BNR Concerts presents Fred Eaglesmith with Tif Ginn
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

BNR Concerts presents Fred Eaglesmith with Tif Ginn

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Fred Eaglesmith w/Tif Ginn   - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $30

42 years on the road.


22 studio albums.


5 different band configurations.


15 band members.


11 buses.


Countless stories.


1 man.


Fred Eaglesmith can talk to you about almost anything. Chances are, he’s had that car, tractor, job, relationship, idea, and hat. But throughout his life and experiences there is always one thing that has remained the same: his undeniable gift for writing a song. Aspiring songwriters and performers of all ages call and write Fred with questions on how to have a career like his. And what can he say? Start writing songs when you’re 10 years old. Grow up with poverty, agriculture, religion, and eight siblings. Run away from home. Hop freight trains. Start a business. Loose a business. Struggle to get any gig. Drive to Nashville with no money and pockets full of songs. Get a record deal. Lose a record deal. Win a Juno Award. Break down on the side of the road everyday for days on end. Become a cult hero and amass a following of self-proclaimed “Fred Heads.” Tour relentlessly. Become everyone’s favorite. Becomes nobody’s favorite. Follow your gut. Smarten up. Don’t care what anybody thinks. Be fair. Be loyal no matter what. Keep going. Soften up. Give people a break. Expect nothing. Give everything. Keep going. Allow yourself to be happy. Find out who you are and deal with that. Don’t stay in fancy hotels. Write good songs.

After all these years touring the United States, Canada, and Europe, having his songs covered by some of the biggest names in music, and appearing on “The Late Show with David Letterman” – the enigmatic, countrified, Rock n’ Roll troubadour, Fred Eaglesmith, is carrying on with musical wife Tif Ginn.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today’s music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone’s boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere.

Tif Ginn is a gutsy, amazing singer and a transcendent songwriter who has spent most of her life touring and playing music. Her impressive, sultry vocals and glorious harmonies with Fred, along with her multiple instrument additions to the show will have you in awe. This girl has it all, including Fred.

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 Vicki Brittle and Graven In Concert
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

Vicki Brittle and Graven In Concert

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Vicki Brittle and Graven In Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Vicki Brittle... Intimate, Raw, and New to Solo musicianship. With many recent changes in life's journey, and a new album released on May 4th, Vicki takes a new direction and embraces Folk/Roots Rock as a solo musician. Vicki provides 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. Writing since the age of 9, Vicki has developed as an indie singer-songwriter since the age of 15. Playing guitar and piano, uke and foot tambourine, Vicki holds her music's hand with lyrics from the heart.

www.vickibrittle.com

Growing up, once-rapper Nepean white kid Matty ‘Graven’ McKechnie was a massive teen listener of J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement), Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin and old school hip-hop. Having played in suburban garage bands since his mid-teens, he began to adapt and progress with the shifting musical terrain around him while still staying true to his idyllic influences. Graven’s songs are truly atmospheric, raw, passionate, personal and rare – and with a wild, rotating and circus-like band of hyper-talented individuals backing him (including his band The Dirty Hustle), his music generates interest and intensity. Having opened for and shared stage space with such artists as Dave Gunning, Tanya Davis, JD Edwards, The Wooden Sky, The Good Lovelies, Steve Poltz and Al Tuck, Graven is an active player in a few different collectives, and a consistent guitarist and vocalist for Lanark, Ontario songstress & up and comer Ali McCormick.

Delicate picking gives way to powerful strumming. Melodic whispers ascend into a booming chorus. Songs about lasting friendships end, memories of fleeting moments begin. Songs that invite you for the ride down the highways of the prairies. Songs that paint a picture in your mind that go well with a full glass and your mates by your side. Canadiana folk rock, your son is calling.
— Adrian Gregorich (ramsgateandhackett.com – March 2016)
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 The Tony D Band In Concert
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Tony D Band In Concert

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Tony D Band In Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $25

At the age of nineteen, lead guitarist Tony D performed for three nights in Buddy Guy’s band. In 1982, he opened for Stevie Ray Vaughan. These events helped to propel him into a long-standing career with his own popular project, The Tony D Band. He has also toured with some of this country’s greatest musicians, including the late Dutch Mason. 

