Above: Watch some of Ventrella’s live performance of his new album.
OSGOODE — The North Dundas arts community came together on a recent Saturday night in Osgoode to celebrate the release of Rick Ventrella’s debut CD, “Chapter 6.” The Chesterville resident and partner Sandra McNeill led a performance of all nine tracks that might be described as an amalgam of folk, pop and roots rock.
Among those assisting with musical accompaniment were Dave Tettmar (drums) and Laura Greenberg (bass guitar). They’re the proprietors behind Railroad Recording Company, a newly established recording studio in Chesterville that produced Ventrella’s album, which features nine songs with music and lyrics written by the local singer, musician and actor — not to mention snowplow operator with the Township of North Dundas. All intensely personal in nature, one of the tunes came to Ventrella while behind the wheel of a cement truck, his previous vocation. A couple of others were the result of his participation in recent writing competitions organized by the ‘A Bunch of People‘ arts group. Many friends associated with that organization came out for the album launch party.