Rasputin’s Cafe in downtown Ottawa has a great relaxed Celtic music session every Monday night – great crowd of people and very welcoming to this stranger from downunder!


This was the first real test of the travel pochette fiddle, and despite its boxy sound it was quite loud enough to be heard easily in the session. They played mainly old school stuff – which meant I knew most of the tunes, and generally had a great time.

Celtic session Ottawa 2008

The cafe owner had been there 30 years and was very knowledgeable about the local arts and literary scene, pointing out a Canadian author who was tidying her garden across the street, to a young German academic who had come to Ottawa doing research on Canadian writers.

So, if you happen to be in Ottawa on a Monday evening – Rasputin’s Folk Cafe is well worth checking out