Typically I don’t get to see many shows unless I travel south. So when my good friend Nom sends me a message about an art gallery (The Bohemian Gallery in Bracebridge) she is affiliated with is hosting musicians now for small intimate gigs then I jump at the chance. Nom and I share many music likes (and dislikes) and she fits in with the groove that Betty Beat and I dance too. I trusted that she wouldn’t take me to some off-the-wall artsy fartsy gig, and she didn’t. Tammy at The Bohemian Gallery is a sweetheart and makes a mean cup o’ Joe, I will return.
The gig consisted of two young folk musicians. Two cute Canadian boys from British Columbia, travelling across the country playing their tunes for anyone that will really listen, well I really listened. I love their vibe, I loved their gumption to just travel and play anywhere.
First up – My Boy Rascal – Nom gave me a bit a background as she had youtubed to get a feel for what we were getting into that night. She was bang on – he did have a Ben Harper vibe. He played an eight song ‘unplugged’ set and I was a fan right at the first tune “OK”. Nom and I had been chatting and prior to the show about cover songs, about the new show Cover Me Canada and about Betty’s previous blog post about covers and over-played music at her job. We were talking Alannah Myles and Black Velvet. My Boy Rascal softly says after he played three original songs ‘this is a cover of a Canadian Classic, I think you will know it’. I leaned to Nom and said ‘Black Velvet’ before one note was even played. I nearly spit coffee across the gallery when I heard “Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell’. Seriously, I must be musically psychic. I loved it, even if I couldn’t look at Nom as she was red-faced and on the verge of tears. It was a funny moment for us, but in an art gallery immersed in the mellow vibe of an amazing musician we had to contain it, we did and all was good.
Next up – Folk Thief – The first note in gave me the chill, the chill of nostalgia and he is clearly influenced by the country folk twang of Johnny Cash. As I’ve blogged before, JC is a huge reminder of my Grandpa Smith, and I always appreciate the memory. I didn’t just love Folk Thief’s tunes – the nine song set was completely original music, but his interaction with his intimate audience (and vibrant wee babe) was charming and entertaining. The shoe stompin’ on the guitar case, the squeal of the strings all added to the great set.
The final was a song where both My Boy Rascal and Folk Thief played together and it was a great close to the evening.
I’m a fan, and I will follow these boys virtual as the finish out their tour. Look them up and give them a listen.
My Boy Rascal – http://music.myboyrascal.com/
Folk Thief – http://folkthief.com/home.cfm
And keeping in the ‘if you post/tweet it, I will listen’ theme of things, I found My Boy Rascal had posted a youtube video of ‘Black Velvet’