Ball & Chain and The Wreckers


  • Jody Benjamin - guitar and vocals
  • Michael Ball - fiddle, mandolin and vocals
  • Fred Guignion - lead guitar
  • Bob Bangs - drums and vocals
  • Derek Jeffrey - bass

Sunday July 3rd 2:00 pm @ OLG Stage


Ball and Chain & The Wreckers are an Ottawa based band with Michael Ball and Jody Benjamin as the shackles holding this group together.

Michael and Jody have been making frequent trips to Louisiana since 1997 and the music from Southwest Louisiana and its cultural context continues to fascinate them.

They play a mixture of original and cover tunes leaning towards the earlier country that still sounded like country. Some of their favorites are Hank Williams, George Jones, Roger Miller and Webb Pierce.

COVID Policy

The Ottawa Jazz Festival will align its Covid policy with any government safety regulations whether from civic, provincial, or federal authorities as they arise. At the moment (May 29th), there are no advisories mandating precautions for wearing masks or showing vaccination certificates for any festivals or indoor/outdoor performing arts events.

However, it is our practise to ask patrons, staff, and volunteers to wear masks while attending performances at indoor venues and wearing masks while outdoors in the Park is optional.

In addition, we will be going cashless at all our points of sale this year.

Our concern is everyone’s health and safety, naturally. Please do what’s best for you and makes you feel comfortable, except for masks indoors, you are free to do as you choose.

Catherine O’Grady

Executive Producer

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