House Concerts and Private Events

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Songwriting Workshops

Keys to Creativity Songwriting Workshop

A one- to two-hour workshop for songwriters of all levels laying out Rob's approach to songwriting with numerous tips and tricks to getting the best out of your writing time, and with an engaging participatory songwriting activity that truly opens the door to creativity. 

Blues Songwriting Workshop for Youth

The Workshop: With a brief, fun and informative introduction to the fascinating history of the blues as well as a interactive songwriting exercise and performance afterwards, Rob Lutes’ Blues Songwriting Workshop is an enjoyable, inspiring participatory activity where students learn about the blues and collectively write a song in the blues tradition.

Length: 45 minutes to one hour, with possibility of extended songwriting workshops for students with a special interest in music.

Bio: Rob Lutes is an internationally acclaimed songwriter and performer who tours Canada, the US and Europe. As well as giving workshops in many schools across Canada, Rob has taught in the Festival Blues-sur-Seine’s (France) internationally recognized blues education program as well as the Ottawa Bluesfest’s Blues in Schools program.

“For 90 minutes our students were totally engaged in the presentation. To learn of the origins of the Blues as well as experience the principles of song-writing was a great opportunity. It is not everyday that students get to meet, learn from, and play with such a talented musician. This is the type of enrichment activity that any school would benefit from. Students are already asking, ‘Are they coming back next year?’ We can only hope so.”

Don Walker
Counselor, St Stephen High School

“In our blues education efforts, we have had the finest Blues in the Schools educators from the U.S. Fruteland Jackson, Guy Davis, Keith Brown and Michael Hawkeye Herman are those first-class specialists who, during the years of our festival, have made musical presentations and lectures at our schools.
Our experience at the latest edition of our festival in November was that Rob Lutes is one of those top specialists. He has an excellent way of relating with the kids. In his one-hour presentation, he succeeded in getting the kids involved in creating a song, from finding the subject, deciding between ideas, finding the words and finally interpreting the brand new song with them. He showed great know-how on how to relate with the students and excite their creativity.”

Jean Guillermo,Vice président, Festival Blues sur Seine, Mantes la Jolie, France
Cell (33) 6 61 41 97 03

"I think Rob does a great job of laying down the history of the blues by tracing its roots back to the American south - through slavery and its origins in West Africa. Informative and engaging for students of all ages - with a stimulating exercise in songwriting!"
Don Barclay, Community Learning Centre Coordinator, Gaspé, Quebec