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Nov 22, 2012  |  Vote 0    0

Songs for a Winter’s Night kicks off the holiday season

Ottawa East News

It’s not the typical Christmas concert but Rothwell and Moffatt’s upcoming Songs for a Winter’s Night performance is sure to put people in the holiday spirit.

“It’s not Christmas carols by any means,” said vocalist Stephanie Rothwell, one third of the Kanata-based folk-rock band. “But we have a winter theme…It’s a wonderful evening of entertainment.”

Now in its third year, Songs for a Winter’s Night will be held at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

“This show is a great way to kick off the holiday season,” said Jeff Moffatt, a Beaverbrook resident. “You’re going to be entertained.”

Last year’s concert was a sold-out event, drawing a crowd of around 200 people.

“It’s sort of taken on a life of its own,” said Moffatt. “We channel a lot of our focus…on this show.”

This year’s family-friendly event will feature a dramatic and theatrical feel with more audience participation, said Moffatt, who is a vocalist and guitarist.

“You will get a lot of variety,” he said, adding the band will showcase some new material.

Holding the concert on the NAC’s low-key Fourth Stage also allows a more intimate feel, he said, adding the band had the opportunity to grow the event this year but wanted to keep it small.

“We didn’t want to spoil the specialness of the event,” said Moffatt. “We wanted to keep it unique.”

The musical group, which also includes Stephanie’s sister Emily Rothwell on vocals, has been working together for 15 years.

“We’re all driven by the music,” said Stephanie, who lives in Village Green. “We have a love of music.”

Rothwell and Moffatt, which will release the new track River this month, also includes drummer Steph McAlear, guitarist Fred Guignon and bassist Mike Liepe.

“We have a band that is very capable,” said Moffatt. “You’re guaranteed to be entertained. They’re very talented players.”

Opening the evening will be Scottish-Canadian singer and songwriter Bobby Watt, who was also a special guest at last year’s concert.

“He’s got an amazing baritone voice,” said Moffatt.

“And he got rave reviews,” said Stephanie. “He’s very different from what we do.”

Tickets for Songs for a Winter’s Night can be purchased online at, through Ticketmaster or in person at the NAC box office. For more information on Rothwell and Moffatt, visit or like them on Facebook.

“We’re always looking for new friends and fans,” said Moffatt.

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