affects other music.

Described by Andy Cutting as "one of the finest... up and coming young melodeon players in England", Ollie King pushes the boundaries and expectations of the humble squeezebox and continues to augment that Instrument's settings.

"For a young musician, he is astonishingly mature and fluent, with a lyrical, flowing style all his own. He produces a rich, mellow sound, perhaps not unconnected to his use of vintage Hohner melodeons. Whatever difference that makes, he is a real delight to listen to." - fRoots Magazine

Listen to/watch Rosie here, here and here.

Listen to/watch Ollie here and here.

You can find the event poster here.




3TiR
Wednesday August 2, 2017



Date: Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)

Location: St Brigid's Centre for the Arts, 310 Saint Patrick Street, Ottawa, (access from Cumberland St) (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20, $15 youth/children

Proceeds from this concert will go to assist Ottawa Valley fiddler Dan Schryer and his family, whose home was severely damaged in a recent fire.

3TiR is a phenomenal international trio of Celtic musicians from Canada and Ireland. The group features Franco Ontarian fiddler Pierre Schryer, Irish button accordionist Dermot Byrne, and European influenced guitarist Adam Dobres from British Columbia. A tour de force of versatility, fine musicianship and technical dexterity, this trio brings together three diverse and successful music careers laden with awards and nominations including JUNO, Canadian Folk Music, TG4 Irish Traditional Musician of the Year, and the Grammy Awards.

Connected by traditional music of various styles, the group name reflects their unity with "TiR" meaning "land or country" in Irish Gaelic. Indeed these superstar musicians represent their individual land and heritage proudly, and together they have a magic that is undeniably inspiring. The connection started in 1999 with the recording of Pierre and Dermot, entitled "2 Worlds United." This CD was released on the New Canadian Records label and in Ireland for worldwide distribution by Claddagh Records, and was the catalyst for the two musical comrades to perform together at festivals in Germany, Ireland, and North America. Several tours later and adding Adam to the mix, the trio is now appearing on festival stages from the Pacific to the Atlantic and beyond.

See 3TiR on YouTube.

You can find the event poster here.




Maja & David
Wednesday May 10, 2017



Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Location: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave (Bank and the canal). Entry from Galt St. (Google maps link)

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

These two master fiddlers come from cultures geographically far apart; Maja from Denmark and David from Quebec, but their inspiring combination of musical heritages shows that music knows no borders. Maja & David are a fiddle, foot-percussion and song duo, in existence since 2012. On stage, the soundscape moves from one fiddle to what sounds like a fiddle quartet with percussion and a lead singer, and, through their own compositions, and the songs and music of their native countries, they have developed an intriguing signature sound.

Maja Kjaer Jacobsen (fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, song, stomp) is a fiddler, a singer, a researcher and a teacher, as well as a composer, arranger and dancer. Especially in the old music and singing traditions of Central Jutland (Denmark) where she grew up, Maja brings back some of the power and spark that older generations carried on in the small communities of Denmark for centuries. She has researched and nourished the old ways of singing, and one of her missions is to sing the songs in the old dialects in which they were originally sung. Other than Maja very few people master this form of traditional song in Denmark. She is also a member of the Scandinavian fiddle trio, Fru Skagerrak.

David Boulanger (fiddles, podorythmie, harmonica, song) is an exceptional Quebecois player as well as a respected jazz violin player, composer and arranger in Montreal. He has gained widespread acclaim for his joyful and superb fiddling; a man of great talent, enthusiasm and humour. David is, perhaps, best known as a member of the legendary Quebecois folk big band "La Bottine Souriante". He was born in 1983 in Saint-Hubert on the south shore of Montreal, where he started to play the fiddle at 8. At 16 he started his first trad music band where he played the guitar, and at university he studied jazz composition, arrangement and violin.

"This is a real feast for fiddle fans. Their two traditions blend sweetly and seamlessly... showing that springy Scandinavian dances can segue beautifully into raucous Quebecois reels, and that drone-rich Danish airs work beautifully with their Canadian cousins." - Stephen D. Winick, The Huffington Post

"Ingenious and very beautiful. Wonderful fiddle duets .... and in addition two exceptional singers" - Bengt Edqvist, LIRA Magazine (Sweden)

"... A sphere beyond time and geography." - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir (Quebec)

Visit their website here.

