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, Sistema Toronto, and holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Manitoba.

Selected Recordings:

Shawna Caspi Forest Fire 2017
Fred Penner Hear The Music 2017 *Canadian Folk Music Award Winner 2017, JUNO Award Winner 2018
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


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


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.

Old Pony

Amico's Pizzeria, 1648 Queen St W, Toronto

Old Pony plays your favourite Old Time American hits at our favourite Old Time Toronto pizzeria. Featuring Rob McLaren on Banjo/Guitar, Ben Whiteley on Upright Bass, and Rosalyn Dennett on the Fiddle. No cover. Music from 9:30-12:30! Food served til 4AM

Folk Fights Back - with Abigail Lapell

The Tranzac, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto

Folk fights back is a musician led organization that seeks to raise money and awareness for critical issues during the Trump presidency. Our second event, Folk Fights Back for Immigrants and Refugees will raise money for local organizations that are doing litigation or other support work for refugees and immigrants. These shows also seek to raise awareness about these critical issues, and will feature representation and information from the non-profits being supported. All proceeds of Folk Fights Back Toronto will go to the Romero House, whose work with recent immigrants and refugees in the city of Toronto could use your help!

Doors at 6, Show at 6:30 sharp! www.benplotnick.com/folk-fights-back


The Foggy Hogtown Boys The Slocan Ramblers Jaron Freeman-Fox Sarah Jane Scouten Quique Escamilla - Music Kristine Schmitt Abigail Lapell w/Rosalyn Dennett NUA Ivan Rosenberg & Chris Coole

with hosts the SPECIAL INTEREST group

$15 tickets in advance or at the door or watch online at concertwindow.com

Toronto Contra Dance: Pigeonhawk Stringband w/ Kris Rosar (Caller)

St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 175 Hampton Ave, Toronto, Ontario

If you can walk, you can contra dance! No experience required. We always offer a free Basics Class from 7:00 - 7:30 pm, and each dance is taught before it is danced. We change partners between each dance, and you will find that experienced dancers seek out new ones to help them along.

Hogtown Hoedown - Pigeonhawk Stringband

Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto

HOGTOWN HOEDOWN Friday, November 18 8 pm - 11 pm

Hey dancers, the November Hogtown Hoedown is almost here! Dance your Trumped-up blues away at Friday’s dance!

Bring all your friends, let’s make November’s dance a doozy!

Caller: Peg Evans Band: Pigeonhawk Stringband,

No experience necessary, No need to bring a partner. Beginner instruction at 8, followed by the dance at 8:15, each dance is taught before it starts.

Cash Bar!!! $15 Admission $10 students and underemployed $7 kids

Sin and Swoon & Hannah Shirah Naiman

Le Cagibi, 5490 St Laurent, Montreal

Toronto banjo player Hannah Shira Naiman and Montreal duo Sin & Swoon share the stage at Le Cagibi in Montreal to celebrate the release of Hannah's sophomore album "Know The Mountain"

Folk Music Ontario

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Ottawa, ON

Perfoming with Kaia Kater & Hannah Shira Naiman

Zachary Lucky "Everywhere a Man Can Be" CD Release

Dakota Tavern, Ossington, Toronto

Zachary Lucky 'Everywhere A Man Can Be' album release show

October 7th, 2016 at The Dakota Tavern in Toronto, ON Show at 7:00 PM $10.00 at the door or in advance w/ Dan Edmonds opening

Zachary Lucky - Everywhere A Man Can Be (Wroxton Recordings / Fontana North)

Zachary Lucky’s Everywhere A Man Can Be is a rare album that transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to Exclaim!, Lucky’s new nine-song collection is his most powerful statement to date, with his sonic palette given a wide range of new colours through contributions from some notable Canadian indie rock names, led by producer and pedal steel virtuoso Aaron Goldstein. In many ways, Everywhere A Man Can Be comes as a reaction to the Saskatoon native’s acclaimed previous release, The Ballad Of Losing You, which delved deeply into personal themes. The new album’s material instead finds Lucky looking outward, drawing from people and places he encountered while touring the world over the past several years. That’s best displayed on tracks such as the slow-burning opener “Lost My Way (Now And Then),” as well as “Sell All You Have” and the title track, with their echoes of vintage Gordon Lightfoot. But for all that Lucky shares in common with the great singer/songwriters, both past and current, his style is all his own, and he’s truly captured it for the first time on this record. “It feels very Canadian to me,” is Lucky’s personal take on Everywhere A Man Can Be. “We went into making it without any mindset of how it should be. We just wanted to get some people involved who really knew how to play their instruments and see what we could do together. I’ve never made a record in this way before, and I firmly believe it’s the purest thing I’ve ever done.”

Hannah Shira Naiman "Know The Mountain" CD Release

The Tranzac, Brunswick, Toronto, Ontario

Tickets: $15 adv/20 door www.hannahshiranaiman.com

Opening: TEILHARD FROST (Of Sheesham, Lotus & Sons)

Have a peak: https://bandzoogle.com/albums/210505/2090553986/384793.html

With her new record Know the Mountain, due October 6, Naiman charms the listener with an even more bold, layered, and mature set of tunes.

The record crosses from sweet waltzes about fishes and birds to dark murder ballads and haunting instrumental reels. Naiman intensely studied fiddle -- a new instrument to her -- near the mountains of Virginia and West Virginia between records, and shares the result of her latest inspiration in two original fiddle tunes.

Also contributing to Know The Mountain is guitar and banjo from Arnie Naiman, percussion from Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and bass from Brian Kobayakawa (Creaking Tree String Quartet). Emily Adam (Blackest Crow) joins with harmony vocals. Don Kerr (Ron Sexsmith, Rheostatics) produced the album.

Naiman will release Know the Mountain in October at the Tranzac in Toronto, touring Ontario and Quebec through the fall, and the US midwest and northeast in spring 2017.

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