Best known in recent years as lead guitarist of the highly successful group MonkeyJunk, he’s also toured extensively with Suzie Vinnick and appears regularly with his own band at Canada’s most popular blues venues and events. 

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David Olney and Brock Zeman In Concert
Mar
21
8:00 PM20:00

David Olney and Brock Zeman In Concert

Northern Ramble Concerts presents 2 amazing artists in a rare double bill:  David Olney and Brock Zeman In Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $25

Olney’s POETIC WORDPLAY, INTRIGUING STORY-SONGS, and WORLD-WEARY VOCALS put him in a class by himself … RIYL Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen, or James McMurtry.
— That Devil Music

“Americana Pioneer” singer-songwriter/poet, stream-caster and actor DAVID OLNEY has released more than 20 albums over four decades. His new “This Side Or The Other” recording on Black Hen Music was co-produced by Juno award-winning producer Steve Dawson and appeared on many Best Of 2018 year-end lists.  Mr. Olney’s music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s “Nashville” and his intelligent songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, The Wailin’ Jennys, Tim O’Brien, Front Country, Slaid Cleaves and Steve Young, among many others. Well-known for his energetic live performances packed with such an intensity, they leave audiences with a truly memorable experience. He keeps up with fans on his weekly “You Never Know” Songwriter Series video streamcast where he performs a song and shares the story behind it – posted every Tuesday on DavidOlney.com and YouTube.

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.”
www.brockzeman.com

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BNR  Concerts presents Searson
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

BNR Concerts presents Searson

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Searson In Concert - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $25

Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots; seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies.

For over a decade now, Searson has toured the world with their unique blend of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and intricate step dancing. At the core of Searson, are Colleen and Erin Searson, two sisters who hail from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. Their spirited live shows feature Colleen on fiddle and Erin on piano & tenor guitar, interspersed with the incomparably rich sounds of sibling vocal harmonies, and both sisters “pounding the boards" with Ottawa Valley step dancing. Searson has released nine albums to date and tour across Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Switzerland, Portugal, and Spain. 

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BNR Concerts presents Reckless CD Release Party
Mar
2
8:00 PM20:00

BNR Concerts presents Reckless CD Release Party

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Reckless CD Release Party - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Reckless is a rock and roll band from the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada. All original members, Matt Laurier (bass), David Smith (drums) Lester Behm (guitar and vocals), Rick Lewis (guitar and vocals).

The songs on this album are uniquely different, yet all have a distinctive sound, that appeal to more than just those who listen to the rock genre. 
From the haunting feel of the first cut, Who I am, to the stunning last song, For the show (title track), you feel the passion of four guys who still love to play in a rock and roll band.

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Danah-Lee CD Release Party with Special Guest Bailey Rogers
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Danah-Lee CD Release Party with Special Guest Bailey Rogers

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Danah-Lee CD Release Party with Special Guest Bailey Rogers - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

For the last decade, Danah-Lee has been teaching many musical minds, young and old within the Ottawa Valley.  And still, Danah makes time for her own creative works to be exposed.  Her very booming music school, More Than A Song Studios really is “Music Education Done Differently”. On a weekly basis, Danah-Lee sees many students in the Valley. Outside of teaching, on most weekends Danah-Lee can be found throughout the Ottawa Valley, serenading folks at some of the most beloved local haunts.

Danah-Lee’s last album, The Post Concussion Syndrome (December 1, 2017), has turned her very real-life experiences into songs. The album is a response to life unfolding – sometimes tragic and at other times euphoric. 

NOW - in 2019, the Braeside, Ontario-based singer songwriter has completed her latest EP, Sunshine & Bonbons (March 1, 2019).  Danah worked with award winning producer Jordon Zadorozny (Courtney Love, Sam Roberts), and Phil Hulan (Belvue, Almost Kennedy), to record an album that is quite different than anything Danah has released before. Sunshine & Bonbons is one-part edgy, and one-part tug at your heart strings!

With a voice described as “crisp, pure and powerful,” Danah-Lee has been singing songs that share snippets into her life experiences, to which most listeners can relate to on some level.

Equipped with a widespread index of songs, her knack at inviting folks to express and her distinct voice, Danah-Lee is considered an innovator at creating a means for all to share in the experience of song.

