“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, or visit the Contact Page

Past Events

Nov 2021

Date/Time Event
Nov 05, 2021
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Concert for Kids Fundraiser
Fiddleheads Bar and Grill, Perth Ontario

Oct 2021

Date/Time Event
Oct 31, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Vibration Studios Coffehouse Sunday
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
Oct 30, 2021
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Lockmaster's Taphouse - Halloween Bash
Lockmaster’s Taphouse, Smiths Falls Ontario
Oct 30, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Buster's Bar & Grill
Buster’s Bar & Grill, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 29, 2021
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Royal Oak - Orleans
Royal Oak – Orleans, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 28, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Overtime Sports Bar - Neil Young Open Mic Night
Overtime Sports Bar, Kingston Ontario
Oct 25, 2021
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Cove Country Inn & Spa
The Cove Country Inn, Westport Ontario
Oct 24, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Spearhead Brewing Company
Spearhead Brewing Company, Kingston Ontario
Oct 23, 2021
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Ottawa Blues for Youth Fundraiser - Irene's Pub
Irene’s Pub, Ottawa Ontario
Oct 23, 2021
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Arnprior Fall Fest
The Gallery Gift Shop, Arnprior Ontario
Oct 23, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Arnprior Fall Fest
The Gallery Gift Shop, Arnprior Ontario
Oct 22, 2021
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Locks at Perth
The Locks at Perth, Perth Ontario
Oct 18, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Amherst Island Radio - CJAI 92.1 FM - with Dave Wreggit
Amherst Island Radio 92.1 FM, Stella Ontario
Oct 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gan Brewing Company
Gan Brewing Company, Gananoque Ontario
Oct 16, 2021
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
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