Listen to them here.

Watch them here.

You can find the event poster here.




John Roberts
Saturday April 22, 2017



Date: Saturday, April 22, 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

John Roberts is the consummate folk singer's folk singer. Born in Worcestershire England of Welsh parents, he emigrated to the United States in the 1960s, in his own words "to go to graduate school at Cornell, but, as they say, it didn't take. And so I became more of a folksinger than I was already". He formed a duo with fellow expat Tony Barrand, and quickly became established in the vanguard of a North American revival of interest in traditional songs from across the pond. With Tony, he performed at countless clubs and festivals, taught at folk music camps and workshops, amassed an enormous repertoire of songs, recorded a huge discography and contributed to the success of "Nowell Sing We Clear" (with Fred Bruenig, Steven Woodruff and in later years, Andy Davis), perhaps the best loved and most important travelling Christmas show in North America. John and Tony were also front and centre in the revival of English morris and sword dancing in the US and Canada.

Since Tony's withdrawal from active singing due to poor health, John has continued to perform and tour, both as a solo and with American singer Debra Cowan. He is making a rare appearance north of the border, and we hope to get a good crowd out to welcome a man who is really a legend in North American traditional music circles. Bring your voice, as there are sure to be choruses!

More on John here.

Listen to and see John here.

You can find the event poster here.




Hannah Shira Naiman & Arnie Naiman
Saturday March 25, 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.




JiiG
Saturday March 11, 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.




Matthew Byrne
November 25, 2016



Date: Friday, November 25, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

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

Tickets: $18 when purchased here (below) or $20 at the door

We're very happy to announce the return of Newfoundland singer and guitarist Matthew Byrne to the Old Sod Society Stage. His last concert garnered rave reviews from all who were there, so we expect a good crowd on November 25th.

Perhaps the finest singer of traditional song to emerge in Canada in recent years, Matthew is also a great guitarist and an engaging, entertaining and articulate stage performer. Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody - and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Watch and listen to some excellent video at www.matthewbyrne.net/media.

You can find the event poster here.




Friends of Fiddler's Green
Friday September 9, 2016



Date: Friday September 9, 2016 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 $25 at the door

The "Friends" boast six versatile musicians, four fine singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller, the occasional fiery dragon, one Order of Canada, two Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medals and one of the longest track records in Canadian Folk Music. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, with a few personnel changes, since their inauguration at Toronto's Fiddler's Green coffeehouse in 1971. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance.

The Friends were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario. This year's Ontario tour celebrates 45 years of music and mischief.

More on the Friends/recordings here: www.ianrobb.com/FOFG

Watch/listen here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA4M216Wtd0

You can find the event poster here.




Alex Cumming and Nicola Beazley
Saturday July 23, 2016



Date: Saturday July 23, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

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

Tickets: $18 when purchased here (below) or $20 at the door

Alex Cumming (The Teacups) & Nicola Beazley (Speldosa) are an exciting Accordion & Fiddle duo performing songs and tunes from around England and beyond. They are both recent graduates of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music Degree program, and were New Roots finalists in 2014.

The last couple of years have seen Alex & Nicola build up a great reputation performing at some top UK venues and festivals including Towersey Village Festival, Whitby Folk Week, Sidmouth Folk Week, Bromyard Folk Festival, Sage Gateshead and more.

2016 sees the release of Alex and Nicola's much anticipated debut album "Across The Water" on Haystack Records, which will be accompanied by launch tours in the UK, USA and Canada.

With Alex's rhythmic danceable accordion style and strong voice, and Nicola's stunning and gutsy fiddle playing, the duo creates a big sound and gives a new voice to the wonderful canon of English Folk Music.

"...their instrumental skills are wonderful" - Folk Radio UK

"highly skilled at their craft" - cloggin.co.uk

Website/CDs/Listen here:

You can find the event poster here.





Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham
Monday July 4, 2016



Date: Monday July 4, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

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

Tickets: $18 when purchased here (below) or $20 at the door

A rare opportunity to see two of the finest exponents of the English tradition. Keith and Sylvia have very wide ranging repertoires, strong voices and uncannily compatible and complimentary styles of delivery. They have worked extensively all over the UK, Europe and across the globe. They produce a striking acapella harmony sound and also frequently accompany themselves and play lively dance tunes on three different systems of the concertina. Come join us for an evening to remember.