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The Long War In Concert w/Special Guest Rory Taillon
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Long War In Concert w/Special Guest Rory Taillon

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Long War In Concert w/Special Guest Rory Taillon - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

The  Long War  is an award winning folk rock band with a modern sound and unforgettable, honest songs.  Singer/songwriter Jarrett Lee works together with vocalist/guitarist Chad Gilmour, vocalist/keyboardist  Jessica Lee, vocalist/drummer Neil Williamson, and bassist Carson Webber to create a dynamic sound that ranges  from Folk to Rock. Jarrett’s inspiration can largely be attributed to the landscapes and environments that have  influenced him throughout his life. Building out from this foundation Chad, Jessica and Neil provide vocal support  through their harmonies bringing Jarrett’s lyrical imagery to life, defining the music of The Long War.

The  Long War  were selected  as the winner of  the 2017 CBC Searchlight Contest  with their song Breathe In Breathe  Out recently listed as one of CBC Music's  top 100 songs of 2017. Their recent success  has afforded them the opportunity to perform at  the CBC Music Festival in Toronto, Banff Performance  In The Park as well as the reopening of Ottawa’s National  Art Center as part of the Canada 150 Celebrations.

Their  debut album  Landscapes, recorded  at Metal Works, was released  in April and sent the band on a 5 week cross-Canada tour.  The album was debuted on CBC First Play and has been aired on numerous radio stations around the world.  The Long War has been featured on several radio and television spots including Q with Tom Power, CBC First Play  and Canadian Musician Magazine.

Rory Taillon has been playing guitar and professionally training his pipes for over a decade, and with the release of his debut EP "Closure" in 2012, fans all over Canada have gotten a taste of the music wrought by that dedication: a mesh of grungy acoustic rock, rootsy blues, and introspective folk married to Rory's signature vocal style that leaves audiences spellbound.

www.rorytaillon.com 


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 Northern Ramble Concerts presents an evening with Singer/Songwriter North Easton
Feb
22
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents an evening with Singer/Songwriter North Easton

Northern Ramble Concerts presents an evening with Singer/Songwriter North Easton - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - 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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 3 Bands in Concert!  Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Lunar Bloom and Bailey Rodgers
Feb
20
7:00 PM19:00

3 Bands in Concert! Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Lunar Bloom and Bailey Rodgers

Northern Ramble Concerts presents 3 Bands in Concert!  Jessica Pearson and the East Wind, Lunar Bloom AND Bailey Rodgers - Doors 6:00pm, Music 7pm - Tickets $10

Jessica Pearson and the East Wind
Jessica Pearson is a Canadian born storyteller with a voice like melting honey on a summers eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the Stand Up Bass and the sweet fiddling of Maddy O’Regan, they bring to life tales of the past and express the beauty and heartbreak of the world today. Fresh off their second international tour of Ireland, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind are working hard on a new album to be released in 2019.
Their debut EP 'Grave and Garden Songs' released in 2017 perfectly blends folk, roots and East Coast bluegrass. From a cappella tunes sung in the middle of the audience to recollections of growing up in Canada, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind will take you on a journey with their dynamic live shows and entertaining story telling.
https://www.jessicapearsonmusic.com


Lunar Bloom is an all female vocal folk trio comprised of Kelly McNamee, Jocelyn Regina and Brittany Rae Robinson. Their songs are written collaboratively, with each voice weaving seamlessly in and out of harmony.
The three “Blooms” met nearly ten years ago at Sheridan College whilst studying in the prestigious Music-Theatre Program. While at school they collaborated on one another's songs, and began officially writing as a trio in the past year. Each a songwriter in their own respect, they bring different skills and perspective to every piece, creating something entirely new. Pulling inspiration from other female artists their sound has the quirkiness of Regina Spektor, the sweet innocence of Dala and the witchy appeal of Florence and the Machine. Their songs have dynamic range, often times with sparse acoustic accompaniment, to give focus to the intricate three part harmonies that blend deliciously and leave you wanting more.
https://www.facebook.com/lunarbloomband/

