Our exciting line-up of Concerts & Workshops are booked and ready for reservations! These will fill up fast, so book early. Details for the workshops are just being ironed out and will be posted soon.
- Erin Costelo – March 8 – Vocal Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)
- Stan Carew & John Campbelljohn – March 29 – Concert
- Thom Swift – April 11 – Finger Picking & Slide Guitar Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)
- Lucid (folk/pop band from Isle of Wight) – April 30th
- Pat Patisson Songwriting Workshop – May 3 / 4 – Two full days w/ a fantastic songwriting instructor.
- Brent Mason – May 10 - Writing Workshop (day) & Concert (evening)
More Info Here! Plus: Brandon Davis Miller CD release April 12th
Welcome! This site has information about ROCA House, a concert and workshop venue in East Preston, a beautiful rural setting only ~22 minutes from downtown Halifax and 10 minutes from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. We host award winning artists, creative workshops and other events. Question? Just ask!
Lots of amazing stuff going on in our ROCA world since our last blog! Our recent concert with Ian Sherwood & Coco Love Alcorn was fabulous! Great artists, great songs, great people all round. If you missed this concert, not to worry. We have more great artists coming this way soon.
Here’s a little bit of a NEW intro video to our space here at ROCA House. It is now up on YouTube to replace the OLD poor quality one. Check it out!
In the new year we will be presenting both Workshops and House Concerts right here and we can hardly wait:
- Erin Costelo – workshop & concert March 15th http://www.erincostelo.com
- Thom Swift – concert Aprill 1th www.ThomSwift.ca
- Mr. Pat Pattison, 2 day workshop May 3/4 details and register here: www.PatPattison.com
- and the final details are being worked out now with a couple more folks for workshops and for concerts!
Do you have artists you would like to see? Let us know who they are!
It has been suggested to us that we set up a carpool system so that people from Halifax, or anywhere really, can come out together. What do you think of that idea? We are always looking for ideas to get more people out to see the amazing artists we bring in. Any help would be greatly appreciated. All proceeds go the the artists so they can continue to make the awesome music they do. Suggestions welcome!
November 30th Ian Sherwood / Coco Love Alcorn
That’s right! We have the fabulous Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn coming for a full night here at ROCA House. With armloads of awards, bushels of fans and heaps of popular acclaim in tow, these wonderful entertainers take over our stage in what promises to be a very busy show!
Check out their sites www.IanSherwood.com and www.CocoLoveALcorn.com for more info then Click here to RESERVE A SPOT by making Suggested donation via C.C. or Paypal $20 / $17 SAC/MNS/ECMA/Senior. We also take cash or credit card at door but you have to notify us you are coming so we have enough chairs!!
We are fairly ‘wheelchair accessible! Just come a bit early and park on lower area at end of driveway.
Ivan Boudreau, November 1st
Ivan Boudreau, (click for PDF poster)
We’re excited to be hosting the fabulous singer/songwriter, Ivan Boudreau on November 1st, 2013 here at ROCA House. Doors at 7:15 showtime 8 pm. By suggested donation $16 / $12 for SAC, MNS, ECMA & seniors (see below for donation link)
Ivan was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia and has lived in Boston, Nova Scotia, Toronto, Montreal and now resides in Vancouver. His guitar/banjo/uke driven songs tell great stories and have wonderful melodies. Ivan will play songs from ‘Tusket’ (www.Tusket.ca) and his recent works, some of which you can see and hear at www.IvanBoudreau.com
Campbell + Green will also play and feature some of their original tunes plus join Ivan on some songs for a full trio sound. Add your voices to the night and we’ll have a lot of fun and sound great! (attending ROCA concerts info here). Click here to make Suggested donation via C.C. or Paypal $16 / $12 SAC/MNS/ECMA/Senior. We also take cash or credit card at door but notify us you are coming!
November 30th Ian Sherwood / Coco Love Alcorn
That’s right! We have the fabulous Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn coming for a full night here at ROCA House. Check out their sites for more info. They are both wonderful entertainers and this promises to be a very busy show! Doors @ 7:15, Showtime @ 8.
