Songwriter’s Showcase - Danah-Lee Krieger w/Special Guest Jon Park-Wheeler
Jul
28
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase - Danah-Lee Krieger w/Special Guest Jon Park-Wheeler

Dean Batstone hosts Arnprior Singer/Songwriter Danah-Lee Krieger w/Special Guest Jon Park-Wheeler on guitars. - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Advance $15, Door $20. 

Growing up in Ontario, Canada, Danah-Lee studied music and excelled in musical theory. But the groundwork for her knowledge began at a very young age, when she would literally steal the music out of the trash after Sunday morning church services.  At the time, she was determined to learn the complexities of chords, vibrations and sounds; wanting to know how each sound flowed together in different forms to create music. Since then, Danah-Lee has learned how to use her knowledge freely and has developed a framework for creating music to express what is happening internally. 

Danah-Lee studied music at the former Taylor University College in Edmonton, Canada.  She toured throughout North America as the co-lead of the female duo, DanahKae.  After a life changing winter vehicle rollover (which nearly took her life), Danah-Lee has been pumping out music which sparked her solo career. and the upcoming release of the EP, The Post Concussion Syndrome (release coming Fall 2017). 

www.facebook.com/danahleemusic

Jon Park-Wheeler is one of Canada's most versatile and experienced session guitarists, who has in addition been writing songs and producing records for over two decades. He has worked as a puppeteer on a long-running television series, and for a few years contributed regularly to the music industry bi-monthly magazine Muzik Etc.

www.jonparkwheeler.ca/awards

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 Northern Ramble Concerts presents Melissa Payne
Jul
21
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Melissa Payne

Northern ramble Concerts presents Melissa Payne - Doors 7:30, Music 8pm - Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door.

Ennismore, Ontario’s Melissa Payne has truly left her mark on the musical landscape, and she’s just getting started. Her background in old time fiddle and traditional celtic music has evolved into a blossoming solo career, including two full length albums and another coming this April. Her live performances have garnered her critical acclaim, and notable guest collaborators like Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, James McKenty, Matt Mays, Natalie MacMaster, cellist Nathaniel Smith and Jimmy Bowskill of The Sheepdogs, have her working with some of the biggest names in Canada, and beyond. Her upcoming record, Darker than your Dark explores an entirely different realm from the pages of her songbook. Nine original tracks that take the listener through the peaks and valleys of the life of this highly emotive artist who is just gaining her stride. Her honest and vulnerable approach to the songs that comprise her latest effort are sure to win over her dedicated fans and first time listeners alike.

www.facebook.com/melissapaynemusic

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Rebecca Lappa
Jul
20
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Rebecca Lappa

Northern ramble Concerts presents Rebecca Lappa - Doors 7:30, Music 8pm - Tickets $15 Advance, $20 Door.

Rebecca Lappa may be Canada's best kept secret - until now. The 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards recipient and 2015 Edmonton Music Awards, Adult Alternative Recording of the Year, winner is Canada's brightest new voice. The Judges' choice for the CBC Searchlight 2018 Top 100, her music is a blend of folk, pop and rock, that showcases her powerful vocals, storytelling, and thought provoking lyrics. With her red hair and red guitar, she brings fire to every performance. Her songs crackle with originality, blaze with passion and glow with honest emotions. 

In December 2017, Lappa released her latest folk-rock EP, "Spirit" that was nominated for a 2018 Edmonton Music Award for Roots/Folk Recording of the Year. It features the song Valiant of Vimy that won the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta's Spirit of Vimy contest and a trip to Vimy Ridge for the 150th anniversary of the battle. Reuniting with her CFMA winning team of producers: Barry Allen and Gord Matthews from Homestead Recorders, the songs on the EP reflect the human spirit and highlight courage, adventure, change and love. Lappa was honoured to perform Valiant of Vimy at the Global TV televised Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Butterdome for 5000 people. According to Earshot, the EP reached #1 on Edmonton's CJSR Top 30, Kamloop's CFBX Roots chart, Victoria's CFUV Folk/Roots/Blues chart and it peaked at #6 on The National Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues chart. In spring 2018, Lappa embarked on an 18 date, "Spirit of Adventure Tour" to Toronto and back, while she attended Canada's Music Incubator with the support of the Bell Media Prize. In summer 2018, Lappa will travel across Canada as Via Rail's Artist on Board and tour southern Ontario and Quebec.

https://www.rebeccalappa.com

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Jordan Dubeau CD Release Party
Jul
7
6:00 PM18:00

Jordan Dubeau CD Release Party

Batstones Northern Ramble hosts Jordan Dubeau CD Release Party w/Special Guests 'Mister and His Sister’ and ‘Nic and I’ - Doors 5:30pm, Music 6-9pm - Tickets $10

Jordan Dubeau is a singer/songwriter based in the Ottawa Valley. He uses catchy guitar riffs and his unique writing style which seems to always paint a pretty picture using an untraditional canvas.