Bailey Rogers

Born and raised in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, music has been a constant in Bailey’s life. Growing up in a loving and musically gifted family, she is no stranger to country music, or the stage. She has been performing from the time she could walk, and her love of all different genres means her song repertoire is deep and varied. She performs songs that touch her heart, are full of harmony, and connect with the audience. With a recognizable last name, she takes on shows of her own, writing original music and recently releasing her first EP, she’s paving her own path in the music industry. With a preference to intimate venues, natural harmonies and modest musicians, Bailey’s passion and talent shines through in her beautiful and raw performances. Bailey’s passion for music is only matched by her love of animals. Working with dogs seven days a week, she is most happy when surrounded by and helping, animals. And after a long day, she comes home to be greeted by three pooches of her own.

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Claire Hunter In Concert w/Special Guest Jordan Dubeau
Feb
8
8:00 PM20:00

Claire Hunter In Concert w/Special Guest Jordan Dubeau

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Claire Hunter In Concert w/Special Guest Jordan Dubeau - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $15

Claire Hunter is a Toronto based singer/songwriter originally from Almonte, ON. She released her debut EP, “Something Safe”, last February and has since been performing in venues all over Toronto. Claire gets her inspiration from artists such as Norah Jones, Glen Hansard and Laura Marling. She will be releasing her second EP in the new year. Visit clairehunter.com for more information.

Jordan Dubeau is a Canadian musician based in Renfrew Ontario. Throughout the past 10 years he has been writing and preforming songs from one end to the other throughout the Ottawa Valley. From restaurants, bars, festivals, pubs, house parties, campfires, and anywhere else the opportunity to create and share music is present.

 Throughout the past few years most work has been in the active indie alt\folk duo "Mister and His Sister". Which consists of Jordan Dubeau and Kristy Gutoskie. With one full length self titled album, radio play, and countless  shows the brother\sister duo has made its finger print  in the Ottawa Valley music scene.

 While in Toronto, Jordan teamed up with musician/producer Collin Carnegie to record a 5 song solo EP. Shadowed by his folk roots while leaning more into the alt/rock realm the sound still consists of the same catchy guitar riffs and his unique writing style which seems to always paint a pretty picture using an untraditional canvas. Work is being finalized and the project will be wrapping up in the near future. Check out the show listings to see where you can hear for yourself!!

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Songwriter’s Showcase with host Dean Batstone and Special Guest Mattie Leon & Brother Mike
Feb
1
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase with host Dean Batstone and Special Guest Mattie Leon & Brother Mike

Northern Ramble Songwriter’s Showcase with host Dean Batstone presents Special Guest Mattie Leon & Brother Mike - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Hailing from Toronto, Mattie Leon is a singer/songwriter whose music strikes a beautiful balance between Folk/R&B and Pop. 2017 saw the release of his latest offering, SIGNAL HILL; a 7-song collection of rhythmic Canadiana that landed Leon a nomination for Emerging Artist at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Canadian Beats says the record is "Full of emotion and passion" and that "Mattie Leon is onto something brilliant".

 As SIGNAL HILL continues to get play on Canadian College Radio, songs from the record have also been featured on CBC’s new web series PEOPLE WATCHING. In the last few years Mattie has had songs receive national radio play, has opened for national acts like Wild Rivers, Jared and The Mill, Scenic Route To Alaska, and Birds of Bellwoods, played showcases at Canadian Music Week, received an Arts Acclaim Award from The City of Brampton, toured from coast to coast (Summer of 2018) and has been featured/interviewed on countless radio shows and podcasts including CBC Radio 1's Fresh Air and Humble and Fred.

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 Ian Tamblyn  w/Special Guest Birdie Whyte
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Ian Tamblyn w/Special Guest Birdie Whyte

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Ian Tamblyn  w/Special Guest Birdie Whyte - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Ian Tamblyn has been a  musician since 1972. He has released 40 albums and cds of his own work as well as acting as producer for dozens of other artists.  . Ian  has also written fifteen plays and over one hundred theatre soundtracks. His most recent play is called A Summer- A Fair  and the production enjoyed a successful tour of the Gatineau Hills during the summer of 2017. He has recently released a soundtrack CD of the Gatineau trilogy entitled , Te Na Gadino.  His play, Land of Trash  is currently on tour throughout British Columbia in association with Green Thumb Theatre of Vancouver.    As well, Ian enjoyed an acting debut in Jan Irwin's production of Up to Low , based on an adaptation of Brian Doyles book where he was also musician and musical director.  Up to Low will be staged again at the National Arts Centre in the spring of 2018.

