Bio

“You know the Blues; it makes me feel alright,” sing the rich and smooth tenor vocals of Ottawa-based Spencer Scharf.

His versatile Folk and Blues sound can be heard on a variety of musical instruments: 6-string, 8-string and 12-string guitars, a resonator, cigar box, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, piano/keyboards and hard driving harmonica.

Spencer’s ability to read the crowd gets him invited back to many venues and private events, as he chooses melodic and intricate instrumentals, belting Blues, or anything in between. His combination of technical skill and onstage charisma has led to him being called “an absolute genius” by AJ Sauvé, RBC Bluesfest’s Director of Media Relations.

While the Folk and Blues multi-instrumentalist has more than 400 cover songs in his repertoire, it was his 3rd album, I Can’t Hide (2014), that began Spencer’s road as a songwriter. He followed that with his 2017 album Times of Change:

“Spencer’s songwriting is evocative, his singing is filled with emotion, his arrangements and instrumentation serve the songs well, his originality and artistry shines through…I hear the bittersweet heartache of the deepest blues when he sings about his grandparent’s home; I hear the train a comin’ when he sings of ghosts; and 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

Spencer has had numerous solo gigs at high profile Canadian festivals RBC Bluesfest and Ottawa’s CityFolk (FolkFest). He regularly performs at a variety of events and venues, including festivals pubs, community and private events, house concerts, farmer’s markets, art shows, and children’s events. He’s the organist for the Carleton University Ravens Men’s hockey team, and has been featured on CTV Morning Live, Rogers Daytime TV, CBC, CKCU & Canoe FM radio.

“One of the most gifted…musicians in Ottawa is Spencer Scharf. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who dabbles in blues, folk, folk-rock and indie-rock. He’s also a rarity – a finger-plucker on the guitar…let Scharf teach you a lesson on fine music.” – Ben Yung, The Revue.

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

Jul 2019

Date/Time Event
Jul 13, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barrhaven Log Farm Farmer's Market
The Log Farm, Nepean Ontario
Jul 12, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
One Up Room @ Royal Oak Beechwood - Neil Young Tribute
Royal Oak Beechwood, Ottawa Ontario
Jul 12, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Café 349 - Shawville
Café 349, Shawville QC
Jul 09, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Summer Camp Ukulele Concert
Private venue, Ottawa
Jul 07, 2019
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Bridges Bar & Grill - Pakenham
Bridges Bar & Grill – Pakenham, Pakenham Ontario
Jul 07, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Spitfire Cafe
Spitfire Cafe, Brockville Ontario
Jul 06, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The 2 Grands - Gabriel vs Sting
The 2 Grands, Arnprior Ontario
Jul 06, 2019
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Grace O'Malley's - Neil Young Tribute
Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Ottawa Ontario
Jul 06, 2019
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Arts in the Park
Paul Landry Park, Ottawa Ontario
Jul 06, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Metcalfe Farmer's Market
Metcalfe Fairgrounds / Metcalfe Agricultural Society, Metcalfe Ontario
Jul 05, 2019 - Jul 06, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Mill Tavern - Manotick
The Mill Tavern, Manotick Ontario
Jul 03, 2019
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wilderness Tours - Rafter's Restaurant & Lounge
Wilderness Tours, Forester Falls Ontario
Jul 01, 2019
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Canada Day Bash in Greely!
Greely Community Center, Greely Ontario

Jun 2019

Date/Time Event
Jun 29, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Barrhaven Log Farm Farmer's Market
The Log Farm, Nepean Ontario
Jun 28, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Newboro
The Newboro, Ottawa Ontario
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