Northern Ramble Concerts introduces Dean Verger presents Dracula - ‘A Hallowe’en Storytelling'
Oct
26
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts introduces Dean Verger presents Dracula - ‘A Hallowe’en Storytelling'

Northern Ramble Concerts introduces Dean Verger presents Dracula - ‘A Hallowe’en Storytelling'  - Doors 7:30pm, Show 8pm - Tickets $10

Having graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Dean Verger started up his little folk club in Ottawa, a café named Rasputin’s. In the 1980s he rounded up a few like-minded people to meet regularly and inspire each other to write. 

After seeing Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley tell the epic tales Dean was inspired. He first developed a telling of The Princess Bride with original lyrics and music by Charlie Sohmer. And then, a behemoth of a tail rose out of the waters. Dean had found his white whale. Dean developed and toured one-hour versions of The Princess Bride, and Moby Dick (which he toured in BC). 

Lurking in the dark recesses of his mind was another project. While re-reading Bram Stoker’s 1897 “Dracula” he realized that the modern takes on the original had changed the Count from a blood thirsty monster into a sensuous lover. Instead of objects of fear the new generation actually liked vampires! This project revisits the original novel, stake firmly in hand. 

Dean has given workshops on microphone use, and storytelling. He has acted with Ottawa's Theater for Children, Orpheus, and Ottawa Little Theater. As a storyteller, he has appeared at Centrepointe Theater, on stage at the National Arts Centre's Fourth Stage, and in the Museum of Nature. He has performed his original works on both radio and television, and across Canada at festivals, in schools, cafes, and libraries.

These days, when not performing, Dean is an instructor at Carleton University where he teaches the Psychology of Creativity. 

What is StoryTelling?

It is your favourite uncle sitting at the kitchen table telling you stories about your father as the two were growing up. It is sitting around a campfire as the sparks dance into the darkness and a voice shares a ghostly tale. No costumes, no props, just the words, and the palette of your own imagination. 


www.rasputins.ca/dean

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Al Lerman
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Al Lerman

Northern Ramble Concerts presents blues artist Al Lerman - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Bluesman AL LERMAN is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2x Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist, his shows often feature humorous anecdotes interspersed between great blues songs. He is regarded among the top harmonica players in the country and his prowess on the instrument has earned him no less than ten Maple Blues Award nominations in that instrument category. He has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. In 2016 his standout "Slow Burn" disc made the esteemed world-wide list of Top 100 Blues Albums Of The Year. That same year he also garnered a Maple Blues Award nomination for "Acoustic Act Of The Year". In 2017 he received a Recognition Award for “Leadership In Arts & Culture” from the County of Peterborough.

A full-time musician for over forty years with an impressive catalogue of well crafted songs, Al casts a magical spell on his audience wherever he goes.

www.allermanmusic.com

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Weber Brothers
Oct
18
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Weber Brothers

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Weber Brothers - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $15

There are bands for which rock and roll is a lifestyle, and then there are bands for which it is life.

To many, The Weber Brothers are the baddest band in the land. To many others, their story sits like an ancient volume in an old bookstore, dust covered, tucked away behind hundreds of newer, shinier books. Untouched. Waiting to be discovered. Regardless of what side you’re on, there’s an undeniable truth. In the rough and tumble world of rock and roll, The Weber Brothers have been around the block.

Ryan and Sam Weber left their Baltimore, MD home one night as teenagers, with the aim of meeting their idol, rockabilly legend Ronnie Hawkins, and ten hours later showed up at his doorstep. “The Hawk”, the elder statesman of rock whose former protégés (Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, et al.) went on to reshape music history as “The Band”, was duly impressed by the pair’s immense raw talent, and promptly invited them to audition for his storied backing band, The Hawks. Mere months later, after surviving the intense musical apprenticeship of his fabled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Bootcamp,” they were in: full-blooded Hawks. By the ages of 18 and 21 they had already performed alongside Kris Kristofferson, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Jeff Healey and the Tragically Hip to name a few.