Mr. Tamblyn has received a number of awards and nominations. In 2012, Ian was made a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society for his guiding and creative  work in the Canadian Arctic. He has been awarded the Estelle Klein and Helen Verger Awards for his contributions to Canadian folk music; he has a honourary doctorate from Lakehead University, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and was voted English Songwriter of the Year in 2010 by the Canadian Folk Music Awards, amongst other awards and nominations in the music and theatre world. 

Ian songs have been covered by numerous artists and there is a tribute album of his work entitled Coastline of our Dreams featuring artists like Lynn Miles, Susan Crowe , Hart Rouge and Valdy.   

 In the spring of 2014 Ian finished work on his CD, The Labrador, completing the last of his “Four Coast Project” .

During 2015 was chosen  writer in residence at Carleton University, teaching songwriting and composition to fourth year music  students . At that time he released  CD-38, celebrating the Group of Seven,entitled Walking in the Footstepsa project commissioned by the Art Gallery of Sudbury. In the fall of 2014 Ian was awarded the Galaxie Grand prize,  at the Ontario Folk awards for his song , "Away" from his The Labrador CD. In 2013 he won the Ontario Folk Award for best political song, "Take the Mountain Down."

During the winter and spring of 2018 Ian will be touring Ontario , visiting Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming,  and playing in Milan,  Italy in March.   He is  working on another songwriter project entitled Let It Go as well as completing work producing Paul Rainville's premier album.  May brings the run of Up to Low at the National Arts Centre and in June he will be with Adventure Canada in Scotland  In the summer Ian will be working with Roddy Elias , Norine Young and Kelly Lee Evans  on a "puppet opera" . Mid summer finds Ian touring North Western Ontario and on the water with Naturally Suuperior Adventures, canoeing from Rossport to Red Red Rock. 

For further information about Ian Tamblyn, tour schedules etc. please visit his website: www.tamblyn.com


Birdie Whyte - Ottawa's horse whispering, clear eyed clairvoyant Birdie Whyte will sing you songs guaranteed to inoculate you against the any morning blues. Next to horses songwriting is Birdie's passion and her voice lends an aching depth to the simple country lyrics she lays down.  Drawing inspiration from the likes of Ameila Curran, Buffy Saint Marie, Tom Waits,  Iris Dement, Madeleine Peroux, Lyle Lovette and Townes Van Zandt, she'll bring you soothing Sundays songs and tell your fortune too!

www.birdiewhyte.com

www.facebook.com/BirdieWhyte

www.birdiewhytetunes.bandcamp.com

Youtube Channel

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JJ Staley and Friends w/Special Guest Morgan Weeks
Jan
19
8:00 PM20:00

JJ Staley and Friends w/Special Guest Morgan Weeks

Northern Ramble Concerts presents JJ Staley and Friends w/Special Guest Morgan Weeks - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $15

JJ Staley - Though already well known to the BNR stage and the Ottawa valley music scene at large, JJ Staley will be making his first concert appearance at the Northern Ramble celebrating the release of his newest CD, Wildflower.  Joined on stage by friends and musical cohorts Amanda Dupuis and Andrew Swan,  they’ll be bringing you songs that’ll pull at your heart strings. His storytelling style will have you hanging onto every word, as he takes you on a musical ride you’ll not soon forget. 

Morgan Weeks is a mainstay on the Ottawa Valley music scene, Morgan grew up in a family deeply immersed in Gospel music, under the wing of his professional musician father, and has honed his stunning vocal range and emotional delivery through a widening catalogue of original material that reflect his upbringing, his beliefs and his strong sense of family.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents The 3rd Annual Christmas Concert
Dec
16
7:00 PM19:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The 3rd Annual Christmas Concert

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The 3rd Annual Christmas Concert - Doors 6:30pm, Music 7pm - Tickets Free

This years Christmas Concert will feature North Easton, Dan Paul Rogers, Danah-Lee, Aerik Watson, Kate Windle, The Weeks Family, Vicki Brittle, Gentlemen of the Woods, Steve Agnew, JJ Staley and host Dean Batstone. 

