Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Next BobCat: Gathering Sparks April 12!

We are more than excited for our next show. If you were to name a roots music supergroup, I'd nominate Gathering Sparks. This new trio of musical friends features three performers that have impressive individual resumes. Together, we (and you) are promised an evening of amazing instrument-switchin' folk music at its best.

Eve Goldberg is perhaps best known as the composer of "Watermelon Sorbet", the theme to CBC's "Richardson's Roundup." One friend describes Eve as a true folk singer. I agree.

Jane Lewis is another superb writer, keyboardist, and singer. And her partner Sam Turton brings virtuosic guitar skills and a voice and style steeped in gospel, blues and soul to the mix.

This promises to be a wonderful evening of inspiring music. Don't miss it.

WHEN: April 12, 2012, 7:00 mix, 8:00 music
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa
OTHER DETAILS:
Suggested donation: $20, ideally in advance, either by dropoff, Paypal, or Interac transfer. BYOB, and something snackish to share if you like.

See you there (or is that here?)! 

Monday, 20 January 2014

WAITING LIST MODE! Jill Zmud and friends, February 8

Lovely Jill Zmud performs
at BobCat February 8
UPDATE JAN 30: WE'RE GONNA CALL THIS FULL. If you haven't gotten in touch yet we can create a waiting list and put you on it, in case there are cancellations. Thank you so much for being eager listeners. 

When we started doing house concerts, we decided that when a concert was happening during someone's birth month, we would let that person pick the artist. Of course, that only really works for the Cat half with her February birthday.

But she's made some amazing choices over the years -- Penny Lang, Good Lovelies, Amy Campbell, Missy Burgess, Peter Elkas...

And 2014, the 7th-anniversary show for BobCat House Concerts, she's done it again with a return engagement from the superb Jill Zmud.

Jill Zmud is a slightly late starter, musically speaking. She spent much of her youth pursuing other arts. But when she took up music, she quickly made up any lost ground. Her 2009 record "...as we quietly drive by" was a little piece of crystalline beauty, with songs that brought the sultriness and the gospel inflections over her to the forefront, and music that was artfully made by her, guitarist Chris Page, producer Dave Draves, and Christine Mathenge and Jerusha Lewis of the Voices of Praise Gospel Choir.

Since that album, she's been making music and working on non-musical projects as well. And as I write this post, she's recording the long-awaited second album.


On February 8, Jill and some friends will join us for a celebratory evening full of torch-folk-inspired smiles, sly giggles, and full-on laughter. It will be a joyous evening. And you should be there.

WHO: Jill Zmud and Friends
WHERE: BobCat Birthday Parlour, 214 Northwestern Avenue
WHEN: mingling at 7, music at 8
WHAT: suggested donation of $20, all proceeds to artist.

We encourage you to make your donation in advance as we often have a full house, and we want to ensure the artist is given a full audience and a full envelope. You can drop it off, or you can use PayPal or Interac to transfer money to us at this email.

As always, your donation to the Ottawa Food Bank is gratefully accepted, and we encourage you to bring your own alcoholic treats and a snack to share.

Friday, 3 January 2014

UPDATED: SOLD OUT Lindsay Ferguson joins us Jan 18


THANKS ALL! This show is now sold out. If you want to get on a wait list, let me know by email: bob dot ledrew at gmail dot com. 

Happy 2014!

Lindsay Ferguson has been on our list for a while. And for some reason, it hasn't come together. Until now.

A woman with a wandering soul, she's most recently found herself living a "jet-set life" between Chelsea and Switzerland, where she found a musical community and much more recently.  

Her musical interests are as well-traveled as she is. The commonality between songs that are pure folk, pop-infused, and as torchy as anything you'd hear on a Verve record: her lovely, rich and powerful voice. 

We're excited to have her play songs from her two CDs Sound! and Monkeys Under Stars -- and maybe some new ones too -- for you. 

WHO: Lindsay Ferguson 
WHEN: Saturday, January 18, with mingling at 7 and music at 8
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa. 

Here's a sample of what Lindsay brings to the stage: 



SUGGESTED DONATION: $20; please prepay either by dropping off cash or cheques at the house, or by using PayPal or Interac money transfers to bob dot ledrew at gmail dot com.

BobCat says BYOB, and if you feel like making a snack to share with others you will be blessed. 

BobCat is a proud supporter of the Ottawa Food Bank so if you have a non-perishable food good to give, you will get a hug on request.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

SOLD OUT BobCat: Quique Escamilla, November 9

SORRY FOLKS! THE HOUSE IS FULL!

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it! We've been doing a bunch of things and house concerts have been not on the agenda.

But we're back for one last show for 2013, and it's going to be amazing. Our last performer for the year is Quique Escamilla. (Key-kay EscaMEEla).

According to his bio, Quique "was born and raised in a family of six in the warm, tropical state of Chiapas in Mexico. He started singing at the age of four at family reunions. When he was six, he asked to sing with the in-house six-piece Mariachi band in a crowded restaurant. That night, Quique performed the classic ranchera song "El Rey" in front of an audience. At that moment, he discovered the thrill of performing and the powerful magic of live music."

While his music may have changed (along with his voice), he has by no means lost the thrill of performing and the powerful magic of music. In fact, he's wonderfully able to transmit that thrill and magic to his audiences, whether singing in Spanish or English.

