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Ball and chain


Ball And Chain And the wreckers


Based in Ottawa Ontario, Ball and Chain has been performing as a duo for over 20yrs. With The Wreckers we are a 5 piece band that has been playing festivals and clubs locally and across the continent for 15yrs or more... it's hard to remember. We can keep you dancing till closing time and when you're done we'll wrap you up in Vintage Country Comfort and then set you up with a soundtrack for while you're countin' sheep.


Vocals, Guitar / Jody Benjamin

Fiddle, Vocals, Mandolin / Michael Ball

Lead Guitar, Lap Steel / Fred Guignion
Drums, Vocals / Robert Bangs
Bass / Done Evans



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Ball And Chain Live


June 30 - Kaffe 1870 Wakefield, QC.

w/ The Wreckers

9PM - $10


Monday, September 17th

The 15th Annual Hank Williams' Birthday Bash

Irene's Pub 885 Bank St.Ottawa, ON.

w/ The Wreckers - Featuring guest singers plus,

Al Bragg-Pedal Steele

Andrew Cowan Lead Guitar

8PM - $10


Sunday, November 18th

CD release for the Vanier Playboys CD

Irene’s Pub 885 Bank St. Ottawa, Ontario

Matinee show! Sunday afternoon is the new Friday night!

3 PM to 7 PM

$10 at the door


Sunday, December 9th

Ball and Chain duo

Book release of A History of the Ottawa Folk Festival

Vimy Brewing, 1-145 Loretta Ave. N, Ottawa

Matinee show!

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

$5 at the door (free with purchase of the book)


Saturday, January 19th

Ball and Chain duo

With Mable Begs

Kaffé 1870, 715 Ch. Riverside, Wakefield, QC

(819) 459 3943

9 PM start

Saturday, February 9th

Old Country Classics with/

The Old Show Offs (Michael and Jody with Russell Levia)

The Montgomery Legion

330 Kent St., Ottawa, ON
2 PM to 6 PM
no cover

Sunday, February 10

Ball and Chain duo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St., Ottawa ON

613 232 6232

3 PM to 6 PM

no cover

Sunday, March 3rd

Mardi Gras Party!

Ball & Chain and The Wreckers


The Vanier Playboys

3 PM to 6:30 PM

$10 at the door

Sunday, March 10th

Ball and Chain duo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St., Ottawa ON

613 232 6232

3 PM to 6 PM

no cover

Sunday, April 14th

Ball and Chain duo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St., Ottawa, ON

613 232 6232

3 PM to 6 PM

no cover


The Vanier playboys

The Vanier Playboys are a new band formed from Ball & Chain and The Wreckers. It’s the same members with the addition of Antoine LaRocques on accordion to make a rockin’ Zydeco band. This is a dance band! Zydeco is music from Southwest Louisiana with accordion as the lead instrument and dancing as the main objective. It’s lots of fun so bring your dancin’ shoes!


News & Updates

January 12, 2019

We’re on for Mardi Gras at Irene’s again this year! Don’t miss the chance to see both bands on Sunday, March 3rd from 3 to 6 PM. Ball & Chain and The Wreckers will be doing a set of Cajun music, then The Vanier Playboys will do a set of Zydeco! Sunday is the new Friday night!! Bring your dancin’ shoes and all your friends. See you there!


Michael and Jody



by Ball & Chain And The Wreckers