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jimmy Bowskill Band
Dec
15
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jimmy Bowskill Band

Northern Ramble Concerts presents Jimmy Bowskill Band - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $25

At 26 years old, multi instrumentalist Jimmy Bowskill is a world class virtuoso. It is a line that you hear time and time again from his musical peers, many life long veterans of the music scene. His professional career started at age 11 when discovered by Jeff Healey. He has toured the world with The Jimmy Bowskill Band, has released 5 critically acclaimed albums and has shared the stage and billings with the likes of Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Cray, Bruce Cockburn etc.

These days Jimmy has been touring the world as lead guitarist for Canadian Rock Giants "The Sheepdogs" as well as being a full time member of Blue Rodeo playing pedal steel, mandolin and fiddle. He also has a solo album ready to release and he will be featuring some of these songs on his latest tour. Jim plays all the instruments on his latest release (accept for a couple of guest featured tracks).

His latest show is a powerful one playing Blues, Folk, Rock, Bluegrass and Roots music.

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/Jayson Bradshaw and host Dean Batstone
Nov
30
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/Jayson Bradshaw and host Dean Batstone

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

Born in Hamilton, raised in the Ottawa Valley, a street musician for many years and well traveled in the United States, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Canada, his songwriting is generally influenced by the moment that he’s in, the people he’s with and the stories they tell.

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Songwriter’s Showcase w/Rae Billing and host Dean Batstone
Nov
24
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase w/Rae Billing and host Dean Batstone

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

Songwriter Rae Billing brings the magic of her special voice (that has been called a cross between Emmylou Harris and Stevie Nicks) to her albums and the stage. Described as ‘soul-country’, Rae’s lyrics and music have been lauded - "full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions," and called "late night, pan-Americana rootsy songs... handled with gutsy femininity.”

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The Ewan MacIntyre Band with special guest Rory Taillon
Nov
23
8:00 PM20:00

The Ewan MacIntyre Band with special guest Rory Taillon

Northern Ramble Concerts presents The Ewan MacIntyre Band with special guest Rory Taillon - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Based between Quebec and Scotland Ewan Macintyre has been described as “distinctive” (The Living Tradition), “Standout Scottish Vocalist” (Neon Filler), “Like Robert Johnson Returned from the crossroads...A welcome moment in the future of traditional Scottish Music” (Mumble Music)“innovative music” (Edinburgh Guide), and “A scat pitched perfectly between James Brown and Tom Waits” (The Skinny). Noted for his dulcet tones, Ewan takes heavy influence from Soul/ jazz and Blues artists, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Robert Plant, Ella Fitzgerald, Jeff Buckley and Nora Jones and combines this to an acoustic and celtic/ bluegrass style format. Live the band features Morayshire fiddle player Peter Menzies, Quebec cellist Karine Bouchard (trifantasy, Sarah Toussant Leveille) and upright bassist Jenny Hill (Songs of Seperation, Best Album 2014 BBC 2 folk awards) while Ewan sticks to vocals, guitar and mandolin.

Taking inspiration from two years of intensive touring, this boundary-breaking, genre-shifting album reflects a rare ability to pen classic songs in a range of styles. Road Junkie draws influence from Ewan’s work with award-winning bluegrass band Southern Tenant Folk Union (Late Late Show, Loose Ends, Americana Artist of the Year 2011), in theatre (In Her Shadows, directed by Cora Bisset), Scottish and Irish traditional music (including Gaelic song), pop, rock and soul (Ruby & the Emeralds).  Following on from his 2015 release ‘You Probably Look Better Naked Anyway’,which charted at number 3 in the National Folk /Roots charts of Canada, Ewan delivers his first full length solo album and it's about time too.. An 11 track roots music moster (+3 bonus tracks) complete with dynamic string arrangements, wide, glossy guitar sounds and led by Ewan's warm dulcet vocals.

www.ewan-macintyre.org

www.facebook.com/ewanmacintyreband

Rory Taillon is a songwriter who really has something to say through his music. The 28-year-old Ottawa, Ontario resident demonstrates a lyrical mastery that belies his years and shatters formulaic conventions. This is deftly matched with a powerful, bluesy musical style and his large, dominant voice sets him apart from his contemporaries. With an undeniable and palpable sense of urgency in Taillon’s music, most evident on his latest release, It’s Not Black & White – this is a visceral look at life through the eyes of the dislocated, disenfranchised and dissatisfied. Combining the best of the poetic wordsmiths of the classic rock era with the 1990s alternative rock sense of nihilism, Taillon’s songs are impassioned pleas for people to be allowed to be who they want to be.

