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

May 2022

Date/Time Event
May 20, 2022
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
May 19, 2022
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Stonewater Pub
The Stonewater Pub, Gananoque Ontario
May 15, 2022
12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
May 14, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
RV Canada
RV Canada, Nepean Ontario
May 13, 2022 - May 14, 2022
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The Mill Tavern - Manotick
The Mill Tavern, Manotick Ontario
May 11, 2022
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
May 07, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Vibration Studios - Kitchen Party / Neil Young Tribute
Vibration Studios, Osgoode Ontario
May 06, 2022
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
O'Brien's Roadhouse
O’Brien’s Roadhouse, Ottawa Ontario
May 05, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bay Cafe
The Bay Cafe, Woodlawn Ontario

Apr 2022

Date/Time Event
Apr 30, 2022
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Royal Oak - Blair @ Pineview
Royal Oak – Blair at Pineview, Ottawa Ontario
Apr 29, 2022
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Southside Tap and Grill
Southside Tap and Grill, Ottawa Ontario
Apr 27, 2022
8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Redbird Live - Ukulele Jam
Redbird Live, Ottawa Ontario
Apr 27, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Apr 24, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
Apr 22, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Private event
Private venue, Ottawa
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