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Pub, 15 Selkirk Street, Ottawa
Bistro, 138 King St. East, Ganan, Ontario
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After years of writing songs in the Folk, Folk-Country vein, Greg finally decided to do something with them, and the result was the release in 2008 of “Broken Windows”, a collection of songs garnered over a period of over 35 years. This was followed by the 2012 release of “Slow Horses”, which contains songs written during the period between albums as well as some songs from way back.
Greg writes about life situations: Heartbreak, triumph, small town scenarios, and the odd love song thrown in for good measure.
Greg's also the host of Tunes After Noon held at The Irish Pub on Saturdays between 1pm and 4pm. Always Dandy!!
Having not been from a wealthy family, when Mitch was seven years old a neighbour loaned him an acoustic guitar for one year. The deal was, if Mitch was able to commit himself to a year of studies with the guitar, his parents agreed to buy him his very own. One year later, both ends of deal were met, Mitch got his first acoustic guitar. He played that guitar for the next six years until he got his hands on his very own electric guitar. Since then, Mitch has gone on to play on stage with Rik Emmet (of Triumph), sit and play next to Greg Howe (guitarist for Michael Jackson), and co-found french group "JAAM" (released the single "Le Goût de Chanter" and performed "L'arbe est dans ses feuilles" on children's TV show "Mini TFO". With his diverse musical upbringing including everything from Dolly Parton to Led Zepplin, Mitch can wow an audience with the classics, or make them smile with his original songs.
Now at twenty three years old Mitch has just released his debut studio album, "Mitch Mainville".
We all carry a little bit of weight on our shoulders, but being compelled toward songwriting is a welcome burden for Lynne Hanson. At first listen, her warm, gritty, boot stompin’ music leads you through the southern USA, though Hanson hails from Ottawa, Canada. Her sound is born honestly through a lifetime of experience and influence, expressed through the rock, blues and roots that bleeds from her very being. With a liberal amount of Texas grit and a polished Nashville sensibility, Lynne’s songs are familiar and comfortable, yet fearless and strong. She likes things a little rough around the edges, but her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude. No matter what the song, there’s a weight and a warmth to her expression.
Ottawa Singer~Songwriter Howie Hooper is currently in the final stage of releasing his debut album. Driving and soul-wrenching country stylings combined with warm blues overtones. " The Art of Procrastination " a twelve song full length recording produced by Keith Glass, will be available soon.
In the words of Andre Gagne of Ottawa Life Magazine " As I sat down watching the cream swirl in the blackness of my coffee cup, the deep voice of Howie Hooper began a country music serenade. He listens to Cash and Haggard and Kristofferson and looks like he should be running cattle somewhere down on a Texas ranch. Nothing is overdone and manufactured here. This is stripped down country. Pour your heart out into a glass to mix with your beer kind of country. Hooper sang songs that sounded like they were coming from a man who can actually can wear the lyrics like an old shirt, all comfortable like, where even the stains have a story or two to tell"
Singer-songwriter-parking lot attendant Jamie Anderson has played her unique original songs in hundreds of venues in four countries, including forty-seven U.S. states and three Canadian provinces. She’s folk without the Birkenstocks, country without the big hair, pop without the meat dress, and jazz without the weird chords. Her ten recordings include the 2013 release Dare. Jamie’s music has been featured on Good Morning America, the Dr. Demento radio show, NPR’s Car Talk, and stations all over the world. She loves being a musician, so she doesn’t really park cars, but her mama said she should have something to fall back on.
Bacporch Dave Doran
Born in Bowmanville, Ontario and raised in Shawville, QC, Harris is a 20-year veteran of the Ottawa scene, having played with with the Sunbleached Skulls, Lefty McRighty, George Stryker & the Bandits, Mustang Ranch, The Willies, as well as hosting dozens of songwriter circles, charity and tribute shows. His first release "East End, West End, North End, South End" collected songs written over a few years during his travels locally as well as several trips to Nashville and Georgia. The album received regular airplay on local stations CHUO, CKCU and CHIP-FM. His second album "Poorly Kept Secrets" was released in 2013 and his third will be released in 2016.
Harris played the annual Gram Parsons Tribute in Waycross, GA four years in a row and also played Parsons tributes in Nashville, TN, and Toronto, Canada. He played the 2011 Ottawa Opry and hosted the monthly songwriter circle (with his son-in-law Lefty McRighty) at the Elmdale Tavern.
Pat Moore, Singer Songwriter
Pat Moore’s voice has a warm and expressive quality, as perfectly suited to a rich ballad, as it is to an up-tempo power song. She moves easily from the storytelling of the singer/songwriter genre, to the lonesome sound of traditional country and bluegrass. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, she grew up in a house filled with music, from show tunes to Peter, Paul, & Mary, and Gordon Lightfoot; and later jazz masters like Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles to bluegrass legends like Bill Monroe, and Flatt and Scruggs. As a young girl she would sing harmonies with her sisters while doing the supper dishes – songs from the Momas and Papas, and Simon and Garfunkel.