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Songwriter’s Showcase with Returning Guest Ray Harris
Jul
6
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase with Returning Guest Ray Harris

Ray Harris joins host Dean Batstone for an evening of songs and stories - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Advance $15, Door $20

A veteran of the Ottawa music scene, Ray Harris is a prolific and likable singer/songwriter/storyteller who describes his music as “Ameri-Canadiana” - his songs have been described as finely crafted, drawing favourable comparison to master songsmiths. He wears his influences on his sleeve - incorporating strong elements of honkytonk country, rockabilly, folk and roots rock into a distinctly identifiable sound - his strong family ties to the area are referenced in songs like Shawville Girl, Pontiac County Blues, and crowd favourite Big Old American Cars.

Ray has released 3 fine albums over the last several years, and #4 and other projects are currently in the works.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents North Easton
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents North Easton

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Award Winning Songwriter North Easton - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8:00pm - Tickets $20

North Easton is an accomplished performer and award-winning Canadian songwriter with an aptitude for writing evocative, thought-provoking lyrics and melodies. This, coupled with his powerful, heartfelt vocals, delivers a listening and visual experience that is uniquely North Easton. On October 15, 2016 North released his first solo album “One of the Lucky Ones” to an enthusiastic full house in Ottawa. As his first single “Change” builds momentum on AC radio, North looks to the road and to performing at festivals and eclectic venues across the country - all the while, igniting his audiences along the path. 

I can’t say I recall taking in a performance quite like this before. Where the stories were as important as, maybe even more important, than the music itself. North has a gift for telling tales.
— Spotlight Ottawa
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Songwriter’s Showcase with Special Guest Vicki Brittle
Jun
23
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase with Special Guest Vicki Brittle

Songwriter’s Showcase with Special Guest Vicki Brittle and host Dean Batstone - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20 

Experience Vicki Brittle Intimate, Raw, and New to Solo musicianship. With many recent changes to life's journey and fruits, and a New Album released on May 4th 2018, Vicki is now taking a new direction and blooming into her upcoming official sound Folk/Roots Rock as a Solo Musician. Although fresh into change, Vicki is providing nothing but emotion and healing through her music. Allow yourself to be lost in the music and carefully placed lyrics, as Vicki shares her stories. Vicki's goal is to see smiles, and feel connection throughout a room when her lyrics are shared. Vicki has been writing since the age of 9, and has developed as an indie singer-songwriter since the age of 15. Playing guitar and piano, uke and foot tambourine, Vicki holds her musics hand with lyrics from the heart.

www.vickibrittle.com

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Northern ramble Concerts presents Tyler Kealey w/Special Guests Silent Winter
Jun
22
8:00 PM20:00

Northern ramble Concerts presents Tyler Kealey w/Special Guests Silent Winter

Northern ramble Concerts presents Tyler Kealey w/Special Guests Silent Winter in Concert. - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20.00

Tyler Kealey

Known for his vocal prowess and fast-flying improvisational piano solos, Tyler Kealey is a singer-songwriter who collects little moments in the everyday and brings them to life through his songs. With sharp, storytelling lyrics and melodic piano lines that lean into folk just as much as they do blues and rock, each performance takes the audience on a journey of untamed adventure. 

He is just as at home on a festival stage as he is in a listening room; Tyler’s energy, charisma, and raw talent on his instrument have made him a favorite within the Ottawa music scene. He is currently working on new material to be released in the summer of 2018.

tylerkealey.com

Silent Winters

Olenka Bastian and Jonathan Chandler are Silent Winters, an Ottawa folk duo with a warm, intimate repertoire born of cold months and fireside contemplation. Channeling a musical chemistry perfected while harmonizing as lead singers in rock outfit Amos the Transparent, Olenka and Jonathan craft pared-down, acoustic compositions supporting pure vocals and heart-melting lyrics.

