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Manotick Concerts 2016

This is a unique opportunity to hear excellent musicians, many of them world class, performing in an intimate hall right here in Manotick. Don't miss it!

This concert series, organized by Terry McGovern (a musician himself), was originally called "Raise the Roof Concerts" in 2013 to raise funds for a new roof for Watson's Mill. The roof was replace and future funds raised will continue to pay for renovations to this historic working grist mill, the pride of Manotick village on the Rideau Waterway.

Pre-season Concerts

    Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main St. (south entrance) Keith Glass flyer
    6:30 pm Social hour with savoury treats, tea, coffee. Beer & wine for sale
    7:30 pm Concert
    Intermission: sweet treats, tea, coffee. Beer & wine for sale
Sat. Apr. 5
Keith Glass (web) (Prairie Oyster)   Flyer
Canadian country musician with an all-star band "The Bad Dogs"
Featuring songs from his album "Bad Dog" Terry Gillespie flyer
Sat. May 10
Terry Gillespie (web) (Heaven's Radio)   Flyer
Canadian blues legend for 40 years. About Terry Gillespie
or move mouse here to read
"The blues is the root, the rest is the fruit." -- Willie Dixon
Terry Gillespie has been called a musical Shaman, Canada's King of Roots Music and Mr. Groove for good reason - his live performances are fascinating, entertaining and captivating in a way that allows the audience to pay attention and not be distracted from the music by egotistical showmanship and maniacal guitar playing. He is both charismatic and soulful. His guitar is tasteful, his vocals beautifully phrased and he is backed by an energy of sound that pulls people off their chairs. Those in attendance at Terry Gillespie shows are part of the show, with each audience member an integral part of the band; they too become one with the music.

"Terry Gillespie is one of the most sincerely talented musicians in Canada. He's a bluesman to the core, but not in the traditional sense for he has range and influences that take it to a whole new level. His blues is the truth and it comes through with every word and melody he wraps his soulful voice around. This is real." – Sue Foley

"After experiencing Terry’s performance, we would absolutely welcome him back anytime."
    – C. Anderson, Minstrel Cafe & Bar, Kelowna, BC

"It was world-class fun and a world-class performance. What a band! And Terry is a star and a gentleman too." – Paul Symmes, Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield

The Cooper Brothers Unplugged

Cooper Brothers flyer

Special Guest: Jeff Rogers

Sat. June 14
Social hour 6:30 pm Concert 7:30 pm
Manotick United Church 5567 Manotick Main St. (south entrance)
$35. Family $80 (2 adults, children under 14)
Complimentary treats, tea/coffee, water, punch provided by The Miller's Oven. Beer and wine for sale.   Website | Flyer

Canada's country-rock band was founded in Ottawa 40 years ago. This is a win-win - great price, worthy cause, and for the first time in a small, intimate space, the beautiful songs and sublime harmonies of The Cooper Brothers with acoustic guitars. "The Dream Never Dies", "Show Some Emotion", "I'll Know Her When I See Her" This will be a wonderful event. Jeff Rogers, a young singer-songwriter, will open the show. Hope to see you there.

Benefit for The Miller's Oven, a unique breakfast and lunch cafe run by seniors and teens (the first work experience for many). Concert sponsor is Turtle Island Brewing Co. (People's Choice award, Watson's Mill 2013).

Summer Concert Series - Watson's Mill

    Watson's Mill, 5525 Dickinson St.
    6:30 pm Doors open - 7:00 pm Concert
    Intermission: Sweet treats, coffee, tea, water, soft drinks
    Fundraiser for Watson's Mill
Sun. May 25
Vince Halfhide
Ottawa singer-songwriter performs blues, roots, R&B, reggae, country, folk
Member of Irene's Blues AllStars
About Vince Halfhide
or move mouse here to read Over the last four decades, guitarist Vince Halfhide has performed and recorded in a variety of genres (blues, R&B, reggae, country, folk, jazz, African...) with acts such as Heaven's Radio, Bill Stevenson, Sneezy Waters, Andrea and the Fun Guys, the Jivewires, Larry "the Bird" Mootham, the Toasted Westerns, Missy Burgess and the Mighty Popo. Vince's musical vocabulary is eclectic but cohesive, his playing both grounded in "roots" idioms and open to improvisation in the spirit of the moment. This approach can be heard in all his work, from his early days in Heaven's Radio to his recent work with Missy Burgess, the Mighty Popo and Terry Gillespie.

