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SYD GREEN drums, JAMES HASELWOOD (bass), CHARMAINE FORD (keys),
RACHEL THOMPSON (violin/viola), CHARLOTTE ROBERTS (cello) and JOSEPH CALDERAZZO (guitars)
SPECIAL GUEST VOCALS:
Steve Balbi (Noiseworks), Spencer Jones, Evelyn Duprai, Sam Knock, Nicky Kurta, Elliott Weston (Welter), and special guest appearance by Jeff Duff
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"They were the days of miracles and wonder, of tales told by troubadours, and lyrics that have endured throughout the years."
STORYLINES - Interpretations of the great story telling songs by Dylan, Springsteen, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot and many more.
The lil WOCC Rock Chick assisted me on this Gig and while her knowledge of the older music is unusual for one so young I was a little curious as to the songs she may know - I needn't have worried - she was just fine.
Storylines was not a rock show such as the Great GiG In the Sky - Pink Floyd Homage but wow - what a night.
While the songs were ones we knew they were the singers interpretation of the song and I must say one in particular that I have felt always needed a little more conducive emotion was My Name is Luca by Suzanne Vega. Evelyn Duprai's version of this was performed as per the lyrics - denial, sadness, emotion.
It was the best performance of this song I have ever heard. Evelyn's rendition had it all, the emotive inflection in the vocals and the body. It had feeling.
Singing a song that lives indelibly in my heart was JEFF DUFF (Kush) with MR BOJANGLES. Jeff Duff did this song so well and the dancing that went with it was not too bad either. Not disappointing at all.
Another song that made me realise that a different rendition can place a whole new slant to it was Message In a Bottle (The Police) again by Evelyn Duprai. It reminded me that the songs lyrics tell the tale of not being alone in the search for love. It was poignant and again well performed.
As soon as Elliot mentioned Gordon Light foot I was hoping it would be the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and didn't he do it so well!!!
Knowing this was Storylines and Bob Dylan's name was mentioned I imagined Hurricane was a certainty. It was rendered with such passion that you felt the ire of the injustice of the whole deal all over again.
Nicky Kurta's voice was wonderful. I hadn't heard her before and the choice of songs she sang were so campatible with her style- especially her version of Me and Bobby McGee, gutsy!
There were so many performances that need to be noted; how much time do you have?
STEVE BALBI (Noiseworks) -
Bruce Springsteen's THE RIVER
The Band Cover, The Weight (Put the Load Right On Me) (JR Robertson).
* 50 Ways To Leave your Lover, Paul Simon
* Fire and Rain, James Taylor
* The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
* (By The Time We Got To) Woodstock, Joni Mitchell
* Ode To Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry
* Angie Baby, Helen Reddy
* Bobby McGee, Janis Joplin
* Hurricane, Bob Dylan
* Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits Cover (The Killers)
* Born To Run, Springsteen
All in all the interpretations of these classic songs were sung this night, some very close to the original and others so far away that you had to think for a minute what the song was.
On these occasions disappointment was not an option; it was more that the rendition gave way to (what one would think was) the true meaning of the lyrics or a variant of the meaning. It really was fascination and truly entertaining.
I missed the last few songs sadly but will look forward to hearing, what I know will be the rave reviews from others fortunate enough to stay.
I can imagine this concept of Concert could go on for a very long time. If you tried to remember all the classic 'troubadour' tales
you could, then think of the amount of truly talented performers in this country and how you, yourself sometimes think a song is supposed to be sung then the possibilities are endless.
While I always pay attention to the lyrics in a song this night really did make me have a look from outside my conceptual square and from here on in I will read and listen with a more open and objective mind.
Thanks to Martin for the invite Joseph for his wonderful direction and once again putting on such a magnificent show.
I would also like to say thank you to the staff at the LAYCOCK STRRET THETRE. They were all so pleasant and helpful.
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