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

Mar 2024

Date/Time Event
Mar 18, 2024
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Private event - St Patty's Day
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 17, 2024
4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Keystorm Pub - St. Patty's Day!
The Keystorm Pub, Brockville Ontario
Mar 17, 2024
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lockmaster's Taphouse - St. Patty's Day!
Lockmaster’s Taphouse, Smiths Falls Ontario
Mar 16, 2024
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Westport Brewing Company
Westport Brewing Company, Westport Ontario
Mar 15, 2024
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Private event - St Patty's Day
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 14, 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Councillor George Darouze's Irish Tea
Metcalfe Town Hall, Metcalfe Ontario
Mar 10, 2024
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Mar 09, 2024
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lost Villages Brewery - Open Mic Night
Lost Villages Brewery – Long Sault, Long Sault Ontario
Mar 09, 2024
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Lost Villages Brewery
Lost Villages Brewery – Long Sault, Long Sault Ontario
Mar 09, 2024
4:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Chateau Lafayette - Lucky Ron Show
Chateau Lafayette, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 08, 2024
9:00 pm - 11:59 pm
Wild Wing - Hog's Back
Wild Wing – Hog’s Back, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 07, 2024
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Big Ben Ski Centre
Big Ben Ski Centre, Cornwall Ontario
Mar 03, 2024
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hunter's Public House
Hunter’s Public House, Ottawa Ontario
Mar 01, 2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Broadway Bar & Grill - Rockland
Broadway Bar & Grill – Rockland, Rockland Ontario

Feb 2024

Date/Time Event
Feb 29, 2024
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Stonewater Pub
The Stonewater Pub, Gananoque Ontario
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