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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 / Derek Jeffrey



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Ball And Chain Live


Monday, July 8th

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

Pressed Café, 750 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa ON

613 680 9294

7:30 PM

$10 at the door

Saturday, July 20th

The Vanier Playboys (Zydeco)

Kaffé 1870, 715 Chemin Riverside, Wakefield QC

819 459 3943

9 PM start

Pay what you can.

Thursday, July 25th

Ball & Chain and The Wreckers

Watson’s Mill concert series

5525 Dickinson St., Manotick ON

Tickets $30, call 613 692 6455 or email

Saturday, September 14th

Ball and Chain duo

Beechwood Market

43 St. Cecile, Optimist Park, Vanier

9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Tuesday, September 17th

16th Annual Hank Williams Birthday Bash

Featuring Ball & Chain and The Wreckers

Plus many special guests

Doors open 7:30 PM show 8:00 PM

Rideau Curling Club, 715 Cooper St. (at Percy)

Tickets $15 at the door

Saturday, September 28th

Ball and Chain duo

Wakefield Market

10 AM to 1 PM

Sunday, October 6th

Ball and Chain duuo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St. (at 4th Ave.)

3 PM to 6 PM

no cover

Saturday, October 12th

Ball & Chain and The Wreckers

Irene’s Pub

885 Bank St.

$10 at the door

Sunday, November 3rd

Ball and Chain duo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St (at 4th Ave)

3 PM to 6 PM

no cover

Sunday, December 1st

Ball and Chain duo

The Wild Oat Bakery

819 Bank St. (at 4th Ave.)

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