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Summer Camp Spotlight: Stringband w/ Ann Downey

Sringband w/ Ann Downey

Do you play fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar or bass, and want to play old-time music with others? Here’s your chance! While giving a nod to some of the classic old time American string -bands, this “string-band” class will get you playing, singing and generally having a good time making music together. Bring instruments, and a couple of tunes / songs, and we’ll see what we can do. If you play multiple instruments, you may want to take the road less traveled, to help with the variety of sound and texture. Non-string instruments are welcome too, though we reserve the right to ration and re-direct multiple percussion instruments (washboard, bodhran, spoons, etc.).

Dylan Watts

Dylan Watts

Dylan has been playing guitar since his early teens. At the age of 13 he started teaching workshops to young guitar players after school and on weekends. In his teen years he played lead guitar in a metal band and perfected his shredding skills. That band produced 2 albums and played regularly at Ottawa venues like Café Dekuf, Mavericks and Babylon.

After graduation Dylan decided to put school on hold and dedicate his time to perfecting his music skills. He now studies & plays Gypsy Jazz and Finger Style Acoustic guitar, influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Reed, Django Reienhardt, Frank Vignola. He also enjoys all forms of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country and Jazz.

Dylan offers patient instruction, encouragement and support for students, whatever their level. Students will appreciate the practical knowledge that he brings to music instruction through his own learning and playing experiences.

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Larrivee RS-4 Monterey Electric Guitar

Larrivee RS-4 Electric Guitar

The Larrivee RS-4 Monterey Electric Guitar features a single piece of mahogany body & neck, Canadian maple top plate, Indian rosewood fretboard, ebony veneer headstock, Klusons Tulip Tip tuners, Tonepros bridge & tailstop, durable ultra-gloss UV polyester finish, Generation III Larrivee Standard bridge & neck humbuckers, Schaller strap locks, nickel & chrome hardware and comes with a free hardshell case.

Guitar Practice Group

This is a weekly collective for students of the guitar to practice together, share knowledge and learn together. Guitarists of all levels are welcome and encouraged to take part. An instructor will be present for the first half hour to answer questions and to make sure that the information we are sharing with each other is correct. Bring your unique musical background and tastes, share tips and tricks you’ve learned, or bring a favourite song you’d like to learn – or have learned and would like to share with the group! $5 per session, no comittment necessary, come when you can. Saturdays at 2:00pm.

Fingerpicking Guitar in Open Tunings w/ David Essig – May 29th

David Essig Fingerpicking Guitar In Open Tunings

Open tunings introduce a new world of sounds for guitar players, especially when fingerpicking. In this workshop, we will learn to play in several open tunings and we will focus on how to use the harmonic elements of the tunings to create moving bass lines within chord passages, especially in the fingerpicking style. We will also learn how to keep the tunings organized in our playing to reduce confusion and contradiction between tunings. Students should have basic fingerpicking skills and know the principal folk keys on guitar.

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet Classical

Cordoba Fusion 14 Jet

The Jet belongs to Cordoba’s Fusion series, a line of high quality crossover or hybrid style nylon string guitars designed to play & feel like steel string acoustics. Most notably, the necks are carved thinner than traditional Spanish-style “classical” guitars & have a nut width of 1 7/8”. These slimmer dimensions combined with a radiused fingerboard give the Fusion series the feel & playability that most steel string & electric guitar players are used to.

Campfire Sing Along – Wednesday July 23rd

Campfire Sing Along

Get your campfire song-singin’ skills warmed up with this brand new song circle hosted by Arthur McGregor. Bring your guitar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, mandolin (or any other instrument that you feel like playing!) and a song for the group to sing along to. Everybody is welcome. Wednesday July 23rd – 7:30-8:30pm, $5.

SALE! No Tax on Guitars Over $500!

SALE March 28th

We’re having a HUGE sale this weekend! No tax on all guitars* over $500, plus 15% off all of our Eastman Ukuleles. This offer is only valid in-store, but if you’d like to browse our wide selection of guitars, visit our e-store or drop by and try one out! *excluding consignment items Sorry this offer […]

Sale: 15% All Eastman Guitars, Mandolins & Ukes This Weekend!

15% Off All Eastman Guitars & Ukes This Weekend!

This weekend (March 21-23), all of our Eastman Guitars, Mandolins & Ukuleles are 15% off! Eastman has a lot of noteworthy musicians endorsing their guitars and mandolins including the Lumineers and Jeff Bridges, so in honour of The Dude, use the discount code “Lebowski” if you want to make your purchase on our E-Store.

St. Patrick’s Day Weekend Workshops at O’FC

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Workshops at O'FC

This St. Patrick’s Day Weekend (March 15th & 16th), we’re hosting a bunch of Irish themed workshops. On Saturday we’ll have classes for Bodhran, Fiddle, Penny Whistle and DADGAD Guitar, plus on Sunday we’re hosting an Irish Jam Session. Click here to sign up for these courses on our E-Store. Here’s a rundown on all […]

Friday Featured E-Store Item

Friday Featured E-Store Item: Folks For The Folklore Centre Tickets FundraisingPoster_new venue8*11

Please consider a virtual ticket.
Borealis Records presents Folks for the Folklore Centre – an evening in support of the Ottawa Folklore Centre July 31st at 7:30pm at Southminster United Church at 15 Aylmer at Bank. The concert will feature performances by Lynn Miles, Sneezy Waters, James Keelaghan, Terry Tufts & Kathryn Briggs, Finest Kind with James Stephens and a bevy of OFC’s friends & teachers. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by phone at 613-730-2887, in person at OFC (1111 Bank St) or on our e-store.


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    1111 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4
    613.730-2887 | 1-800-385-FOLK (3655)

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  • Saturday  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday  Closed

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