Website/Listen here: http://www.keithkendrick.com/sylvia.htm

You can find the event poster here.





Finest Kind Farewell Concert
Saturday April 30, 2016 & Sunday May 1, 2016



Both concerts SOLD OUT!


Date 1: Saturday April 30, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm) ~ Sorry, SOLD OUT

Date 2: Sunday May 1, 2016 at 4 pm (doors open at 3:30 pm) ~ Sorry, SOLD OUT

Location: Chelsea United Church, 8 Chemin Mill, Chelsea, QC (Google maps link)

Tickets: SOLD OUT

As many will know, Ottawa's own vocal harmony trio Finest Kind (Ann Downey, Shelley Posen and Ian Robb) announced some months ago that the trio is retiring from active duty (with the exception of an annual Christmas show at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield), but that there would be a farewell concert. This has now blossomed into two concerts, which will be held at the Mill Road Community Space (Chelsea United Church) Saturday April 30th at 8pm, and Sunday May 1st at 4pm, with a pot luck dinner planned for after the Sunday concert. A cash bar and bake sale will be part of the festivities. The venue is an old wooden hall with lovely acoustics, and holds about 130 people. Ann, Shelley and Ian will be accompanied by their long time "fourth member of the trio", fiddler, mandolinist, old friend and record producer, James Stephens.

Finest Kind was born almost accidentally in 1991, when the three singers happened to sit next to each other at a singing gathering, and discovered a remarkable blend in their collective voices. Originally hailing from Canada, the US and the UK respectively, Shelley, Ann and Ian each brought quite different musical backgrounds to this blend, but their passion for harmony singing and old songs was the glue that cemented the group. In the next 24 years they toured extensively across the US and Canada, and made four trips to the UK. They first recorded in 1994, contributing several tracks to Ian's "solo" album "From Different Angels", and went on to record 6 more CDs as Finest Kind.

Finest Kind wants these concerts to be as social and intimate as possible, and we hope that some of the trio's many friends from out of town will be able to make it to the capital region for the weekend to join us in celebrating this remarkable group.

Website/Listen here: http://ianrobb.com/finestkind/

You can find the event poster here.




Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams
CD Release Concert ~ First Frost
Friday April 15, 2016



Date: Friday April 15, 2016 at 8 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm)

Location: Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave (at Bank St), Galt St entrance, Ottawa, ON (Google maps link)

Tickets: $15 in advance (below), or $18 at the door

A performance of acoustic music and songs drawing from Scandinavian, Quebecois and Celtic roots.

These accomplished multi-instrumentalists share a passion for music rooted in Scandinavian and Celtic traditions. They play at times with the raw energy of dance musicians, but also with the subtlety of a chamber ensemble, with rich vocal harmonies thrown into the mix. Nyckelharpa (Swedish keyed fiddle), wooden flute, piano accordion, fiddle, piano, guitar, and latmandola are all featured in their colorful musical palette. Both have vast teaching experience and can be found leading workshops and master classes on festival stages and at music camps.

NICHOLAS WILLIAMS
A member of the bands Crowfoot and Genticorum, Nicholas has been performing and playing for Contra, Quebecois, English, and Scottish dances, for 15 years. In 2010 he travelled to Goteberg, Sweden to study with the pioneering flute player Jonas Simonson, and has since relished every opportunity to play polskas on this side of the Atlantic! He lives in Waterville, Quebec.

ALEX KEHLER
His McGill music training as a baroque violinist makes him a versatile traditional fiddle player. He plays with Soulwood, Les Siffleurs de Nuits, La Nef, Skye Consort, and La Mandragore. Over the past 5 years his passion for Scandinavian music has made him a rare bird in North America, playing the Swedish nyckelharpa. He has had the opportunity to study with two renowned Swedish teachers, Torbjorn Nasbom and David Eriksson. He also plays latmandola, the Swedish equivalent to the Irish bouzouki.

