I had been looking forward to Pat LePoidevin performing at the Streaming Cafe for some time now. It isn’t very often that I listen to an artist’s album and have to stop what I am doing, take a step back and say “WOW”!
Pat’s new album “Moon Wolves” has a strong animal theme in which he draws from his childhood, having been raised in rural BC and his love for children’s story books. His uniques subject matter and original sounding voice, mixed with a large presence of baritone ukulele invited me into his music from the first song. This strong presence carries through this entire album. I strongly suggest you getting it, you won’t be disappointed!
Much like his album, his live performance did not let me down. His genuine personality come across strong, as did his raw talent! I expect to see great things from Pat in the future.
Enjoy “Rocket Boy”, a song about his childhood time he spent with his father, shooting off toy rockets into the sky.
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Catherine MacLellan and The Olympic Symphonium performed an amazing show to a packed audience at the Streaming Cafe this last Saturday. The two week tour took these two acts to the west coast, had been an idea of theirs for some time and we were privileged to be part of it!
The Olympic Symphonium’s multi-instrumental abilities and precise harmonies reminded me of why I love Canadian music so much. They have a honest, rustic/roots sound that seems to connect to the next generation of folk lovers. The concept for this band was a quiet escape from their accustomed high-energy rock/pop projects – to focus more on the subtle, gentler side of music – a concept definitely achieved!
CBC radio staple Catherine MacLellan, gave us an intimate solo performance as well as being backed by her travel mates OS that added a cool new dynamic. Catherine’s live performance felt approachable and drew me in from her first note. She has a keen ability to communicate her song ideas through sweet melodies reminiscent of Emmy Lou Harris. Now having seen her live I fully understand why she was awarded “Solo Artist of the Year” at the “2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards”.
Check out a couple songs from the night below…
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It’s always a pleasant surprise when an artist’s live performance exceeds their already great studio recordings. This was definitely the case for me with Miss Emily Brown, who played to a full audience at Streaming Cafe this last Saturday. Her new album “In Technicolor” was written based on her grandmother’s World War II diary and this marrying of song and storytelling came through strong.
I’ve posted a song below, “The Diary Of Amy”, one of my favorites from the night.
Until next time,