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At home with Snailhouse

February 7th, 2010

Last night, I was among a houseful of lucky folks who were treated to an intimate show with Snailhouse (aka Mike Feuerstack). You could hear a pin drop in the room, which allowed us to enjoy all the subtleties in the music — the quirky lyrics and the little details in the guitar he played.

I’m quite bummed to have missed recording a video of the title track to his upcoming album, ‘Sentimental Gentleman’… I missed a gem! Still, I did manage to catch a few others:

You can hear more Snailhouse here.

Thanks, as always, to the ever-hospitable Amanda and birthday boy Tim for hosting, and also for the delish b-day goodies! Great sounds AND tastes… make for a wonderful and memorable evening.

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An evening with Leif Vollebekk and Al Tuck

January 11th, 2010

Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of attending a house concert at Florence Gardens, hosted by The Acorn’s Rolf Klausener and his housemates. It was a double bill I didn’t want to miss — having heard lots about both artists and yet never having seen either perform before. Pictured above is Rolf introducing Leif Vollebekk, and on the right is Al Tuck being accompanied by fellow host Catriona Sturton. (Apologies for the crazy slow-synchro photo effects and dim videos — the lights were low!)

Leif started us off. His haunting voice and lovely melodies, interspersed with disarming banter, I was wowed and amused. He’s a multi-instramentalist, sings in English and French, and is charming to boot. He seemed completely at ease and happy to share his songs with us, and when the speakers pooped out for a song and a half, he just rolled with the punches without a blink.

Al Tuck was next and was joined by Catriona Sturton on harmonica. Poor Al was under the weather and had a fever, but he was a great sport. Catriona blew me away with her accompaniment and mad mouth harp skills — just the right harmonies, not too much or too little, and sometimes surprising. I was in just the right mood to meander through Al’s songs and quirky lyrics. I’ve heard Joel Plaskett during his shows talk about Al Tuck many a time, and I can see where the influence comes in. I visited the lyrics section of Al Tuck’s site after the show, and his songs read like poetry. I hope I can see him play when he’s feeling well.

My point & shoot obviously doesn’t do a terrific job in low light, but here’s a better lit video taken by wildworks8020 of Leif singing “Don’t Go to Klaksvik” at the same event — thanks for sharing, Lenny!

Altogether, a great night.

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Another helping of Lake of Stew, s’il vous plaît!

March 1st, 2009

Last Friday, I was incredibly fortunate to have attended Amanda & Tim Edwutz’s third ever house concert, featuring Montreal-based Lake of Stew. As early arrivers and bearers of beer, John and I were treated to some superfine cookin’ by band member Richard Rigby, and got to hear the rest of the crew practicing up for what promised to be a feel-good evening.

Local singer/songwriter Eric Vieweg kicked off the show — he charmed and disarmed us with his solo performance and witty banter.

Photo by John Bagnell

Lake of Stew took the stage afterward, filled it to the gills. The six band members who came for the show took turns playing different instruments and taking the lead on vocals — and every one of them looked like they were having a ball. The lucky roomful, in turn, had a ball too.

I’m not usually a hand-clapping-to-the-beat type for live shows, but it was inevitable this night. Hands were clapping, feet were tapping… and loads of grinning all around. They sang about armadillos, walking-on-ice mishaps, and bear bites… All six musicians blew me away, but I was most mesmerized by Julia Narveson’s seemingly effortless playing of the washbasin bass — amazing!

Here is one of the videos I took of them playing a song about Oprah and God:

Sorry for the dimness! The sound’s decent though, and hopefully this gives a good idea of the show we were treated to.

I unfortunately missed recording ‘the 105′ and ‘Water Bill’ (both of which you can hear on their myspace page), worth checking out! Or better yet, catch them live if you ever get the chance — I promise, your feet will be tappin’ too.

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