Website/Listen here: https://kehler-williams.bandcamp.com

Watch here: https://vimeo.com/151731560




Allison Lupton ~ Saturday Mar 12, 2016



Date: Saturday Mar 12, 2016

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

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

Tickets: $20 when purchased here (below) or $25 at the door

Traditional and contemporary musician Allison Lupton is an Ontario native who got her start playing folk music with Windsor-based band Killiecrankie. She is a featured performer at various festivals and venues including Mariposa, Lunenburg, and CBC's Vinyl Cafe. Most recently, Allison's "One More Day" was the English overall winning song in the 2015 Folk Music Ontario's Songs From the Heart competition. Her most recent recording is "Half My Heart".

Allison's band is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including renowned veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell, acclaimed bass player Denis Rondeau, Grand North American Fiddle Champion Shane Cook, and CCBA's Mandolin Player of the Year Andrew Collins. Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, mandolin, banjo and acoustic bass.

Website: www.allisonlupton.com

Listen here http://allisonlupton.com/albums/

You can find the event poster here.




Sheesham and Lotus and Son ~ Friday Jan 8, 2016



Date: Friday Jan 8, 2016

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

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

Tickets: $20, available below, or $25 at the door

Sheesham and Lotus and Son - Old Time Americana, Blues and Ragtime

At the core of the show is a repertoire based on their love of the American fiddle tune, joyously played with banjo and before long, a startling array of traditional and non-trad instruments make appearances. Tunes played on jaw-harps, gourd banjos and homemade instruments like the Contrabass HarmoniPhonium add depth and absurdity to their amazing sound. Sheesham and Lotus & Son have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.

See and hear them at http://sheeshamandlotus.com/videos/

Website: www.sheeshamandlotus.com

You can find the event poster here.





"All Hands on Deck" Ian Bell and Pressgang Mutiny ~ Friday Dec 4, 2015



Date: Friday Dec 4, 2015

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

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

Tickets: $20, available below or at the door

A rollicking evening of chanteys, ballads and traditional dance music from the Great Lakes and The Seven Seas with Ian Bell with Pressgang Mutiny

Veteran Canadian folk musician Ian Bell joins forces with Toronto's young acapella chantey sextet Pressgang Mutiny, for a multi-media presentation of traditional chanteys, songs, jigs and reels that will take you from the Isles of the South Pacific to the shores of Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.

The show will feature powerful unaccompanied harmony singing with lots of opportunities to join in on choruses. Ian and the mutineers also pack a small arsenal of instruments ranging from concertinas, and button accordions to banjos, fiddles and mandolins, so there are bound to be a few jigs and hornpipes along the way! Their repertoire includes little known songs of Great Lakes sailors along with the very best of the salt-water chanteys all delivered with excitement and passion.

A special feature of the concert will be projections of Ian's large collection of vintage photographs of Great Lakes schooners, sailors and ports that are arranged to accompany the songs and instrumental selections.

Heave to and drop your anchor - It'll be a good evening!

You can find more about Ian Bell at http://www.ianbellmusic.ca and Pressgang Mutiny at http://www.pressgangmutiny.com.

You can find the event poster here.





Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews ~ Friday Nov 6, 2015



Date: Friday Nov 6, 2015

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

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

Tickets: $20, available below or at the door

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews have performed many times at southwestern Ontario's Goderich and Millrace festivals, but have never made it to Ottawa...until now. So we're very happy to have enticed them to the East this time around, and we're looking forward to a concert by one of England's finest folk duos.

Doug and Sarah choose their material with care and craft their arrangements with style and intuitive elegance, playing English and European dance music and drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire.

The duo, based in Derbyshire, has been playing English acoustic folk music together since 1995. They both sing - in superb harmony - with melodeon and fiddle/viola instrumentation. The singing is very fine, the playing superb, the sound rich and textured, and all this is delivered with relaxed and easy good humour.

To make a long story short, we think you'll really like them!

You can find more about Doug and Sarah at https://dougandsarahduo.wordpress.com.

You can find the event poster here.





Brian Pickell Band ~ Saturday, May 30th, 2015



Date: Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

Location: Rosemount Community Centre, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)

Tickets: $20, available or at the door

Pulled together by Brian's magnetic, globe-trotting compositions and a love of traditional music, the Brian Pickell Band is both stunningly musical and energizing to listen to. It showcases the superlative fiddling talents of Shane Cook, multiple winner of the Canadian and Grand Masters Fiddle Contests and the American Grand National. Also featured are renowned Ottawa multi-instrumentalist James Stephens on fiddle, mandolin and viola; Pat O'Gorman, an admired mainstay of the Canadian music scene, on flute, whistles and pipes; Julie Schryer, widely considered to be one of the finest piano accompanists in Canada; and Brian Pickell, an accomplished composer, guitarist, banjo and mandolin player.