Over the past 16 years they’ve recorded 12 independent albums and toured extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.

In October 2012 the brothers were invited to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame American Music Masters Tribute to Chuck Berry in Cleveland where they shared the stage with Merle Haggard, Lemmy Kilmister, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Rick Derringer, Joe Bonamassa, Earl Slick, Steve Jordan and the father of Rock and Roll himself, Chuck Berry.

2016 saw the release of “Before We Arrive: The Story of The Weber Brothers”, a feature length documentary chronicling the pair’s musical journey, which the Toronto Independent Film Festival dubbed “Best Documentary” for 2016.

Also known for their talent as studio musicians, the brothers have recorded on dozens of outside projects, including work with Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Ronnie Hawkins and Willie Nelson.

Between their renowned musical ability, high-energy, awe-inspiring performances and lessons learned first hand from rock n’ roll pioneers, a reputation as the “baddest band in the land”, “heroes of this generation” and “the future in the big shoes of the past” now precedes them. Whether it be their unrivaled power as a full rock band, or their undeniable chemistry highlighted in a head-to-head duo performance, The Weber Brothers always deliver.

“If it’s looked at as a passing of the torch or a keeping of the flame, then we’re the guys to do it,” says Ryan Weber.

weberbrothers.com

The Weber Brothers are the ultimate roots band, playing, writing and doing it all.
— Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian Blog
Enthusiasm…energy-wise the band is great… We know they’re great.
— Garth Hudson
If I had The Weber Brothers with me in 1952…Elvis would’ve been my roadie.
— Ronnie Hawkins
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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Singer/Songwriter Brock Zeman
Oct
13
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Singer/Songwriter Brock Zeman

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Singer/Songwriter Brock Zeman  - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

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.”

“I was inspired to write from the feeling I got when I listened to music,” Zeman recalls about his childhood. “I always hoped I could pass on the same overwhelming feeling to others.”

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Songwriter’s Showcase - Dean Batstone with Guests Jennifer Holub and Jonathan S. Danyliw
Oct
12
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase - Dean Batstone with Guests Jennifer Holub and Jonathan S. Danyliw

Jennifer Holub and Jonathan S. Danyliw join host Dean Batstone for an evening of songs and stories - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

There are several definitions of the word “reckoning,” but the one that’s been foremost on Jennifer Holub’s mind is the most ancient—punishment for past misdeeds. That theme runs through the 10 songs on the Sudbury, Ontario native’s sophomore album, a collection she envisioned from the start as a feminist call to action.

Working with co-producer Jonathan Danyliw (Murder Murder, Pistol George Warren) and engineer Matthew Wiewel, The Reckoning marks a major artistic step forward for Holub who builds on her previous Americana-tinged sound with a range of elements—everything from vintage soul to EDM—that adds up to a reflection of her northern environment: pastoral, cold and resilient.

The album also presents the first fruits of Holub’s decision to make music her full-time pursuit, and she’s set up to have the road be her home well into 2019. “I still love my older songs,” she says, “but I wanted to learn more about arrangements through experimenting with sounds in my home studio. Telling a complete story through sound became an important goal for me.”

Holub adds, “I’d been sitting on some of the new songs as ideas for years and I would sing parts of them to myself when I would drive to work. I finally started putting them together when I spent a month at my partner’s family house in the woods. Some of the songs came through me very easily—as if I needed to exorcise something.”

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Jennifer Holub

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Jonathan S. Danyliw

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Multi Juno Award Winner Tom Wilson - ‘A Literary Recital’ w/Special Guest Dean Batstone
Oct
5
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Multi Juno Award Winner Tom Wilson - ‘A Literary Recital’ w/Special Guest Dean Batstone

Northern ramble Concerts presents Multi Juno Award Winner Tom Wilson - ‘A Literary Recital’ w/Special Guest Dean Batstone - Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - Tickets $40/Advance, $45 Door. 