Silent Winters claims its creative heritage in such acts as Simon & Garfunkel, The Milk Carton Kids and The Civil Wars, while treading fresh musical tracks with crystal-clear harmonies and tender, poetic storytelling.

www.silentwinters.com

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ben de la Cour  w/Special Guest Campbell Woods
Jun
16
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ben de la Cour w/Special Guest Campbell Woods

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ben de la Cour  w/Special Guest Campbell Woods in Concert. - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Cover $20

Campbell Woods released his debut record, "Oxford Street" in the spring of April 2017. He's been on the road ever since, performing everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax to Nashville to Austin. As a songwriter he's been compared to the likes of Townes Van Zandt and John K. Sampson. Powerful songs, simply delivered. "Oxford Street" debuted at no. 4 on the earshot folk/roots radio charts and has been nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.

Ben de la Cour

What happens when the unstoppable force of our dreams meets the immovable object of reality? It’s unclear. But Ben de la Cour is hell-bent on trying to find out. Raised in Brooklyn, Ben de la Cour was was playing New York City dive bars with his brother a full decade before he could legally drink. A high-school dropout and former amateur boxer, he received his education by listening to his parent’s record collection – full of everything from Bob Dylan and The Everly Brothers to Lynyrd Skynyrd. At the tender age of nineteen he spent a year in Havana training with members of the Cuban national boxing team before moving to London with his brother to revive their doom metal band, Dead Man’s Root. They lived in a van and toured around Europe for several years until the band fell apart under the two-fisted attack of burnout and drunken brawls, and in 2008 de la Cour returned to the states with a head full of softer, bruised, but no less intense acoustic songs.

Following a short stint in Los Angeles where he released Under A Wasted Moon, which BBC Radio dubbed “brilliant”, de la Cour passed through New Orleans, fell in love and decided to stay. In 2011 Ben de la Cour released Ghost Light, which spotlighted his talent as a songwriter and received rave reviews in No Depression and other publications, with one journalist dubbing him “a vitriolic Leonard Cohen.” However, after a chance meeting with a successful Nashville songwriter in a French Quarter dive bar, de la Cour felt compelled to keep on moving. He recalls, “he made it pretty clear to me that if I was ever going to do anything with songwriting I was going to have to get the hell out of New Orleans. So I did. I guess I’ve always been pretty impressionable that way”.

Once again Ben was on the move, this time winding up in Nashville where he crashed on friends’ couches and worked as a doorman until he found his footing. His third album Midnight in Havana came out in 2016 on Flour Sack Cape Records and was met with critical acclaim from outlets like Red Line Roots, Nashville Scene, No Depression and The Huffington Post. That same year he won the prestigious New Folk Competition at the 2016 Kerrville Folk Festival.

In April of 2018 Ben de la Cour released The High Cost of Living Strange, eight tracks of his self-proclaimed “Americanoir” style – weaving complex, mysterious and sometimes shocking storylines with a unique blend of instrumental backing and the occasional glimpse of gallows humor. Along with his unique perspective towards songwriting and his lyrical attention to detail, de la Cour has a veracious studio ideology; live tracking, minimal overdubs, no headphones, one room, and just a couple of days. “I’m like a bargain basement Cowboy Jack Clement!” he jokes.

The High Cost of Living Strange may seem bleak, but never self-consciously so, and it’s  shot through with moments of real beauty. There is also enough humor and hope in all but the darkest moments to tell us what we all need to hear sometimes; it’s okay to be human. At least until a better alternative comes along.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents the Durham County Poets w/Special Guest Quinn Solar
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents the Durham County Poets w/Special Guest Quinn Solar

Northern Ramble Concerts presents the Durham County Poets w/Special Guest Quinn Solar in Concert. - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

The Durham County Poets are a lively and soulful group, who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues, folk and rock, with tinges of country, gospel and swing tossed in for good measure.

They are five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, who work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style. The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences consistently since their inception 6 years ago.

Fronted by Kevin Harvey, a self proclaimed blues crooner on lead vocals, The Durham County Poets also feature David Whyte on electric and acoustic guitars and vocals, Neil Elsmore on acoustic guitar and vocals, Carl Rufh on double bass and vocals and Rob Couture (formerly of The Echo Hunters) on drums and percussion.

Quinn Solar is a finger style guitarist who’s garnering a name for himself locally and abroad with his passionate, intricate guitar instrumentals.

