Friday, November 28, 2014
Canadian Folk Music Week 2014, Thursday Night Showcase of CFMA Nominees
An album of shots from a night of radiant culture and communion at the Bronson Center in Ottawa last night.
Photos by Leonard Poole:
Chris Ronald, a Vancouver school-teacher with a set of engaging songs weaving personal and topical insights into an engaging dialogue with the listener's emotions.
Kacy And Clayton: artistry and intensity dedicated to a sparse but magically empathetic clarity. A holyghost gal singer and a bare-fingered Piedmont Blues guitarist that go clear back in time to a pre-Joni era. Her voice becomes attenuated into bold and carefree lyricism over the muscular knuckles of Clayton's strategic rhythmic pathways.
Romain Malagnoux , astonishing Kaleme n’goni, flûte Peule, and tamani virtuoso Salif Lasso Sanou, eight-string bassist (!) Marc Fournier, a stellar singer /dancer /dynamo named Tapa Diarra and percussionist Donald Dogbo captured everyone's inner African with Malian grooves and gyrations.
Buffy and Larry warmed hearts with their kitchen country music and back-home hospitality.
Perennial favourite James Keelaghan and his monster bass accompanist Hugh MacMillan gave a final touch of lamplighter anthems and good humour to a fantastic and well-curated evening of the best that Canada has to offer.
The throb intensifies tonight again as we rise toward tomorrow's Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala.