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23 April 2006 @ 09:23 pm
I love them boys from Newfoundland!

Last night, Great Big Sea performed to a sold-out house at New York City's Town Hall. I was hoping that they might perform a song or two from 'A Mighty Wind', but alas, no.

Not that the show was in any wise disappointing. One of the best things about seeing GBS perform live is that they are all clearly having such a good time. That they're all kick-ass musicians and vocalists and their harmonies are love? That's bonus. The worst part of the evening (other than the pseudo-Canadians who were really asshats from Teeterboro) was the tight seating arrangement/no space to dance.

There was no opening act this time round. They started playing spot-on at 8 p.m. The first set was all traditional Newfoundland tunes. It was beyond amusing to watch them all picking up different instruments; most of them play at least three. Bob Hallet (now with long, flowing hair) plays thirty eight. Or something very like. Sean's (also long-haired; what up with that?) 'Mermaid' dance was priceless. He and Alan (still long haired; maybe the others are trying to catch up) cracking each other up mid-song was, as ever, delightful to behold.

After a brief intermission/mass quest for libations was the Rock Star set. Full drum kit, electric guitars, an unexpected eighties' medley singalong... oh, yeah. Lots of audience participation (we don't call them the Laziest Band in Canada for nothing!), lots of silliness, lots of rockin' music. They came back out for an encore, and then again after that for a final song. Fro the latter, they stepped to the very front of the stage, in front of their microphones, and bade the audience be quiet. It took some doing with an NYC crowd (especially one with drunken asshat pseudo-Canadians), but at last people quieted. Then, unmiked, in the gorgeous acoustics of Town Hall, they sang 'Old Brown's Daughter.' Five male voices + beautiful tight harmonies = &hearts &hearts &hearts &hearts &hearts

After, had the great good luck to meet up, albeit briefly, with crimsontom and his lovely fiancee, theatre4me and her handsome husband, chevalier776 and his girlfriend, and a few other NYRF folks. Then it was off through the rain and the chill to find our weary way home.

p.s. be not surprised should you hear of the exploits of a new superheroic duo, Hoodie and The Red Shirt!

p.p.s. be not surprised, in hearing of these exploits, if it very quickly becomes the sole story of Hoodie! I knew I was taking my life into my hands by choosing that damned red GBS jersey.
Julietfair_juliet on April 24th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)

p.s. be not surprised should you hear of the exploits of a new superheroic duo, Hoodie and The Red Shirt! </blockquote>

And one day they will settle down and start a family, which will spawn the birth of RED HOOD!

(don't hit me, IT WAS RIGHT THERE!! *cowers*)

Jobs, baby, Jobs!: Jaynepicoland on April 29th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
my name is Capt. Kidding...
we sang "Summer of 69" at the show...they're addicted to watching old Live Aid shows I think...

btw did you cath them on the "woodsongs old time radio hour?"

- and my lurvely bride is on the website! they accepted the pic I took!