Check out some of his fine work: www.youtube.com/channel/QuinnSolar

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Willow Sound Records in association Northern Ramble Concerts
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Willow Sound Records in association Northern Ramble Concerts

Willow Sound Records in association with Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Tara Shannon in Concert, with Special Guests Sam Timmins, Kimberly Sunstrum and R. W. Haller - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $12 Advance/$15 Door

Tara Shannon is a Canadian award-winning singer and songwriter from Russell, ON. In 2017, Shannon launched her longly-awaited album Unfinished, which received praise and critical acclaim in Ottawa, Montreal and most notably Nashville where she also performed in the legendary radio station, 650 WSM AM. The album was followed by her single “Love Me Loud” which ranked number 8 in Indie downloads on the DMDS/Yangaroo charts in Canada during the first week after the release, surpassing hit artists Major Lazer.

Alongside her natural talent and dedication to her musical craft, Shannon is also well known for supporting and giving a voice towards local and national charitable campaigns.


Sam Timmins is a singer/songwriter, live and session vocalist with years of experience on stage and in the studio, providing lead and background vocals for live, performance and studio recording projects. She performs at corporate events, private parties, bars, and festivals in Ottawa and surrounding area. While continuing to write songs and work on her upcoming album, Sam has also travelled to perform in Eastern Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and various states including Nashville.

R.W. Haller is a singer/songwriter from Ottawa Ontario. With hints of country, folk, and a healthy dose of Rock and Roll his songs are at once familiar yet new and original.

“Really great songs, so many great hooks and melodies, and I love your voice. It's in permanent rotation in our car.” - Ron Hawkins

With the release of his first solo record, Wasted Time, R.W. steps into the spotlight after years of playing alongside many incredible artists as sideman/multi-instrumentalist. Graced by the talents of Sean Burke on bass and Ian Cook on drums R.W. started building this disc upon the solid foundation they put down in the studio. First by adding guitars, mandolin, banjo, and dobro himself, and then enlisting a vast array of talent for keyboards, pedal steel, harmonica, violin, and background vocals.

Songs about love lost, love found, and the love of his country dominate Wasted Time. From toe-tapping patriotism to country soul you’d be hard pressed to not find some common ground with this music. 

Afro-Canadian singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum’s sound is a reflection of her culturally diverse family background and musical upbringing. She grew up listening to old-time country music, South African pop hits, American folk and classic R&B. Blending powerful vocal ability, heart-felt lyricism and skillful instrumental compositions, Sunstrum’s performances are energetic and accessible while still conveying an intimate and soulful connection to the listener.

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Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Rod Picott and Brock Zeman
Jun
13
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Rod Picott and Brock Zeman

Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Rod Picott and Brock Zeman in Concert. - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Brock Zeman

When it comes to storytelling, Brock Zeman is a master craftsman. The Canada-based singer-songwriter has spent the past 12 years carving and chiseling Americana soundscapes, drawing from roots-rock and alternative country. But what separates Zeman from his contemporaries isn’t a willingness to speak truth – it’s his unwillingness to conform to the rules of Nashville and the traditional framework of genre. What gives Zeman’s stories force isn’t that he’s just singing a narrative – he’s living it.

Over the course of his career, Zeman has released 12 studio albums, one live record, toured North America extensively and received praise from numerous press outlets. “His songs have more depth than can be realized first time through, which only enhances with each listen,” wrote Penguin Eggs. Zeman has also won a slew of songwriting awards, including 2nd place at both 2016’s Unsigned Only Competition as well as the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for his track “Pulling Your Sword Out Of The Devil’s Back.” In 2017 he returned to ISC as a finalist with his song “Dead Man’s Shoes.”

Rod Picott

The sprawling twenty-two song Out Past The Wires ranges from whispery ballads to guitar driven rockers and hits every musical spot between. Like much of Picott’s catalog, many of the songs on Out Past The Wires center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. It is here in the ordinary where Picott finds the gold he mines so beautifully on songs such as “Take Home Pay” – one of four songs written with longtime friend and co-writer Slaid Cleav

Rod Picott paints his masterpiece..
— Tekst Sjoerd Punter / Alt Country Forum
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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Michael Biggar
Jun
1
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/special guest Michael Biggar

Ours Songwriter’s Showcase continues as host Dean Batstone welcomes back East Coast blues 'Artist of the Year' Michael Biggar - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

'GO ALL IN' WINS 2018 'BLUES RECORDING OF THE YEAR'