He's been a performer with Danny Michel (another vote in his favour, says Bob), and has also shared stages with Michael Franti, Jim Cuddy, Jenn Grant, and Justin Rutledge to name a few.

Quique's music fuses traditional Mexican musical styles such as ranchera and huapango with modern sounds of rock, reggae, pop, ska, cumbia, bolero, jazz, and other Latin American rhythms. His considerable instrumental skills combine with his smooth voice to make him one of the best performers we've seen in a while. So come out and warm up a cold November night with some música caliente!



WHO: Quique Escamilla
WHEN: Saturday, November 9; mingling at 7 and music at 8
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20; please prepay by dropping off cash or cheques or using PayPal or Interac money transfers to bob dot ledrew at gmail dot com.

BobCat says BYOB, and if you feel like making a snack to share with others you will be blessed. BobCat also donates to the Ottawa Food Bank so if you have a non-perishable food good to give, you will get a hug on request.



Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Jadea Kelly visits March 9, 2013


Our first BobCat of 2013 is one worth waiting for.

When you hear Jadea Kelly sing, you'll find it a little hard to imagine her singing and playing with metal band Protest the Hero. When she struck out on her own, she found a voice that some have called a "hushed Loretta Lynn", and a style of writing that is intimate and powerful.

Jadea tours internationally, across Canada and in the United States, opening for the likes of Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Catherine MacLellan. In 2012 she was featured on Stuart McLean's VINYL CAFE and recorded live by CBC at the Stewart Park Folk Festival in 2010. She also performed at Yonge & Dundas Square and the Sudbury Northern Lights Festival in 2012, as well as a couple of residencies at the Elmdale House (RIP [?] ). She is a captivating performer and you'll be glad to have seen her here, before the great wide world discovers her talents.

Don't believe me? Check this:



WHO: Jadea Kelly
WHAT: BobCat House Concerts
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue
WHEN: March 9, 2013; the music starts at 8:00 pm
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20

A reminder: We appreciate prepayment, because that means artists get money (All of it). You can drop off payment, or send Paypal or Interac e-transfers to bob.ledrew@gmail.com. Arrive after 7 to mingle and munch (please feel free to bring a savory or sweet snack to share with others), and we always accept donations for the Ottawa Food Bank if you're so inclined.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

David Newland Gives BobCat a Whirl

BobCat House Concerts have been gone for a while, but we're back. And we have a great person to get us back into giving house concerts a whirl. David Newland is a friend to music, in as many ways as you can imagine. He's one half of the brain trust behind the superb Roots Music Canada website. He's the originator of Toronto's  Corktown Ukelele Jam. He is a member of the McFlies, a Toronto-based band that puts a quirky acoustic spin on 80s hits. He's brought his humour and knowledge to hosting countless festivals and concerts.

But most of all, David is a musician. His first studio CD, Give it a Whirl, is a collection of songs that remind us of what's great about folk music. Rhythms that infect the listener's toes; imagery rooted in nature; a warm and comfortable voice that invites you into the song, and superb musicianship (guests on Give it a Whirl included Dala, John Sheard, Good Lovelies, and the Bebop Cowboys). The CD is deceptively simple sounding in the same way that the best folk albums are, providing layers of enjoyment. And I think you'll have an even better time with David live at our house.

WHO: David Newland
WHAT: BobCat House Concerts
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue
WHEN: November 3, 2012; the music starts at 8:00 pm
SUGGESTED DONATION: $20

A reminder: We appreciate prepayment, because that means artists get money (All of it). You can drop off payment, or send Paypal or Interac e-transfers to bob.ledrew@gmail.com. Arrive after 7 to mingle and munch (please feel free to bring a savory or sweet snack to share with others), and we always accept donations for the Ottawa Food Bank if you're so inclined.






Saturday, 16 June 2012

Summer BobCat: Amy Campbell CD release show August 18

If anyone could rouse us from summer doldrums, it would have to be our pal Amy Campbell. She's coming back to BobCat to do her second Ottawa release show here, and we couldn't be more excited to make it a first-ever summer show for us, and a first-ever (weather permitting) OUTDOOR SHOW! WOO!

Letters Home is Amy's first CD since 2008's Oh Heart Oh Highway, and I can tell you that it's a cracker of a record.

Amy's bio says that she "brings together classical training and folk sensibilities to create music that reaches into human experience and comes back with stories written from the soul. Devoted equally to lyrical craft, innovative musicianship, and engaging performances, Amy’s dozen years of writing, composing, and touring have cemented her position in hearts and playlists across the world... [with]  signature rhythmic guitar compositions and thought-provoking, heart-rending lyrics."

I say that Amy is a wonderfully evocative singer, guitarist, and writer, and if you aren't moved by her music you need a soul transplant. (And she's one of our favorite people in the world too, so forgive the bias.)

Need proof? Watch this:



Now you're ready to sign on.

WHO: Amy Campbell
WHAT: "Letters Home" CD Release show
WHEN: Saturday, August 18, 3:00 music
WHERE: 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa (outdoors in good weather, indoors in bad)
HOW: $12 suggested donation. Please prepay using PayPal, Interac e-transfer, or by mailing a cheque to Bob LeDrew, 214 Northwestern Avenue, Ottawa. Use bob.ledrew (at) gmail.com to send electronic transfers.
WHY: Because you really deserve to hear this music.

See you in August.