Here is some information about a few events that have already happened. 

Outdoor Carolling
with Maura Volante

Saturday, December 12, 20 and 21, 2020
2 to 3 pm

This was a successful series, with the great joy of live singing, so rare in these times! We also raised a good sum for Minwaashin Lodge. 

The Log Drive Café presents

Maura & Fern Volante & Ranald Thurgood

Live on the front porch of the Nectar Centre
and Livestream on Youtube. To attend the livestream, click here or copy and paste this link:

This link is still active. If you want to catch this show anytime on Youtube, you can!

Saturday, September 19, 2020
2 pm

255 MacKay Street

Come join us for this rare opportunity to hear traditional folk music in person. Bring a lawn chair and set up on the lawn in front of this charming New Edinburgh arts centre.

If you can’t make it to New Edinburgh, tune in to the show on Youtube.

The Log Drive Café presents

Maura Volante, Diane Fraser & Kate Lock

Friday, February 28, 2020, 7:30 (doors at 7)
The Nectar Centre
255 MacKay Street, Ottawa, K1M 2B6

$10 or pwyc

Homespun is a new group of three women singing unaccompanied, in harmony. They sing a variety of traditional folk songs from Canada, the British Isles and the U.S., with a focus on the experiences of women: struggling in workplaces, suffering in relationships, and resisting the conditions imposed upon them. Homespun has developed exciting new arrangements of songs both familiar and obscure, but there will still be space for the audience to sing along on the choruses.

Maura Volante, who initiated the group, is well-known to the Log Drive Café and other folk audiences in Ottawa (Folk at the Oak, Tunes After Noon …). With decades of experience in traditional folk singing, Maura has a powerful and lyrical voice, with a strong sense of what is appropriate for the material.

Diane Fraser, who plays bodhran and sings in the traditional group FRASER, is also an experienced chorister with such groups as the Stairwell Carollers. She has a warm, rich tone and a strong rhythmic sense.

Kate Lock has sung in choirs and small groups over the years, as well as every day in her work as an early childhood educator. She and Maura have sung together in Christmas carol ensembles and an improvisational group called Oya. Kate’s voice is the clear flowing fountain in the group, with echoes of her British heritage.

By the way, Maura Volante is in the middle of recording an album of traditional Canadian folk songs, which should be out by Spring. Pre-ordering is a possibility: check out Maura’s website for details on that and other projects:

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held on occasional Friday evenings, featuring local and visiting folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.
Tea, coffee and baked goods are available.
Check out the website:
Contact Chrissy Steinbock with further questions:

Pub Carolling
with Maura Volante

Sunday, December 22, 2019
2 pm to 4 pm

The Canal Royal Oak at the Pretoria Bridge
221 Echo Drive

Folk Song Circle
Maura Volante

This 4-week series continues after two amazing sessions. It is directed towards adults 55+, but it is open to all.
Thursdays, 2 to 3 pm
One more session: November 21.

Ottawa Public Library Main Branch
120 Metcalfe Street, Room B125

Featuring traditional Canadian folk songs

Folk songs were made by and for ordinary people, so they are easy to learn and great for group singing.
Maura will lead the sessions, helping you learn a variety of old songs and feel better singing them.
Improve your memory, make new friends, and find your voice.
All voices welcome.
Free, drop-in. • 613 580 2940

Rideau Rounders Tipper poster 24.07.19

Rideau Rounders
Maura Volante & Ranald Thurgood
with Jim Edmondson on Guitar

Friday, August 23, 2019
8 pm
The Tipper

2066 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC, V5N 2T3

$15 or pay what you can

Rideau Rounders consists of Maura Volante and Ranald Thurgood, who sing, together and separately, traditional folk songs. For this show they will concentrate on songs from Ontario and Atlantic Canada. Ballads, work songs and light-hearted ditties collected by folklorists such as Edith Fowke, Helen Creighton, Sandy Ives and others are brought to life by the warm, expressive and hearty voices of these two veteran folk singers. All their performances provide opportunities to sing along on the choruses.