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Tom Wilson is the  best selling author of Beautiful Scars as well as a  three-time Juno winning Canadian musician with multiple gold records. He has written for and recorded songs with Sarah McLachlan, City and Colour, Jason Isbell, Colin James, Lucinda Williams, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mavis Staples and The Rankin Family to name a few.. His band Junkhouse  scored eleven top-ten hits, and his iconic, Americana-fuelled Blackie and the Rodeo Kings was widely publicized for its presence on George Bush’s iPod. Tom’s most recent incarnation, Lee Harvey Osmond, has received extensive praise and airplay throughout the United States. His art has shown in galleries in New York City, Vancouver, Toronto and more recently, The National Gallery in Ottawa. The author lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

I have unchained all the prisoners from my basement and freed the ghosts from my attic.
I was the guy who ended up holding the keys to their freedom.
It was me who let them out.
It’s a job that no one else could do and one that comes with great consequence because these ghosts and prisoners are standing around me now all day, all night long.
I told my truth the way I heard it and the way I remembered it and that’s all I have. Everything else is bullshit.
— Tom Wilson
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Fluffy Little Cowboys w/Special Pre-show Youth Workshop
Oct
4
8:00 PM20:00

Fluffy Little Cowboys w/Special Pre-show Youth Workshop

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Fluffy Little Cowboys w/Special Pre-show Youth Workshop - Doors 6:30pm, Workshops 7pm, Music 8pm.

Inviting the valley youth to come out pre-show for a songwriting workshop, Free of Charge. Youth songwriters of all skill levels are welcome! Students who wish to stay for the Fluffy Little Cowboys show following the workshop get a discounted price of admission of $5 at the door. General Admission Tickets $20.

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Gentlemen of the Woods w/Special Guests The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band
Sep
28
8:00 PM20:00

Gentlemen of the Woods w/Special Guests The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Gentlemen of the Woods w/Special Guests The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20.

 Gentlemen of the woods

Gentlemen of the woods

 The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

The Jimmy Tri-Tone Band

Gentlemen of the Woods

Our music pays homage to our roots, the people in our lives, and the good things in life. 

In June 2017, we released our debut album Radiance. It was recorded live off the floor by Dave Draves (Kathleen Edwards, Jim Bryson, etc.) at Little Bullhorn Studios, our musical home. 

Since forming late in 2016 we have performed a number of shows in Ottawa and Wakefield, Que., and a series of shows in and around Peterborough. In 2017, we played at a variety of different venues including appearances at CityFolk, the Grey Cup Festival, and our own album launch.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Burgess, Whitely and Wong
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Burgess, Whitely and Wong

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Burgess, Whitely and Wong - Doors 7pm - Show 8pm - Tickets $20.

Burgess, Whitely and Wong: Emily Burgess (guitar), Jesse Whiteley (keyboards) and Jonny Wong (tenor saxophone) are three musicians with a plethora of experience between them. They have toured across North America and made their mark on the Canadian blues scene, most notably from their time playing together in The 24th Street Wailers (2009-2014).

They have spent years honing their craft and getting to know each other's playing styles and nuances. It reflects Burgess, Whiteley & Wong as a cohesive unit, where each member anticipates what the other will do. They've performed all over North America at festivals such as the Vancouver Island Music Festival, The Blues Sur Seine, Folk on the Rocks, the Ottawa Blues festival, the Portland Blues Festival and the Vancouver Jazz Festival. They have had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as Jimmie Vaughan, Matt Andersen, Morgan Davis, Jackie Richardson, and the Sojourners to name a few.

Their show revisits what makes music so compelling: passion and fun. With a honking horn, blazing guitar, and slick piano, their performances are known to be high-energy crowd pleasers that get the audience on their feet. Coupled with their on stage chemistry it provides an experience you won't soon forget. Burgess, Whiteley and Wong are joined by the dynamic combination of brothers Rico and Marcus Browne on bass and drums respectively.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Petunia w/Special Guest The Minimalist Jugband
Sep
14
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Petunia w/Special Guest The Minimalist Jugband

Northern ramble Concerts presents Petunia w/Special Guest The Minimalist Jugband - Doors 7pm, Show 8pm - Tickets $20.

