The Ragged Flowers play music@allsaints May 24th in Ottawa, doors open at 7:30 pm

By RocketChimp Records staff
Music@allsaints – a new Wednesday night music series at the new allsaints community space in Ottawa – is bringing The Ragged Flowers on May 24th. Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 in advance at this link.

For those who missed out on tickets for the neo-psychedelic folk-rock flower children at their sold-out folkus concert series performance in March at Almonte Old Town Hall in March, this is your next chance to see their latest set.

Celebrating its 20th year, the band still marvels at its formation-by-chance in the Almonte café and house concert scene in 1997. After discovering each other, roving jam sessions for handfuls of people quickly grew into a string of monthly events pairing Santana, Joni Mitchell, Beatles, Van Morrison, Paul Simon and Bruce Cockburn cover tunes with spicy global cuisine and liberally poured libations.

As their reputation and gigs increased, The Ragged Flowers started writing original tunes. They also began building their folklectic sound featuring dense harmonies, multi-layered percussion, double bass and lots of guitar – including far-out electronic effects inspired by their 70s upbringing when folk, rock and world music were blurred for the first time in the name of anything-goes experimentation.

The Ragged Flowers have put out two studio CDs of original music and one live CD, and are now writing songs for their fourth album. The band has played at Festivals including Blue Skies, Ottawa Folk Festival, Stewart Park and clubs like The Rainbow Bistro while their music has graced the airwaves in Canada at CBC Radio and CKCU-FM as well as folk and roots stations in Europe. They played live and were interviewed earlier this month on Pat Moore’s “Saturday Morning” radio show on CKCU-FM.Previously All Saints Anglican Church, the new “allsaints” is housed in this beloved heritage property and building of national historic significance in the heart of Ottawa’s Sandy Hill neighbourhood. The site of Ottawa’s only royal wedding and a Prime Minister’s state funeral, the church features stunning WWI memorial stained glass windows and a tower with a rare nine-bell chime.
Built in 1899 on Chapel Street by Sir Henry Newell Bate, one of Ottawa’s most important businessmen and the first Chairman of the Ottawa Improvement Commission (predecessor to the National Capital Commission). In 1921 Bate gifted the church to the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa and his children donated the nine bells for the church’s carillon. His third son Thomas Cameron donated Bate Hall in 1934.
With a commitment to celebrating its rich past and preserving its architectural heritage, allsaints is building on its traditions and reaching new communities as an inclusive, multi-use urban space now looks forward to welcoming music from The Ragged Flowers! Wine and beer will be available for the performance.