Sooo...the icing on the cake...or the cherry on top (any dessert-related metaphor will do!) was being awarded the 2018 East Coast Music Award for 'Blues Recording of the Year' for my album Go All In!  I was gobsmacked - that's right, I said it - gobsmacked, and entirely taken by surprise when my name was called at the Music and Industry Awards event on Sunday evening, our last night of the conference. In fact, I was left totally without words - something that doesn't much happen for me! In a rare happening, the Blues Recording of the Year category was a TIE this year, and I am proud as a peacock to say that the iconic Matt Minglewood also received an ECMA.   Sharing a win with someone as storied and accomplished and darned fantastic as Matt is like an award all it's own!

www.mikebiggar.com

www.facebook.com/mike.biggar

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
31
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch
May
26
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch

Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Adam Karch - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Adam Karch

Although Adam Karch is from Montreal, his music embodies the spirit of Americana like a scenic ride across the country.  He plays a hybrid acoustic blues that consists of precise fingerpicking that recalls players such as Chet Atkins and Kelly Joe Phelps, along with an innovative percussive technique that is thoroughly modern, while somehow primal and anchored in tradition.

Adam has a raw talent that was evident from the first time he picked up the guitar at an early age.  By age 14, he was fronting bands, headlining clubs, and dazzling audiences with both his spirited guitar playing and soulful singing.  His first album “Crossroad Diaries” (Justin Time Records 2002) was an exciting compilation of original songs that highlighted Adam’s impressive range and exceptionally fiery guitar playing.  At this point, Adam toured relentlessly and as his shows began to lean more toward acoustic exploration, he developed his signature sound.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat

Northern Ramble Concerts presents ‘Sista’s of the Northern Ramble’ - Mimi O’Bonsawin and Bella Cat in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Mimi O’Bonsawin has been nominated for two Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, She has performed on countless stages including the prestigious Midem Festival in Cannes, France as well as Yonge and Dundas Square in Toronto and has shared the stage with the likes of Buffy Sainte-Marie , Crystal Shawanda and Tom Wilson and many more. She recently got awarded Best Music Video and nominated for Best Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Awards .


Her soulful voice, rich stories and strong message spreads like wild fire. She has been picked up by CBC radio , Walmart and LCBO radio , Stingray and Galaxy streaming as well as other regional radio stations. Her song ‘Stone Gaze’ was placed in Showtime’s Ray Donavon Tv Series ( E1S5) and other tracks from this record were featured on APTN's Mohawk Girls.

www.mimi.ca

Vocalist Bella Cat new debut has been released on

iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Groove, Rhapsody, iHeartRadio, Gracenote, Shazam, KKBox, Slacker Radio, ClaroMusica and Facebook. Lots of music videos are also available on Youtube. 

The Mini Lp "It's Not What It Looks Like" is now available ONLINE. Physical copies are available at every Bella Cat Show. Try and imagine two of the world's most soulful and unique voices, Janis Joplin and Eartha Kit now imagine them producing a beautiful love child and that would be as Clyde Stubblefield dubbed her "The Princess of Soul" BELLA CAT. The new album promises to entertain you with a passionate sound coming straight from the inner sanctum of her heart and soul. Recorded in the US and Canada Produced by Jack LeTourneau in association with Neal Ford Sundet. This new Canadian voice shows the kind of new talent which will sure to be a major contender in the future of musical landscape.

www.bellacatsoul.com

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn
May
19
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts Presents Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn

Northern Ramble Concerts bring Nashville to Renfrew in a special evening of music featuring 2 Songstress’s sharing their Nashville heritage with the Ottawa Valley lovers of Country Music.  Announcing Sarah Mae Chilton and Arlene Quinn in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Sarah Mae started her music career as an indie pop artist in Chapel Hill NC while finishing her degree in music and anthropology at UNC chapel Hill; graduating the spring of 2016.

While in school she received a research grant to go to Bonnaroo and Riverbend music festival. This gave her the opportunity to study current trends in the music industry and prepared her for understanding how social media and content creation helps a music artist build their brand.

Because of her research background at Carolina as well as her passion for visual art and music, Sarah has become a “content creator;” constantly creating and promoting content to build a steady fan base.

Sarah Mae moved to Nashville after graduation and now has a consistent team of professional songwriters, producers and industry professionals to push an anticipated album release/singles release February 2018.