Visit Rory Taillon on Facebook

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 Northern Ramble Concerts presents an evening of Comedy with headliner comedian Jeff Leeson
Nov
10
8:30 PM20:30

Northern Ramble Concerts presents an evening of Comedy with headliner comedian Jeff Leeson

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Batstone’s Northern Ramble’s evening of Comedy

Doors 8:00pm, Show 8:30pm - Tickets $25 Advance, $30 Door.

His off the cuff, improvisational, electrifying style leaves crowds not only wanting more, but stunned at what they just witnessed. While a lot of comics work to hone and craft an act that they can deliver verbatim to audiences night after night, Jeff creates a brand new show every time based solely on the audience in front of him.

Jeff began his journey into comedy at the age of 14, and now 18 years later is one of the best and brightest comics on the professional circuit. The brilliant thing about Jeff’s act is that no two shows are ever alike. His signature end of show “wrap-up”, where he integrates all the audience members he has already talked to, has been described as “human fireworks”.

Jeff’s stand up has been featured on Sirius/XM radio, The Bob & Tom Show (WGN), MTV, & iChannel, and his improvisational style made him the perfect fit to host “London Tonight with Jeff Leeson” (RogersTV) and “The Inside Joke” (iChannel) and in 2018 Jeff is releasing his highly anticipated Comedy Special entitled “Off The Cuff”.

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Songwriter’s Showcase with Dean Batstone & JJ Staley AND Special Guest Morgan Weeks
Nov
9
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase with Dean Batstone & JJ Staley AND Special Guest Morgan Weeks

JJ Staley AND Special Guest Morgan Weeks join host Dean Batstone for an evening of songs and stories - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20.

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JJ Staley

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Morgan Weeks

JJ Staley is out and about promoting his new album “Wildflower”, a story tellers album with Canadian references. Songs that will pull at your heart strings, make you laugh, relive history and cause you to miss the ones you love. 

Morgan Weeks, a mainstay on the Ottawa Valley music scene, Morgan grew up in a family deeply immersed in Gospel music, under the wing of his professional musician father, and has honed his stunning vocal range and emotional delivery through a widening catalogue of original material that reflect his upbringing, his beliefs and his strong sense of family.

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Northern Ramble Concerts presents BNR favourite, award-winning songwriter North Easton
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Northern Ramble Concerts presents BNR favourite, award-winning songwriter North Easton

Northern Ramble Concerts presents BNR favourite North Easton - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - 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 - Dean Batstone with Juno Award Winner Guest Lynn Miles
Nov
2
8:00 PM20:00

Songwriter’s Showcase - Dean Batstone with Juno Award Winner Guest Lynn Miles

Juno Award Winner Lynn Miles join host Dean Batstone for an evening of songs and stories - Doors 7:30pm, Music 8pm - Tickets $20

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.


Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin TX., and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.

Lynn song “Three Chords and the Truth” was recently chosen as the closing song on the popular BBC TV series “Case Histories”.

Lynn’s new release “Downpour” has been receiving glowing reviews.

Lynn Miles excels at exquisite melancholy and delivers another aurally addictive course of intensive treatment.
— Arthur Wood
The wonderful new album has the singer in top form, as she creates 11 incredible soundscapes...has she ever sounded better...with her new album she has aimed for the sky, and scored a direct hit.
— Paul Riley
I’ve a deep appreciation for almost all of Lynn’s past work and several of her albums are favourites from my music collection. Downpour, though has quickly become my favourite Lynn Miles album (at least until her next one)- and that says a lot.
— Mike Regenstreif

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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 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 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.

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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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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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