Click here to make Suggested donation via C.C. or Paypal $20 / $17 SAC/MNS/ECMA/Senior. We also take cash or credit card at door but notify us you are coming!
We are ‘wheelchair accessible!
Thanks to Carl Moore Excavating, we have a spiffy new entrance to our lower area where our concert space is so if you have any issues with access (or just don’t like stairs!) we are good to go now! You can drive down right near the door and you’re in…
The new Entryway!
In this one day workshop, participants will learn techniques for vocal control, mic technique and performance. Each participant is expected to have one verse and chorus of an original tune to work on and deliver at the end of the workshop.
A singer/songwriter herself, Cailin has studied vocals with various coaches over the years and began her singing career at the age of 11 in the local church choir where she performed her first solo number. Since then, she has perfomed in numerous musical theatre shows, country and top 40 bands, as well as having directed and produced musical theatre. Cailin brings a wealth of experience, tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your vocal performance.
Vocal Workshop for Singers & Songwriters
Cailin is presenting a day long Vocal Workshop for Singer/Songwriters on Sunday, Sept. 29th (10 AM until 3 PM) and again in October for the DaPoPo Theatre’s ‘Live In’ 5th annual month long event. She will be covering everything from vocal technique to mic technique and performance. There are a few spots left for the 29th. More info on home page or
message us if you are interested.
Accessibility at ROCA house
Last week, our friend and neighbour hired an excavation company to put in a septic field on his property so and we piggy-backed some time with their big yellow machine to open up access to the back door so vehicles, and persons with disabilities, can visit more easily. This will Continue reading
Recycled 1903 upright grand piano becomes ‘writing nook’
What a magical summer we’ve been having. Warm sunny days with light breezes to keep us comfortable. Happy garden. Happy dogs. Happy people.
After hosting our first Nova Scotia house concert with Shari Ulrich last May, we hopped a plane to BC for our CD release tour, which was fabulous, and since then we’ve been at home working on music, IT, Design, and around the house. Now we are gearing up for our Continue reading
Our very first house concert in Nova Scotia on Monday night with Shari Ulrich, Julia Graff and Ted Littlemore was a great success!
We found enough chairs and had about 40 folks attend – lots of fellow songwriters and music lovers of all sorts!
Shari sang songs both new and old from Continue reading
Our 1st Nova Scotia Concert!!
We are so excited!! This fabulous Singer/Songwriter is returning to ROCA House and is the FIRST concert in our NEW SPACE just a few minutes east of Dartmouth! Shari has a great delivery, superb stories and will share ‘secrets’ of her songwriting process. and she is with two other great performers, her daughter Julia Graff (fiddle/vox) plus Ted Littlemore (keys/vox). Please let folks know! Book a seat via donation link or at end of page. Contact us for more info
Doors @ 7. Show @ 7:30
Link to Shari Ulrich site: http://www.shariulrich.com/
There are likely few Canadians who don’t know the voice of Shari Ulrich. The Juno award winner and BC Entertainment Hall of Fame Inductee has been an unflagging fixture in Canadian music since the early 70’s. She was first heard in the quirky and eternally orange Pied Pumkin playing fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, flute & sax. Her defection to the Hometown Band and a high profile launch to national recognition led to her solo career as a singer songwriter. Her recent release of “Find Our Way” is her 7th solo album, and her 19th including her work with Pied Pumkin, UHF, and her recent collaboration with Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor.
Shari will be performing with her daughter, Julia Graff, an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, on violin, mandolin, guitar, piano, accordion and vocals as well as Julia’s McGill classmate Ted Littlemore on piano, accordion and vocals. Shari recently recorded her upcoming release in Montreal with Julia, now in the masters in music in sound recording program at McGill, engineering and producing.
The trio will be performing songs from throughout Shari’s career as well as songs from the new album. Her shows are always full of warmth, wit, well crafted songs, and the wonderful musicianship of these two generations of fine musicians.