 

Arlene Quinn 

From humble beginnings in rural Lanark, Ontario and the middle of three children, Arlene found her voice at the age of five when she received her first guitar as a Christmas gift. Arlene began writing her own songs at the age of eleven and as a teenager began touring with her own band Arlene Quinn and Ramblin' Rose. At the age of 18, Arlene was one of Ottawa Valleys highly sought after and most established female vocalists which gave her the honor of opening shows for Grand Ole Opry stars Johnny Duncan, Stonewall Jackson, Charlie Walker, Tommy Cash, and whispering Bill Anderson throughout Ontario and Quebec. After receiving great advice and support from her Grand Ole Opry heroes she committed to a full time career as a recording and performing artist. 

After opening a show for Bobby Helms (My Special Angel) in Cornwall, Ontario she gained the attention of a management team who would develop her artistry to another level. Arlene’s quest to improve her craft led her to work with sought after Nashville vocal coach Robin Wiley (Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears) and Canadian Colleen Peterson. After polishing her songwriting skills and vocals Arlene went on to win several regional song writing and singing competitions. This was a precursor of the success to follow. 

Recognition and accolades from these competitions gave Arlene the opportunity to open shows for many American and Canadian country music stars. Arlene has shared the stage with Lorrie Morgan, Terri Clark, Kenny Rogers, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Faron Young, Jeannie Seeley, Tammy Wynette, as well as Patricia Conroy, Dallas Harms, Anita Perras, Family Brown, Blue Rodeo, Carol Baker, Colleen Peterson, and Gordie Tapp. 

This gave Arlene the confidence to hit the studio to record her debut cd entitled ‘NO DOUBT”. Her title track and debut single received extensive airplay across Canada and Europe. It was at this time that Arlene’s music career came crashing down around her as she was stricken with chronic pain and fatigue. She was forced to take time off from her music career to tend to her health. It was her love of music and songwriting that got her through this time in her life. After three years of tests and searching for answers she was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She has found ways of dealing with this auto immune disease and even though she struggles with it she chooses not to let it define her or hold her back from her dreams. She continues to inspire many others to do the same through awareness and fighting back. 

Fast forward to August 2015, Arlene reentered the country music world with her brand new single entitled “NO WHERE TO GO BUT UP”. NOWHERE TO GO BUT UP is heard on radio stations around the world! Arlene was named Music Road Radios #1 artist in 2016 for holding the #1 spot for 12 weeks in a row! Arlene was also nominated for four WOBA awards being held during CMA week in Nashville Tennesse. Working with the finest musicians and songwriters from Nashville Arlene released her next single entitled LIFE IS GOOD in September 2016 and it can be heard on radio in 12 countries around the world.

Arlene has been spending her time writing in Nashville with hit songwriters in 2017 and will be releasing a brand new single and EP in early 2018! Watch for it!

www.arlenequinnmusic.com 

www.facebook.com/ArleneQuinn

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Songwriter Showcase welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter Showcase welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel

The Songwriter Showcase Series welcomes Dean Batstone’s special guest Pat Hammel. Lead songwriter of ‘The Ghost Town Cryers’ - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Pat Hammel - Long time veteran of the Eastern Ontario music scene, founding member of the extremely successful Valley band ‘The Ghost Town Cryers’ and singer/songwriter, Pat Hammel will be bringing a variety of great stories and prime choices from his extensive catalogue to share with fans of this unique series. 

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc
May
16
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Peter Case and Paul Luc in Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Peter Case, founding member of the Nerves and leader of the Plimsouls, and the first troubadour of the post-punk era, returns with his first album of new songs since 2010’s Wig! The Nerves’ 1976 “Hanging on the Telephone” EP, its title song covered by Blondie, remains a classic and has earned the band a strong following of young fans around the world. The Plimsouls song “A Million Miles Away” is a power pop classic. Case’s debut solo album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, earned him his first Grammy nomination and spearheaded a songwriter movement, now dubbed Americana. Twelve solo albums and two more Grammy nominations followed, including one for his 2007 album Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John

All along, Case has continued to tour consistently. HWY 62 collects tales from his journey, and brilliantly encompasses every facet of his diverse and critically acclaimed career. Much like a travelogue, HWY 62 includes pieces of Americana, blues, pop, and folk — all anchored by Case’s knack for creating the perfect hook. 

http://petercase.com/about/ 

 

Paul Luc

www.paulluc.com 

“From the rich organ and steel guitar textures of “Restless Mind,” to the galloping drum rolls of the title track, to the intimate acoustic guitar fingerpicking of “Where All the Time Goes,” everything is in its right place, anchored by Luc’s thoughtful wordplay and storytelling.”