Brian's tunes have been recorded by countless other artists, including Nicholas Williams, Pierre Schryer, Allison Lupton, Tony McManus (Scotland), Deaf Shepherd (Scotland), the Halali Fiddle Band (USA), Gretchyn Koehler (USA), Oliver Schroer, Liz Dogherty (Ireland), Ottawa's Jiig, and the Schryer Triplets.

Check out www.brianpickell.com to learn more about Brian, hear him play, and find his CDs.

You can find the event poster here.




Matthew Byrne ~ April 30th, 2015



Date: Thursday, April 30th

Time: 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Location: Rosemount Community Centre, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

Matthew Byrne was born into a family of Newfoundland music makers and his repertoire is heavily influenced by his unique musical lineage. This tradition thrives on the song - the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody - and Matthew's music reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to these basic elements. His live performance offers tasteful and honest interpretations of folk songs delivered with polished guitar work and powerful vocals. His repertoire transcends time and place with traditional songs from both sides of the Atlantic.

Since bursting on to the trad scene four years ago with his debut recording, Ballads, Matthew has swiftly earned his place as one of the East Coast's most authentic and vital traditional voices. In that time, Matthew's music has traveled well beyond the rugged shores of his homeland. His role as singer and song-finder in The Dardanelles has brought him to many major international festival stages including Winnipeg Folk Festival, Celtic Connections in Glasgow, UK, and The Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia.

Check out http://www.matthewbyrne.net/ to see and hear Matthew playing, and find his CDs.

You can find the event poster here.






Keith Murphy ~ April 24, 2015



Date: Friday, April 24th

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

Location: Rosemount Community Centre, 41 Rosemount Ave (Google maps link)

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door

A native of Newfoundland, Keith's traditional song repertoire is based in Eastern Canada and Quebec as well as his current home, Vermont. His direct and intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses old ballads and songs with a powerful immediacy while his rhythmic and percussive finger style of guitar playing brings new shape and colour to his songs.

Check out blackislemusic.com to see and hear Keith playing, and find his CDs.

You can find the event poster here.






Morris: A Life With Bells On ~ April 10, 2015



Date: Friday April 10, 2015

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

Location: The Royal Oak Pub, Pretoria Bridge/Hawthorne Ave and Colonel By Dr, Ottawa (Google maps link)

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

Come have a beer and watch the film Morris: A Life With Bells On. This is a heart warming feature length comedy, shot in documentary format, that follows the fortunes of one of the leading Morris teams in the UK, Millsham Morris, and its avant garde leader Derecq Twist.






GENTICORUM IN CONCERT - March 22, 2015

Location: Rosemount Community Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa

Tickets: $25, available at the door only.

Time: 7:30pm (doors open at 7:00pm)

Firmly rooted in the soil of their native Quebec, this energetic, original and traditional 'power trio' also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion with guitar and accordion accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.

More about Genticorum: http://www.genticorum.com






LIZZY HOYT IN CONCERT - November 21, 2014

Location: Rosemount Community Hall, 41 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa

Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

Time: 8:00pm (doors open at 7:30pm)

Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist and songwriter who also happens to rank among the top Celtic instrumentalists in the country, delivering music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.

Lizzy's fourth album New Lady on the Prairie demonstrates a mature and refined "transatlantic" sound that blends influences from Celtic, bluegrass and folk traditions and demonstrates her ability to craft songs that are touching, poignant, and lyrically rich. The album also features some of Canada's finest musicians including John Reischman, Ivan Rosenberg, Joe Phillips, Christine Hanson, Jeremiah McDade and more.

Her music has been recognized on both the national and international level. She won "Best Female Artist" at the 8th International Acoustic Music Awards (a contest that saw over 11,000 applicants) and was a Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for "Traditional Singer of the Year".

Ivan Rosenberg will be accompanying Lizzy on dobro.

More about Lizzy at http://www.lizzyhoyt.com

Listen to Lizzy at http://lizzyhoyt.com/discography/ and at https://soundcloud.com/.