Selected Discography: Mighty Popo: Muhazi, Ngagara, Dunia Yote, Tamba Missy Burgess: Lemon Pie, Pour Me A Song Vince Halfhide and Larry "The Bird" Mootham: Kitchen Music The Jivewires: Jive-O-Matic, Aw Shaddup The Toasted Westerns: Out To Lunch Andrea And The Fun Guys: We've Got Something Good Sneezy Waters: You've Got Sawdust On The Floor Of Your Heart Heaven's Radio: Rendezvous, Uptown Babies, Radio Active.
Sun. Jun. 22
Duelling Pianos
David Kalil
(web), Tyler Kealey (web), Todd Huckabone (www.molemanstudio.com)
Triple enjoyment with pianos, guitar, and vocals.
About Dualling Pianos
or move mouse here to read Dave Kalil, pianoman, has been entertaining audiences in Ottawa and across Canada since 1976. His debut CD, "Hole in the Universe", was produced in New York with great musicians like Gary Burke (drummer with Joe Jackson, Bob Dylan), Hugh MacDonald (bass player for Bon Jovi) and John Platania (guitarist with Van Morrison). Dave's infectious enthusiasm for entertaining rubs off on audiences wherever he plays!

Tyler Kealey is a singer/songwriter with infectious energy, impressing audiences with piano flourishes and dynamic vocals ranging from soft and smooth to a gritty rock tone.

"Tyler is the real deal. A triple-threat who can sing, play and write. Just a super talent."
  – Dick Cooper, The Cooper Brothers

"Tyler... is a perennial audience favourite at the Ottawa Bluesfest. His song-writing ability, vocal prowess, and astonishing mastery of the piano, along with his genius regarding all things musical, are incredibly inspiring to the students who participate in the Blues In The Schools program and to all music fans that witness his performances."
  – Mark Monahan, Executive Director, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest

"He is fluent in so many ways: jazz, rock, blues, celtic folk, and pop. His commands of melody, harmony, rhythm and improvisation have always impressed greatly."
  – Paul Symes, Black Sheep Inn

Todd Huckabone was an integral part of the Duelling Pianos show last summer - a great guitarist and vocalist.
The Claytones flyer
Sun. July 27
The Claytones (web)
Country band from the Valley
About The Claytones
or move mouse here to read Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of country-soaked roots music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and newcomer Pat McLaughlin write and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. Combining their wide-ranging influences, they have created a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight, three-part harmonies and a warm stage presence.

The National Post listed them as one of the top 5 Canadian Acts to watch in 2012. "The Claytones are both fresh and classic. Stunning harmonies, beautiful arrangements and three of the nicest people you ever want to meet. They give what so many other groups only promise: exquisite, classic, country soaked harmonies; originals that stand proudly beside the classic songs they cover with conviction; a stage presence that marks them as serious professionals. The Claytones deliver."
  – James Keelaghan: Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society
Sun. Aug. 24
Terry Tufts (web)
Folk singer-songwriter and guitarist with 7 albums.
About Terry Tufts
or move mouse here to read Terry Tufts is a finger-style guitarist playing professionally since 1974. In 1974 he moved to Fredericton, New Brunswick to pursue his musical career as a singer-songwriter and guitarist. He worked as a session musician and sideman for a variety of artists including Tom Paxton, Kathryn Briggs, David Francey, Colleen Peterson, Laura Smith, Laura Bird, Ian Tamblyn, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, Charlie Sohmer, The Arrogant Worms, Wayne Rostad, Susan Aglukark, Tracey Brown, and George Fox.

He has 7 albums to his credit, one not yet released. He is the only two time winner of the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's Songs From The Heart competition in 1998 and 2001.
Sun. Sep. 28
Pat Moore (web)
Singer-songwriter, country band 'The Vinyl Frontier'
About Pat Moore
or move mouse here to read Pat Moore is an engaging, warm performer whose songs will take you on a musical journey with her unique blend of roots and country music. Together with Pat McLaughlin (guitars, mandolin, vocals) and Ann Downey (bass, vocals) they will fill the hall with beautiful harmonies, and skilled and tasteful instrumental breaks. With her strong clear voice, Pat pours her heart and soul into her music.

Her much acclaimed debut album The Time has Never Been Better has been followed up with a heart and soul wrenching country album, Take it to Heart.


Single ticket  –  $25.
Family ticket  –  $60.   2 adults & children under 14
Season ticket  –  5 concerts  –  $100.
Pre-season concert  –  add $20.
All 7 concerts  –  $140.

Season's tickets are a "win-win". You save 20% on the series and 20% on pre-season shows. If you can't attent a show, contact Terry McGovern to transfer your ticket to a different show.

Buy tickets at:

Pre-Show Dinner Discounts

  1. The Mill Tavern (613-692-1686), 5544 Manotick Main St., offers ticket holders a pre-show 25% discount off their meal.
  2. Babbos Cuccina (613-692-6100), Manotick Mews 1160 Beaverwood Rd, offers ticket holders a pre-show 15% discount off their meal.

Stop by the concert venue on your way to dinner to pick up tickets to take advantage of discounts. Someone will be there a few hours before.

For more information email Terry McGovern: