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An intimate evening with Blue Rodeo (and Kitties)

November 7th, 2009

Ever been somewhere and realized, all of a sudden, “Wow… I’m one lucky schmuck to be here!” That’s what hit me a few times on Wednesday while at The Black Sheep Inn. Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor are touring as a duo to  promote Blue Rodeo’s upcoming album (“The Things We Left Behind”, due out November 10th), and they chose just five intimate venues to test out their new tunes. I’ve seen these guys play on a few different occasions in past years, but always with a sea of people between me and the stage and with them looking like little specks; to watch them play at the Black Sheep with a relatively small group was an absolute treat. Amanda did some intros and I went with her to take photos for CBC, above.

Kathleen Edwards opened, with her usual spunk and humour. Here is “Smile” — in tribute to her last show before she gets her braces removed.

Then Jim and Greg took the stage, and were accompanied by Anne Lindsay (violin), Julian Armour (cello) and Julie Fader (flute and vocals), as well as Kathleen. The adoration in the packed room was palpable. This show sold out in 10 minutes, and the woman beside me had flown in from Winnipeg to be there. Here’s a sampling of the evening…

“One Light Left in Heaven” — a new one:

“Hasn’t Hit Me Yet” — with huge audience participation:

“Lost Together”:

[Apologies for the unsteadiness and occasional funky cropping... I was filming these on my point-n-shoot with my left hand while taking photos on my SLR with my right hand.]

As if this weren’t enough for one evening, we also met Black Sheep owner Paul’s recent adoptee — a tabby cat and her six 2-week-old kittens:

A memorable evening, all in all.

The concert will be airing on CBC sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll post here if I find out any details.

Post-script #1: Have you weighed in about your Candy Buffet must-haves??

Post-script #2 (for Ottawa-heads on facebook): I’m giving away two tickets to the Sens vs. Rangers game on November 14th. I’ll be drawing a winner on Monday, November 9th at 9 a.m. EST. Click here for details & to enter.

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Dan Mangan’s debut at the Sheep: Nice, Nice, Very Nice

October 18th, 2009

So my posts about Dan Mangan are getting numerous, I realize… but if you were at Wakefield’s Black Sheep Inn for last night’s show, you’d understand why I needed to post this too.

Will Currie & the Country French kicked things off — and they were among the most fun and engaging opening bands I’ve ever seen:

The crowd was already in good spirits when Dan and his crew took the stage. This was the first time I’d seen Dan with a band, and the variety of instruments (violin, banjo, stand-up bass, keyboard, trumpet…) were a treat. It’s obvious that all the performers genuinely like each other — it showed in how they each added their sound and interacted.

An added treat was Justin Rutledge’s surprise visit to the stage:

I posted a video of Dan playing ‘Robots’ a few months ago from the BC Scene show at the First Baptist Church… but I couldn’t resist posting this terrific rendition too, which includes a very thoughtful thanks to the CBC’s Amanda Putz as an intro:

For the final song of Dan’s encore, Will Currie & the Country French and Justin Rutledge joined in too, a swell conclusion to Mr. Mangan’s first-ever gig at the Sheep…

I’ve mentioned before that Dan is more mindful than most about the phrasing of his songs; I tell you, it was pretty awe-inspiring when he’d have a pause mid-tune… and you could absolutely hear a pin drop in the Inn. It’s so exciting to see someone who’s this nice and this talented get recognized (woohoo Verge FM’s ‘Artist of the Year’ 2009!) and appreciated. More and more good to come, to be sure.

As a selfish woohoo postcript, I don’t think I’ve yet shared this shot of Dan sporting See how they run — taken the night he did a house concert last year at Amanda and Tim’s:

Something tells me this is a face you’ll see again. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to hear the voice that goes with it too.

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Plaskett and Folkfest and ankles, oh my

August 24th, 2009

I had every intention of checking out much of Sunday at the Ottawa Folk Festival this year, having already missed out on Friday and Saturday (with acts like Amy Millan and Kinnie Starr among others…) due to prior engagements. Then I turned my dang ankle in an ultimate frisbee game on Sunday afternoon, and wimped out on the idea of standing in a crowd for hours on end.

The couple of hours I did catch were worth the ensuing throbbing foot — the highlight for me was, as my friends will guess, Joel Plaskett (whom I’ve posted about before). A few of the many videos I caught:

Rewind Rewind Rewind

Natural Disaster

Nothing More to Say to You

There were masses of people in lawn chairs who had been settled in the crowd all day… and from what I could tell, I think Joel won over many a new fan. He and his Dad were in fine form, despite being teemed by mosquitos throughout the show. Too bad some of the more eager Plaskett fans who wanted to dance were asked by security staff to sit; this might be a sign for the fest to have a standing/dancing area in future.

Wonderful hosting by dear friend Amanda Putz and new cookie buddy Tom Power:

As I hobbled off the festival grounds, I lamented missing out on Mr. Something Something at the Dance Tent, but was pleasantly impressed by the sounds of Jason Lang.

Hopefully, the Ottawa Folk Festival will have just as impressive a line-up next year… and I’ll be able to catch a lot more of it!

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