The Band

Dirty Little Secret is an Ottawa based band whose secret is getting out! DLS has been delighting audiences in venues across the region with their blues influenced rock stylings and a hefty sound that continues to bring people back for more.

Influenced by Vintage Trouble, Gary Clark Jr., Turkauz, Royal Deluxe, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Macy Gray, Stevie Wonder, Alabama Shakes, Charles Bradley, Beth Hart, Amy Whinehouse, Welsh Arms, The Delta Saints, Parliament Funkadelic, Led Zeppelin, Big Sugar, Black Keys, Gov't Mule, Black Dub and so many others, DLS brings their own unique energy and makes every song their own.

Dirty Little Secret is comprised of enthusiastic and experienced musicians who are well rehearsed and dedicated to entertaining the audience through music as well as performance.

Dirty Little Secret is:

Karen "Slow Jam" Newman – Vocals

Karen Newman is a versatile dynamic singer with a sultry and passionate punch to her style, drawing influence from singers such as Etta James, Eva Cassidy, Beth Hart, Sass Jordan, and so many more.

Singing since the age of 3, Karen grew up joining every choir, talent show and play she possibly could. Wanting formal training but never having the means until in her 20’s when she took classical vocal training… Karen began to sing at weddings and at parties with the accompaniment of her husband.

Although Karen has joined as lead vocals for DLS and is in her element with the genre type, she continues to work with a vocal coach, always striving to develop new dynamics and technique.

Her favourite place is singing up front and centre for Dirty Little Secret

Ian "Grampa Fingers" Dumanski – Guitar

Through his 30 years playing guitar Ian has acquired a number of musical milestones. He has collaborated on writing and producing a CD, had his music played on the airways, opened for an upcoming Canadian music star and performed at numerous music festivals. Ian was born in Edmonton, Alberta but calls Ottawa, Ontario home.

While not formerly trained he has formed his musical roots deeply in the blues and rock genres by studying the playing styles, and music, of his greatest influences. He is able to express himself through his instrument which is reflected in his expressive, passionate and creative playing style, transcending his many musical influences. He brings a high level of energy to the music and stage which allows him to indulge audiences of all types.

Martin "Watch Me Now" St-Hilaire – Keys

What can be said about Martin that hasn't already been said?  Not much.

Paddy "Cakes" Cooney – Bass

Hailing from Westboro (before it was cool), Pat has been pounding the stages of Ottawa since the tender young age of 16. Originally a sax player, Pat has done everything from busking in The Market to playing the mainstage of Bluesfest. Though he's been playing bass since high school, he made the switch to being a full time bassist back in the early 2000s and has never looked back. Rooted in the grooves of Stax, Motown, and New Orleans, Pat keeps it in the pocket.

Always happy to share some bit of useless music trivia, Pat loves to talk music as much as he loves to play it. In fact, it's probably safe to say that Pat just likes to talk.

Peter "Chowdah" Daigle – Drums

What can we can say about Peter that hasn't already been said? The answer is, absolutely nothing.


July 15, 2015 Lynch Mob opening act
"But first, credit to the supporting local bands who allowed for Mister Scary's music to be the master of the evening. Starting with local female-fronted blues rockers DIRTY LITTLE SECRET whose set I ashamedly missed most of likely due to babysitting. The last few minutes of their show I caught was stellar enough to merit a proper review considering that they filled in at the last minute for another local band. Their songs were mostly comprised of 6-minute ethereal jam sessions backed up with some fine sultry singing courtesy of frontwoman "Wailin" Sharon Williamson who channeled her inner Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin in between the dulcet bluesy tones of guitarist Ian "Mr. Fingers" Dumanski. A blues band would usually be the least-anticipated choice of opener for this sort of live show but the Bourbon Room's welcoming atmosphere of pretty much all contemporary and modern rock music made the local quintet feel right at home. And sometimes it's the type of talent that for many can be a bit of a lost art in keeping."- See more at: