Doug McArthur & Friends in concert


Date(s) - Saturday, April 1
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Westboro Masonic Hall

Doug McArthur and friends
bring their music to Westboro
Masonic Hall on April 1

Veteran singer-songwriter Doug McArthur will feature songs from his new CD Tears Like Rain in a concert on Saturday, April 1, at Westboro Masonic Hall in Ottawa.

He’ll be backed by bassist Pat Maher and multi-instrumentalist Tom Leighton. Young singer-songwriter Lindsay Thomson will be the opening artist.

The concert is part of the Featured Artists Series of Spirit of Rasputin’s, Ottawa’s folk music society.

Doug McArthur is continuing a long and colourful career on the folk scene as singer, writer and festival organizer. His songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Valdy, Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers, Colleen Peterson and Nancy White.

His song “Tears Like Rain” was performed by Randy Bachman in the early days of Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and now re-emerges as the title track of Doug’s new CD. Reviewer Mike Regenstreif recalls hearing Doug’s own performance at a Montreal coffeehouse in the 1970’s: “It had opening lines, ‘Mr. Conductor, your train runs too slow, I paid for my ticket, I’m ready to go’ and a chorus, ‘Oh Lord, tears like rain, Linda’s got the blues again,’ that have stuck with me as an earworm for about 45 years.”

Regenstreif also cites as a highlight of the CD “The Big Canoe”, “a spoken-word piece set against atmospheric music that draws on folkloric legends (or perhaps imagined folkloric legends) inspired by the river that runs through Wakefield, Quebec, the village north of Ottawa where Doug lives, and the Algonquin indigenous people who traditionally lived in the area.”

Pat Maher was raised in a large musical family in Shannon, a small Anglo-Irish town near Quebec City. He soaked up many musical genres, playing tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and bass guitar. Now living in Wakefield, he plays bass with artists including Ian Tamblyn, Chris MacLean, Bobby Watt and Ecosse as well as Doug McArthur. Pat is a member of bands The 2 Paddys, The Adorables and Tractor. He also mentors local youth in the “Be in the Band” program sponsored by RBC Bluesfest.

Tom Leighton plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone — sometimes several of them at the same time. He regularly accompanies Canadian fiddle greats on piano, accordion and bouzouki, in styles including Celtic, East Coast, Métis, Scandinavian and swing. He is also half of the celebrated Canadian duo Mark Haines & Tom Leighton.

Opening artist Lindsay Thomson is from Kenora, Ontario, but has carried on the Wakefield connection by recording her song “Wakefield”. She wrote it as a course assignment at Carleton University, where she is a student in the singer-songwriter stream of the Bachelor of Music program.

Showtime is 8:00 pm on Saturday, April 1 at the Westboro Masonic Hall, 430 Churchill Ave. N. at Byron, with doors opening at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $20 and are available online at through PayPal using your PayPal account or major credit cards.

A few last-minute tickets may be available for cash at the door, but seating capacity is limited, so advance purchase is strongly recommended.

Further information:

David Mayerovitch, Spirit of Rasputin’s:


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