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Rosalyn Dennett is a fiddler, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has established herself on the international roots scene through her role as one of the founding members of the highly acclaimed quartet Oh My Darling. With four nominated albums, headlining four international tours, and sold out shows across the country, she moved to Toronto to pursue her love of traditional music. Some of her projects include Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band, Pigeonhawk Stringband & Old Pony (Old Time Appalachian/Bluegrass), Bon Fer (Cajun/Zydeco), and many more. Rosalyn has had the pleasure of performing with Donovan Woods, Fred Penner, David Francey, The Fugitives, Zachary Lucky, Kaia Kater, Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell, Adam Cohen, Valerie June, the Crooked Brothers, Gabriel De Santis and has recorded on over 20 albums.

As a teacher, Rosalyn has given workshops in fiddle playing at the Maverick Festival (UK), European World of Bluegrass Festival (NL), Winnipeg Folk Festival (MB), Home Routes (YK), Summerfolk (ON), and Nimblefingers Camp & Festival (BC). She has taught in fiddle programs for the Frontier Fiddlers, Manitoba Conservatory of Music & Arts Outreach Program, University of Manitoba Prep Studies, and Sistema Toronto.

Selected Recordings:

Shawna Caspi Forest Fire 2017
Fred Penner Hear The Music 2017 *Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 2017
Hannah Shira Naiman Know The Mountain 2016 *Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 2017
Donovan Woods CBC First Play Live 2016
Zachary Lucky Everywhere A Man Can Be 2016 *Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee 2017
Kaia Kater Nine Pin 2016 *Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 2016
Whitebrow Mono Vodou 2015
Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band Beulah Land 2014
Hannah Shira Naiman Tether My Heart 2014
Evans & Dennett Hellbound for Alabama 2013
The Living Daylight Stringband Make it Shine till the Sun Takes Over 2013
Oh My Darling Venez Danser 2013 *Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
Oh My Darling Sweet Nostalgia 2012 *Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
Crooked Brothers Lawrence Where's Your Knife? 2011
Dennett & deGroot The Holler 2011
The Dust Poets World At Large 2010
Oh My Darling In The Lonesome Hours 2010 *Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
Oh My Darling Oh My Darling EP 2009 *Western Canadian Music Award Nominee
Maiko Watson Sweet Vibration 2009
The Paperbacks Lit From Within 2009

Previous events

Kitty Come Down

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The Local Pub, 396 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario

Rosalyn Dennett has been performing Irish traditional music since the age of 14, when she joined her family band Cuilain to perform traditional fiddle and dance for audiences across Manitoba. At age 18, she moved to Ireland, where she studied with renowned fiddler Jesse Smith, and spent many evenings playing sessions in the pubs of Galway. Now living in Toronto, Rosalyn has been enjoying the vibrant Irish community and will be joined by some of her fine friends for some tunes and craic!

Mr. Rick's Tin Pan Jazz Band

Gate 403, Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto

Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post war Detroit. Mr. Rick learned his craft by watching and listening to the iconic folk blues performers of the era at Detroit’s famed “Chessmate Coffeehouse”. Mr. Rick, has had a passion for Americana music for over 40 years.

Bon Fer

La Rev, 2848 Dundas St W, Toronto

At La Rev in the Junction, a triple bill of fun-times with:

Bon Fer - Cajun Music

Old time folk raggamuffins Captain Cowboy and The Money Maker

And old time jazz trio The Riverboat Band

All for the low low (Suggested) price of $10 (If you can't pay that but wanna come we still wanna see ya!! Pay what you can, buster!)

Starts at 7:30. Really!!

GOOD IDEA: come early, eat some declious mexican food!

Junction Music Festival Main Stage

The Junction, Dundas and Keele, Toronto

Bon Fer - meaning ‘Good Iron’ in reference to the Cajun triangle called a ‘t’fer’ - is Toronto’s newest Cajun band, drawing on the traditional influences of the Balfa Brothers with a contemporary twist. The group consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians including Emilyn Stam (Filipo Gambetta, Té) on fiddle, Rosalyn Dennett (Oh My Darling, Ken Whiteley) on fiddle, John Williams (Boxcar Boys) on accordion, Max Heineman (Lonesome Ace Stringband, Foggy Hogtown Boys) on bass, and Jesse Corrigan (Kitgut Stringband, Kristine Schmidt) on guitar. FREE!

Bon Fer

The Orchard Bar, 1174 Bloor St W, Toronto

Bon Fer - meaning ‘Good Iron’ in reference to the Cajun triangle called a ‘t’fer’ - is Toronto’s newest Cajun band, drawing on the traditional influences of the Balfa Brothers with a contemporary twist. The group consists of some of Canada’s finest musicians including Emilyn Stam (Filipo Gambetta, Té) on fiddle, Rosalyn Dennett (Oh My Darling, Ken Whiteley) on fiddle, John Williams (Boxcar Boys) on accordion, Max Heineman (Lonesome Ace Stringband, Foggy Hogtown Boys) on bass, and Jesse Corrigan (Kitgut Stringband, Kristine Schmidt) on guitar. PWYC

Apr26

East Coast Music Awards

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Saint John, NB

Fred Penner CD Release Concert

Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St W, Toronto

The latest musical offering from the beloved children's entertainer features guest appearances from a number of prominent Canadian musicians, whose childhood's were likely soundtracked by Penner himself. Ron Sexsmith, Alex Cuba, Basia Bulat, the Good Lovelies, Terra Lightfoot and Bahamas (a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen) all contributed to the record. To mark the arrival of Hear the Music, you'll be able to do exactly what the title suggests at the CD release party on April 23 at Lula Lounge in Toronto

Apr22

Ottawa Grassroots Festival - w/ Ken Whiteley

The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa

The Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) is pleased to confirm that Canadian folk/roots music legend, singer-songwriter, Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band will headline the Saturday night (April 22) at the festival in Old Ottawa South. Now celebrating its 6th year, the event will take place from April 20-23, 2017 at The Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Avenue, Ottawa.

The Grassroots Festival is a family-friendly gathering of folk music, dance and spoken word. It’s called Grassroots because it is! This not-for-profit organization is run entirely by volunteers and prides itself for the participatory workshops it provides, cultivating community and nurturing inclusivity in a fun and friendly way.

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