Bio

“You know the Blues, it makes me feel alright,” sings Ottawa-based folk rock and blues multi-instrumentalist Spencer Scharf.

“A fantastic musician with a great repertoire of songs…usually travelling with about a dozen different instruments, he never fails to put on a show.” – Aerik Clinton Watson, Renfrew Concert in the Park

The one-man band has done hundreds of solo shows, captivating audiences with expressive fingerstyle guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard, harmonica and smooth tenor vocals. Inspired by the powerful guitar tones of Neil Young and Leo Kottke, his genre-crossing style also has the upbeat optimism of bluegrass picking and driven celtic strumming.

AJ Sauvé, RBC Bluesfest’s Director of Media Relations called him “an absolute genius” and he’s been invited time and again to Ottawa Bluesfest and CityFolk festivals.

Always a force on his instruments, it was his 3rd album, I Can’t Hide (2014), that began Spencer’s road as a songwriter. Working with Juno award winner Lynn Miles, he followed that with his 2017 album Times of Change:

“Spencer’s songwriting is evocative, his singing is filled with emotion…his originality and artistry shines through…I hear how big his heart is and how deep his groove is when he sings about ‘playing songs on refuse people can reuse.’” – Adrian Matte, Ottawa-based musician & educator

His latest release, 2020’s The Other Side, is a reflection of the unusual times we’re in, with its emotional highs, lows, and optimism for the future. His music is featured regularly on FM radio stations CKCU, CANOE, Valley Heritage, and Amherst Island.

Spencer also gives lessons on all the instruments he plays & vocals in the Ottawa area – including 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, dobro (slide guitar), 8 string baritone guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitalele, piano / keyboard & harmonica.

To book Spencer for gigs, private events, house concerts or lessons, or send him a message, email him at spencer@spencerscharf.com, or visit the Contact Page

Past Events

Apr 2021

Date/Time Event
Apr 01, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Waterfront Gastropub
Waterfront Gastropub, Carleton Place Ontario

Mar 2021

Date/Time Event
Mar 31, 2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
What's Up Wednesday with Bon Evans
Amherst Island Radio 92.1 FM, Stella Ontario
Mar 28, 2021
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rocky Mountain House
Rocky Mountain House Restaurant, Renfrew Ontario
Mar 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Vibration Studios - Virtual
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
Mar 27, 2021
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Keystorm Pub - Brockville
The Keystorm Pub, Brockville Ontario
Mar 27, 2021
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
1000 Islands RV Centre
1000 Islands RV Centre, Ganonoque Ontario
Mar 26, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buster's Bar & Grill
Buster’s Bar & Grill, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 25, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Waterfront Gastropub
Waterfront Gastropub, Carleton Place Ontario
Mar 22, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Private virtual event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 21, 2021
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rocky Mountain House
Rocky Mountain House Restaurant, Renfrew Ontario
Mar 20, 2021
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gan Brewing Company
Gan Brewing Company, Gananoque Ontario
Mar 19, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
O'Brien's Roadhouse
O’Brien’s Roadhouse, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 19, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Private virtual event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 18, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Waterfront Gastropub
Waterfront Gastropub, Carleton Place Ontario
Mar 17, 2021
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buster's Bar & Grill - St. Patty's Day
Buster’s Bar & Grill, Ottawa Ontario
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