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The world was our Oysterband

April 15th, 2010

This past Tuesday, I went with John to see Oysterband play. He’s loved this group for years, while I don’t know much about them (other than their “When I’m up I can’t get down” song that Great Big Sea covered).

For the second time in two years, we drove to Peterborough (three hours each way) to see them play; and for the second time, I was struck by how much these guys seem to genuinely love what they do. This was part of their 30th anniversary tour, so for them to still play with enthusiasm and generosity towards each other — it’s an impressive thing.

John had keenly bought tickets in December, so we were front row centre. Literally. It actually made it tough to take photos or videos, since we could never pan out enough to include the entire band. Pretty rare to complain about being too close! John still caught some great shots…

(Fiddler Ian Telfer had ruptured his achilles tendon at a show awhile back — yowch! The bonus was that he got to wear sweats on stage :)

The finale was an acoustic version of “Put out the lights”. The band came to the edge of the stage and stood right over us. It was a pretty cool few minutes, though I’m sad at how loudly the tonally-challenged voices of the fans who sat next to me came across on the video… eep!

I like when I get to try something I wouldn’t have thought to try on my own. What was especially rewarding about this show was to see that it’s possible to do what you enjoy for many years and yet keep your head on your shoulders, even with much success (these guys are huge across the pond). Hopefully, they’ll play Ottawa next time ’round!

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