PETUNIA, The man: 

Petunia is more than just an entertainer, he’s a modern musical enigma.  Imagine that David Lynch and Nick Cave had a hillbilly baby, that yodeled… or Tom Waits meets Elvis at Woody Guthrie’s hobo junction.  This is just one way of describing the man known simply as Petunia.  He’s an adventure seeker, a poker player, and a mysterious stranger.  He’s been referred to as “The Savior of Country Music”, and a man who exists in a different era, bringing the past forth as something new to be celebrated and not forgotten. 

Petunia grew up in rural Quebec, in exactly the sort of surroundings that a country musician would find idyllic, with old dilapidated barns, secret forts, and acres of unspoiled land.  As an adult, the wandering spirit took a firm hold on his life, so he set out on the road, playing every major street corner across Canada and throughout the NYC subway system, before graduating to full fledged touring musician.  When he’s not on the road playing shows, Petunia is also involved in the theatre world; building side projects, writing scores, acting, or collaborating with theatre artists.  He currently resides in Vancouver BC, and works with several sets of sidemen across Canada, the US and Europe in addition to his own Vancouver based band, The Vipers. A restless wanderer, a musical historian, and a quirky yet amazing talent, Petunia is simply a Canadian treasure joining the greats from north of the 49th.

petuniamusic.com

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Dean Batstone w/Special Guests Jon Christink and Franklin Clark
Sep
7
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Dean Batstone w/Special Guests Jon Christink and Franklin Clark

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Dean Batstone w/Special Guests Jon Christink and Franklin Clark - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

 

Singer/songwriter Jon Christink has been around in the music scene for many years taking part in various bands filling different roles and playing many different instruments. 

This past 2018 winter was a season for recollection and inspiration with writing his debut album "Running Out of Time".  These are true old time country songs that were written in the rawest sense to portray a time that was less hectic, less complicated and less electronic.  There are no filters or hidden magic from behind the scenes to take away from the raw country that has filled saloons and taverns many years ago.  

on has created a traditional back porch sitting and whiskey sipping experience that takes you back to the old west and dives deep into his soul.

 

Franklin Clarke - If you’ve had the pleasure of attending one of our Songwriter’s Open Stages in the past, you may have witnessed the multi-talented instrumentalist Franklin Clarke laying textures and musical sweetness behind Dean’s [and often other guests] songs. Understated and almost humble on stage, his large musical sensibilities bely his quiet presence. 

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Songwriter’s Showcase with Tennyson King and host Dean Batstone
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase with Tennyson King and host Dean Batstone

Tennyson King joins host Dean Batstone for an evening of songs and stories - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

tennysonking.com

Tennyson King — it’s a name that evokes notions of classic, literary depth and majesty. But it also has the hallowed ring of the gritty, earthy roots of rock and roll. In a sense these are both correct as it is the name — or nom de plume — of Toronto-based musician/composer/producer Alfred Chow’s exciting new musical odyssey.

The self-titled Tennyson King EP, produced by Derek Downham (Serena Ryder, Keven Drew, The Beauties) sees Chow’s inventive musical persona bringing together the emotional intensity and dark sweetness of the blues with compositional and production techniques that feature a lush layered, psychedelic and 1970s rock sensibility, all wrapped up in a contemporary, modern lustre that gives the music an appeal that transcends genre and demographics.

Prior to Tennyson King, Chow was an in-demand collaborator in a variety of bands and musical projects that spanned a head-spinning array of genres and styles, from jazz to hip hop to classical, reggae and rock.

His eclectic career has seen him share the stage with the likes of Whitehorse, Sloan, Elliot Brood, Joel Plaskett, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Jon B.