— The All Scene Eye

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Over The Moon
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Over The Moon

Northern Ramble Concerts presents ‘Over The Moon’ Acoustic Duo in Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Over The Moon
Featuring award-winning vocal and multi-instrumentalists,
Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell

A short while ago a band from Calgary was recording a CD and they hired Craig Bignell to record drums, percussion, and banjo from his home studio in Grey County Ontario. Everything was as usual for this type of thing… until they asked him to be part of their CD release in Alberta a few months later. 

This would be Craig’s first time meeting Suzanne Levesque and they seemed to hit it off right from the start as they were always sitting together chatting and smiling a great deal whenever they had a minute.  

A few days later, a close mutual friend (Tom Jackson singer/actor) was having a dinner party at his Calgary home and many of the guests were from Alberta’s music community.  As fate would have it, Craig was staying with Tom at the time as he was rehearsing for one of Tom’s Huron Carol Tours.  After dinner, people were sitting in a large circle taking turns playing and singing tunes. When it came time for the ever shy Craig’s turn, he bravely went forth, clutching his acoustic guitar with obvious great strain and fear for his life:) 

You see…Craig had made his career as a drummer/percussionist (www.craigbignell.com) and without a huge array of drums, cymbals and various incendiary protecting him, he was sitting utterly alone on a stool, singing some silly love song, completely terrified. Now as luck would have it, Suzanne's  band was also at this event.  She was watching as Craig struggled on in front of his often overconfident peers.   So from the shadows, Suzanne appeared, bass in hand to rescue Craig by adding her incredible voice and bass playing to this seemingly silly love song.   In doing so, she made him sound and feel so much better…

Craig could just feel himself relax and he even ventured a smile as his voice returned to normal, losing the Slim Whitman vibrato sound that was present before she appeared…He thought his heart was going to burst!

And that was how the whole thing started. They’ve been singing together ever since and even have people asking if they were related, as their voices blend together so well they sound like family. I guess they are now as they were married two years ago:)

They continue the music and magic of that first night now with Over The Moon and getting rave reviews and gaining new friends and fans wherever they perform.   Their first CD "Moondancer",  has just been released and it reflects their beautiful two-part harmony style that they are known for and the wide array of acoustic instruments that they play. Most of the songs are original and tell stories of life lived in Southern Alberta's ranching country. The title song "Moondancer" was given to them by their artist/ranching neighbor Ian Tyson! Below is their first "one-page" from their U.K. release.

https://overthemoonband.com/over-the-moon

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage continues at it's new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!   https://santafeswgrill.com/raglan-st-lounge

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy
May
6
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Valdy in Concert! - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $25 in advance, $30/door.

Valdy (voll-dee) A Bio

It was late summer in Ottawa, 1945, at the Civic Hospital on Carling Ave., way out on the edge of town in those days, across from the federal Experimental Farm.

On the morning of September 1, leaves were still green, school supplies were being organized, and Lillian Horsdal gave birth to a boy, yours truly, Paul Valdemar Horsdal (the son).

Dad left Denmark twice, first to study photography in Germany, and a second time to see the world, through his eyes and his lenses. The tradition in Denmark is to remake the son’s surname by adding a †-sen†to the father’s first name, hence Jensen, etc.

In the new world, specifically the Ottawa valley in the forties, consistency of family names was the norm, so Dad gave me his, Paul Valdemar Horsdal (the father). He already had dibs on Paul, his portrait photography studio having been Paul Horsdal Portraits since the mid-twenties, so I by default was Valdemar, which has been shortened to Valdy, pronounced voll-dee.

Kathleen and I have been married now for thirty-one years. We have children, step-children, grand-children and pets. We love each other deeply, despite ourselves. I am grateful and fortunate for her place in our lives.

I am a touring entertainer/singer/songwriter/folksinger/guitarist/bassist/arranger; choose which you prefer. As a folksinger, I have access to ALL styles and genres of music and song, and I make use of many. With every set of tunes, I attempt to sing and play and connect well with whomever chooses to be in earshot.

I am sure that learning is the key to living. Educating the geezer brain is paramount to my success. If I accept a level of skill, and use that skill as is for life, I am missing some rich opportunities.

