Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 21st Song Circle with Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, Tom Lips (SOLD OUT)

On Saturday, January 21st, I get to join three brilliant singer-songwriters (Lynn Miles, Rick Fines and Megan Jerome) for a songwriter’s circle concert.

Spirit of Rasputin's Song Circle
with Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, Megan Jerome, and Tom Lips, on Saturday, January 21st, 8:00 p.m. at the Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. North, in Ottawa.

Pat Moore of Spirit of Rasputin’s describes it thus: “We’re starting the 2017 season off with an incredible smorgasbord of great music presented in ‘song circle’ format. All on the roots sliding scale, you’ll be on a journey of emotion and fun - from the blues and juke-joint folk of Rick Fines and the exquisite melancholy of Lynn Miles, through to the intimate “heart on her sleeve” musings of Megan Jerome and the heartbreak and hilarity of Tom Lips. Each of these performers brings great stories in song; strong, emotional, and funny! You’ll get a taste of it all. ”

Tickets can be bought online in advance through the Spirit of Rasputin’s site. Seating capacity is limited, so advance purchase is strongly recommended. [UPDATE: According to the Rasputin's website, this concert is now SOLD OUT!]

January 29th - Stories from the Ages

Ottawa fans of traditional wonder tales and epics will remember fondly the winter storytelling series "Stories from the Ages" which was hosted by the late lamented Rasputin's coffeehouse for many years.  Epic storytelling for adults, from Homer's Iliad to the Morte d'Arthur, drew fans from across the city.

This year, series founders Jan Andrews and Jennifer Cayley, in cooperation with the Ottawa StoryTellers, have launched a month-long series on Sunday evenings that should have strong appeal for fans of the original "Stories from the Ages."  I have the honour of performing in the January 29th slot, along with Anne Nagy


January 15:   Kim Kilpatrick -  Teig O’Kane and the Corpse
                      Jacques Falquet - The Handless Maiden              

 January 22:  Kate Hunt - The Snake Prince
                      Jennifer Cayley - The Golden Apples of Lough Erne

January 29:   Tom Lips - The Tale of Judge Lu
 (This is an engaging supernatural story from Pu Songling’s Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio.)
                       Anne Nagy - The Pigeon’s Bride 
Telling will take place from 7:00 till  8:00.  Come early for food and drink, (no service during the telling).  Stay afterwards to chat and think out loud about what you’ve heard.

This is a Pass-the-hat event; a donation of $10.00 is suggested.
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