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PANACHE IN CONCERT- July 29, 2014

Location: Rosemount Community Hall 41 Rosemount Ave. Ottawa

Tickets: Advanced $15 at door $18. Tickets in advance here: www.ianrobb.com/tix/Panache.htm

Time: 7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)

Panache is a new group of four fiery women fiddlers, each with their own performing and recording careers, who have come together, literally crossing borders, merging repertoires and engaging in a fantastic musical conversation! Music with roots from Cape Breton, Old Time, Quebeqois and Franco-Americain traditions with deep history and soul. Plus each member of Panache writes spectacular original music that is now part of the living tradition! With this amazing repertoire of traditional and original music from their respective genres, Panache plays true roots music with a contemporary twist!

Panache Quartet is Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-Americaine fiddler Donna Hebert, Southern style fiddler Jane Rothfield and Quebeqois fiddler Veronique Plasse. What happens when you put these fierce musicians together? Lively reels, dancing jigs, soulful waltzes and airs, great playing and great singing! Listening to Panache is like watching art being made at the moment of inspiration! These ladies spark off of one another, with arrangements, counter melodies, harmonies, rhythms, and musical improvisation-the result is something NEW and EXCITING and FUN!!

Check out Panache's website here: http://panachequartet.com

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ALEX KEHLER & NICHOLAS WILLIAMS - June 6th 2014

Come out to this fantastic trad music concert Friday, June 6th @ 730pm. (Doors open at 7pm)

Location: Southminster United Church (Surround Circle Yoga room through the Galt Street entrance) - 15 Aylmer Ave, Old Ottawa South

Tickets: Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door.

Alex Kehler and Nicholas Williams play music that draws from Scandinavian and Celtic traditions, with occasional forays into Québec and the Appalachian mountains. They bring to their concerts a wide and colourful array of instruments : Nyckelharpa, wooden flutes, fiddle, accordion, octave mandolin, and piano. Their finely crafted instrumental arrangements are complimented by rich vocal harmonies, with songs in English and in French. With many years of performing experience with such ensembles as 'Crowfoot', 'The Skye Consort', and 'La Nef', these two seasoned musicians offer to share with you the passion of their rich musical journeys.

Info: nevillemiller032@sympatico.ca
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You can listen to Alex and Nicholas here: kehler-williams.bandcamp.com/



JAMES STEPHENS & GREG T. BROWN - April 11th, 2014

The Old Sod Society is hosting a concert with James Stephens and Greg Brown on Friday, April 11th @ 730pm. (Doors open at 7pm)

This promises to be a grand evening of old style kitchen music and song. Come join us to see two of Ottawa's super-talented trad musicians and singers!!!

Location: Southminster United Church (Surround Circle Yoga room through the Galt Street entrance) - 15 Aylmer Ave, Old Ottawa South

Tickets: Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door. They are available online at www.ianrobb.com/tix.

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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 rock music.

Greg Brown
Fiddle and accordion 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 current Newfoundland fiddle great Christina Smith. Since moving to the capital region 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.

For more information, contact neville.miller032@sympatico.ca



FINEST KIND IN CONCERT - October 26 2013

We're hosting Finest Kind in Concert on Saturday, October 26th @ 8pm, doors 730pm.

Location: First Unitarian Church, 30 Cleary Ave, Ottawa ON

Tickets: Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.finestkind.ca, from The Ottawa Folklore Centre, Compact Music (both locations) and at the door.

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Who is Finest Kind?

Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelley Posen! They discovered their collective sound almost by accident in 1991, when they happened to be sitting together at a song swap, and unsuspectingly launched into the chorus of a song together. The resulting blend of voices and harmony lines convinced them that they should start singing together, and they have since delighted concert and festival audiences across North America and the UK with that glorious sound.

Ian, originally from London, England, is renowned as one of North America's most gifted performers of British folksong, a concertina player extraordinaire, charter member of Toronto's award winning band, "The Friends of Fiddler's Green", and composer of folk standards such as the pub anthem "The Old Rose and Crown."

Ann, who hails from the southwestern U.S., plays guitar, banjo, and bass, and has performed in bands playing old-time and cowboy music, bluegrass, klezmer, jazz, and swing in North America and Europe.

Shelley, a professiona