The Tennyson King EP saw Chow and Downham hunker down at the esteemed Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario. The result is a collection of songs that is refreshing in its unashamed spirit of independence, experimentation and lack of conformity. It is a record that delightfully thumbs its nose at the prevailing, popular musical cliches of the day — just the way Chow likes it.

With a scintillating debut album, Alfred Chow and his Tennyson King are poised to not only move forward as a refreshing, vital and important new musical voice, but also to earn both existential, critical and popular rewards for a unique creative vision and how he executes that vision with such sublime mastery.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Adam Karch w/Special Guest Dean Batstone
Aug
24
8:00 AM08:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Adam Karch w/Special Guest Dean Batstone

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Adam Karch w/Special Guest Dean Batstone - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

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.  

By the time “Cotton Fields” (Bros Records 2011) was released, the Adam Karch sound was clearly defined with its fingerpicking style that transcended the rock and roll ponderings of his first recordings.  Originals and covers intertwined into a full-fledged celebration of the blues throughout the ages.  The title track was a historical pastoral that at once drew from the tradition of blues spirituals, while poignantly maintaining a modern edge.  

At this point, Adam was just warming up, as his next project “Blueprints” (Bros Records 2014) was a complete deconstruction of the blues and it led listeners to realize that a pop song when stripped down to its essence is indeed a blues song.  Adam, the artist, is at once a chameleon and an innovator.  He is able to interpret any guitar style note for note, but more impressively, he is able to deconstruct the content and build it into something deliciously unique and completely Adam Karch.  Consider how he takes the Bee Gees’ disco anthem “Staying Alive” and strips it down to what it really is – a blues song.

Adam also ventures into original territory, taking the lyrics of long-time collaborator James Stadnyk and adorning them with rich melodies that flow seamlessly with the words, creating an instant union.  The storytelling technique in songs such as “Sin” creates a Southern gothic where characters are both saved and damned in the blink of an eye, as Gospel traditions and a darker blues intertwine.

Adam is a veteran of music festivals from Pensacola (Blues Society of Northwest Florida) to Vancouver (Vancouver Island Blues Bash), and his travels bring his across the country, riding the rails and performing for stunned audiences.  As part of the “Home Routes Tour,” Adam is bringing his exciting show to intimate venues.  These real-life railway adventures will be the centerpiece for his fourth record, tentatively titled “Those Steady Lights,” referencing the lights on the front of a passenger train.  It will be an even mix of original songs and cover songs, featuring Adam with the trio, as well as his signature solo acoustic performances.  In the fall, he will be part of a two week tour in France to promote the album.  Next, you can expect to see Adam performing across Canada, continuing to wow audiences!

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 Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jack Pine and Claude Munson
Aug
17
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jack Pine and Claude Munson

Northern ramble Concerts presents Jack Pine and Claude Munson - Doors 7:30, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Jack Pine's namesake is a rising phoenix of the forest – the windswept tree whose seed is sown by fire. Jack hollers and howls like a lone wolf, spitting wry words and tall tales of lost souls and forgotten truths.  His lyricism blends powerful imagery with dark humour and biting social commentary while his mandolin plays furious rhythms and sweet melodies alike. 

In September 2017, Jack Pine and The Fire released their 2nd full-length album, Left To Our Own Devices on CD, LP, and Pinecone. Written largely in seclusion in a private Northern Ontario island, the eclectic new songs explore all our relationships - with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth.

www.jackpinefire.com

Ottawa's Claude Munson writes uninhibited impressionist-folk.

Whether drenched in crystalline synths or stripped bare, Munson's songs tackle modern life and love with radical intimacy. His soaring, gritty tenor paints vivid pictures of hard promises and ecstatic joys: atmospheric narratives that unfold, Rorschach-like.

In 2018, Munson will release “The Silence Came After”, his second and most fully realized album to date. Equal parts lush and spare, it marries the naked soul of 70's era Neil Young, with Talk Talk’s spacious expressionism, and Krautrock's motoric rhythms.

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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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