In the 1980’s Pat played dog-house bass and sang lead and harmony in Maple Hill, an award winning bluegrass band. Later, Pat ventured out on her own, writing, and releasing her debut solo CD, The Time’s Never Been Better. In 2003 Pat recorded her second CD, Take it to Heart, and formed her band The Vinyl Frontier. Her recordings have received praise from far and wide - Holland, Italy, Australia, the U.S. and across Canada, for her captivating storytelling, her warm strong voice, and the musicianship of the people she surounds herself with. The live show is always fun!
Ron Mills Music
Born and raised on a small dairy farm in Northern Ontario Ron's appreciation for music started at an early age. Kitchen parties, campfires and family gatherings always seemed to turn into a sing-along or dance party and anything from classical to country to rock and blues was fair game.
Ron got his start in the Ottawa music scene touring the area with a traditional / celtic acoustic trio. After the band parted ways Ron set about settling his family in the Ottawa area and writing down ideas for his own songs. The result is Ron's latest release, Duff Road. A blend of folk, old country, blues and storytelling music that reflects his Northern Ontario upbringing.
Stephen Hardy Palmer
Raised on gospel, country and the blues, the old time influences on a young prairie picker with a love of Doc Watson made him a good fit for psychedelic folk-rock bands touring and playing support for most of the big name suspects during the ‘60s UK invasion. And then more steady dues paid as guitarist-for-hire in country bands working the rural Alberta bar scene. He started using his voice only in the ‘80s, when he’d picked some west-coast time to study music a bit more formally. But it wasn’t ‘til he returned home to care for his mother that he found personal respite and freedom in becoming a solo performer. Now based in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, he travels a troubadour circuit around Western Canada and the Northwestern US. Forty years as a traveling musician is a lot of road, and Steve Palmer is still playing and still touring. Grown enough to sing about life and simple pleasures with all the unhurried authority of a quiet and simple folk-singing road-survivor. Sometimes compared to Hoyt Axton, Leonard Cohen, or John Prine, the echoes of Doc Watson remain clear on his albums, 'Prairie Airs', 'Roots and Strings' and 'Morning Road'. Colin Lazzerini- ‘Root Cellar’.
ENiiD Goodman (aka Carol) was born Nov. 21st, 1973 (a twin) in Ottawa to parents who immigrated from Sweden & England. She has called Wakefield, Québec her home for over 15 years and lives with her family on a 200 acre homestead called 100 Mile Farm. ENiiD’s name means “Spirit” in Welsh and is shared with her Swedish grandmother. Her debut album (Nov. 2015) is A Celebration of Joni Mitchell; songs by & for her + stories and 2 originals. ENiiD has toured extensively across Canada and has started also played throughout the United States. She looks forward to celebrating Joni Mitchell's 75th birthday in 2018 by continuing to tour her Joni show, along with her new album of originals (due out in Nov. 2017) across Canada, The States and Europe in 2017/18.
Mark J Nyvlt
Mark J. Nyvlt is a Canadian singer-song writer. Born in Ottawa, but traveled extensively around the world. Coming from an international family, he was exposed to the pulse of international matters at an early age. Schooled at Canterbury High School for the Arts (Classical guitar), Nyvlt was fortunate enough to witness a rich array of talent in all the fields of the Arts. Sadly, Nyvlt put the guitar down for a very long 15 years while pursuing his studies and his Ph.D. in Ancient Greek Philosophy at Boston University. He now compensates for this loss of time. Now, a permanent professor of Ancient Greek Philosophy at the Dominican University (Ottawa), he continues to integrate philosophical themes into his songs, along with the political and quotidian events of life. He performs regularly in Ottawa and collaborates with the very talented community of musicians in Ottawa.
Since first bracing the stages of Ottawa in 2006, the Canadian singer-songwriter has released two bilingual CDs (an EP in 2010 and full-length album in 2012), has played to audiences across Canada and around the world.
From finger-picked folky ballads to rollicking, bluesy melodies, Kristine's style has been described as both fresh and raw. Her voice combined with her beautifully crafted songs are increasingly gaining her attention on the Canadian music scene.
Her latest feats include opening for Emm Gryner in Stratford, Ontario, embarking on a cross-Canada tour and playing on board the Via Rail.
Linda Grenier, Long Sault Trio
LONG SAULT TRIO formed on the grassy banks of Long Sault Creek in McDonald’s Corners, Ontario. Like the creek, their music meanders through Folk with hints of Blues, Jazz and Trad music. With a multi-generational appeal, they have played festivals and venues throughout Lanark County. As performing songwriters, their three-part harmonies and blend of acoustic instruments (violin, saxophone, mandolin and guitar) place the trio’s repertoire of original songs in high demand for private and public venues alike.
Moonglow Jazz Ensemble
Our Ottawa-based jazz quartet specializes in original, innovative arrangements, spiking jazz and bossa nova standards with classical or funky elements to create a unique feel. Our world repertoire includes a wide variety of instrumentals as well as vocals in four languages.
Pirate Parties & Pirate Invasion
Welcome Aboard Me Hearties!
If you’ve arrived here looking for Pirates for your next Event, then step aboard and let’s parlay, for it be our favourite subject. AYE!
So what be your Pleasure, Matey?
Mayhaps you wants us to perform at yer festival or public event or to take your private grown-up party and give it that old-world, swashbuckling tavern atmosphere, filled with sea-faring music, rowdy toasts, bawdy humor and a dash of outrageousness?
Well... THAT be our Pleasure! YAAAAARRRR!
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