Growth of knowledge, and learning a means of applying that knowledge, abet not only my life, but keep my brain churning away, possibly even firing up neuron paths that are dulled or yet unused, hence my desire to build a seniors’ boarding school as an exit ramp.

This is an auto-bio I suppose,

written on a chill morning on Saltspring Island, BC,

on Tue., Oct. 10, 2017.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Lynn Jackson and Slo Tom in Concert. - Doors 7:30 pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Lynn Jackson

Taking her cues from Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams and Alison Krauss, Lynn Jackson has a knack for folk-roots Americana-style storytelling with strong melodies and cinematic lyrics. Her 9th album, Follow that Fire, produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) has been well received across North America, the UK and Europe.

-  'Wonderful,lyrical and atmospheric offering from possibly Ontario's finest'  8/10 -  Amerciana UK Magazine, 09/2017

-  'Damn, she’s good. Great songs, great voice, inspired production... This is Lynn Jackson’s Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.'-  Donald Teplyscary, Fervor Coulee, Canada, 10/2017

-  'Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Jackson’s catalog has deep Americana roots, in the very best way that tag implies' - Thom Jurek, AllMusic.com

 

Slo Tom

Tom Stewart describes himself as a downtown guy. The Ottawa singer-songwriter known as Slo’ Tom lives in Centretown with his wife and son, works in the neighbourhood and doesn’t own a car.

It’s an urban existence that has inspired much of the songwriting on his new album, Down In a Government Town, recorded with his Handsome Devils band.

Despite the insightful observations contained in the title track, including lines like, “I feel I’m being paid to dig my own grave,” Stewart has never had a government job. “Not me,” says the co-owner of Spaceman Music, claiming to lack any skills that might secure him a public-service position. “I’m fortunate in a way; so many of my friends work in cubicles and it’s a very difficult lifestyle. I don’t envy their 40 hours a week.”

The 52-year-old Stewart is also known for a twisted sense of humour, which you can hear on Kissing in Prison, a rollicking tune in which he ponders the loving that might be happening behinds the walls of the Innes Road institution. Other numbers include the twangy lament, No One Waits for Me, a dark ballad called Linoleum Floor, and an ode to lost love wrapped up in a track-free train song, The K&P Don’t Run No More, set along the Kingston and Pembroke line. “They closed all the stations and tore up all the tracks,” Stewart sings, “but I’m still hopin’ someday that train will bring my baby back.” 

 

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The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

The Songwriter’s Open Stage at the Raglan St. Lounge

The Songwriter’s Open Stage with host Dean Batstone debuts at a new location in Renfrew. Join Dean and bring your music and friends to the Raglan St. Lounge, 168 Raglan St. [above Santa Fe] for an evening of live music. No cover charge, full menu and licensed. Same Northern Ramble spirit on stage in a cool, new setting. Lounge opens 4pm….music starts 8pm. Now EVERY Thursday!

Following the philosophy of the venue, The Northern Ramble open stage is focused on the encouragement and forwarding of the art and joy of songwriting. Offering a professional listening room environment to songwriter’s of all levels - beginner to veteran - to expose their unique creativity to a live crowd and enjoy the atmosphere of encouragement, mentoring and feedback from peers and music lovers alike. 

If you’d like to ensure a place on the stage, email us at dean@northernramble.com in advance of the Thursday on which you’d like to perform, and we’ll add your name to the list for that evening. You can also sign up on the evening of, but preference will be given to those who offer advance notice via email. Each performer will be asked to keep their performance to 1-3 songs [no covers]. The venue will limit the evening to approximately 2 hours shows [approx. 6 performers/evening], with some flexibility according to turn out etc. 

Whether you’ve just written your first songs or are a seasoned veteran looking for an ideal venue to try your latest inspirations, this stage will welcome you!

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx
May
2
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Harry Manx. Doors - 7:30pm, Music 8pm. - Tickets $45

Harry Manx is a Canadian musician who blends blues, folk music, and Hindustani classical music. His official website describes his music as being a "blend Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues, add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves and you'll get Manx's unique "mysticssippi" flavour." Manx plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, mohan veena and Ellis stomp box. He studied for five years in India with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Bhatt is the inventor of the 20-stringed mohan veena, which has become Manx's signature instrument. He has released twelve albums in twelve years, and has his own record label "Dog My Cats Records". He has received much recognition and many awards, including: seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist, and CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007.

https://www.facebook.com/HarryManx/

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