Jim Edmondson, a well-known local folk musician (Three Strong Winds), will add his talents to show, accompanying Maura and Ranald on guitar.

Maura did a show at The Tipper last time she was in town and it was a lot of fun, with a packed house full of folks singing along on the choruses. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear these folks all the way from Ottawa.

For more information, call or text 613 277 9208

Maura & FRASER poster, June 1 Legion, 13.05.19

Maura & Ernie poster 11.11.18

Folk Songs & Fiddle Tunes of Canada
at the Log Drive Café

featuring Maura Volante & Ernie Fraser
with guest Diane Fraser

Friday, November 30, 2018
7:30 – 9:00 pm (doors open at 7)

950 Bank Street, Ottawa
The Glebe Centre Community Programs at
Abbotsford House
(the old stone house across from Lansdowne)

$10 at the door*

Maura Volante has been adding lots of songs to her repertoire (in English and French) from various parts of Canada, and is excited to share this new material as well as some old favourites. Many are old songs brought over from the British Isles and France, such as The Old Beggarman, V’la le Bon Vent and Well Sold the Cow. Others, like Chief Douglas’ Daughter and Klondike, are made in Canada, dealing with actual historical events. Most of the songs have choruses or repeating parts, so come prepared to sing!

Joining Maura will be Ernie Fraser, a local fiddler and guitar player, originally from Cape Breton Island. Ernie will add his tasteful and skilled guitar playing on some of the songs, and will intersperse the evening with tunes on the fiddle, mostly Cape Breton style. The fiddle tunes will also feature Diane Fraser on the bodhran.

Maura Volante brings a lifelong passion for traditional folk music and a deep commitment to engaging others in singing. Her voice is powerful, yet lyrical and nuanced. Maura performs at various gatherings, including Folk at the Oak, a monthly open stage event, as well as the Log Drive Café. Check out her website: You will find more information, song lyrics and links to her Youtube channel.

Ernie Fraser is an experienced fiddler and guitarist. A long-time favourite at the Ottawa Traditional Fiddling and Folk Art Society, Ernie has been active in the Ottawa fiddling community for many years. In 2017, Ernie released his own CD entitled Cape Breton Trubutes. He was the Musical Director of the Ottawa Fiddle Ensemble, and has performed for the Cape Breton Club of Ottawa. Ernie has also played guitar professionally for many years in a variety of styles. These days he hosts and performs at a Celtic Kitchen Party on the 4th Sunday of the month at the Kat & Kraken. Ernie’s website contains further information and video clips:

The Log Drive Café is a traditional music venue, held on occasional Friday evenings, featuring local and visiting folk singers and musicians in a coffee-house setting, in which the audience is welcome to sing along.

Tea, coffee and baked goods are available.

Abbotsford House is a wheelchair accessible recreation centre focused on older adults; however, the Log Drive Café is an all-ages event.

If it is wet out, please bring indoor shoes to protect the floor.

*If $10 is a hardship for you, offer what you can and we will take it.

This information is also on the website:

Contact Chrissy Steinbock with further questions:
Or call Abbotsford House: 613 230 5730


Pub Carolling Dec 23, 2018. 26.11.18

Pub Carolling
with Maura Volante

Sunday, December 23, 2018
2 pm to 4 pm

The Canal Royal Oak at the Pretoria Bridge
221 Echo Drive

Come join Maura Volante and a bunch of other fine folks who like to sing together every year on a Sunday afternoon in December. The upstairs room at the Royal Oak is lovely for group singing, and last year we filled the room with a gorgeous sound. Maura will bring a 10-page booklet of traditional carols, but any seasonal song is welcome. We will go around the room and everyone will have a chance to request or lead a song.

It is free and all are welcome.

Maura will bring lots of paper versions of the carol sheets, but here is a pdf of the 10-page document in case you want to print it or bring it on your device:

Carols for Christmas 2017

Contact Maura Volante with further questions: • 613 277 9208


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