Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Norm Hacking's Lost Songs Warm a Frosty Free Times Night

At the Free Times Wednesday night (and again at WINTERFOLK, February 21, 1-3 pm
(Family Day holiday) Terri O's Sports Bar 185 Danforth Avenue (south side, east of Broadview) no cover) Mikel Miller from Whitehorse and Kevin Bell put on a splendid musical and anecdotal recollection of some of the unrecorded and lesser-known works of poetic Toronto guitar-basher Norm Hacking ( R.I.P.) Calling to mind the naked emotional explorations, and the sardonic social commentary of the man, the duo re-framed some dusty road songs with Mikel's gruff delivery and Kevin's shimmering Strat work, without calling upon the obvious repertoire or sentimentality that such an evening might have provoked. Marianne Girard took the stage for a couple of well placed ballads, and the musical anti-freeze left everyone with warm memories and a revived sense of the importance of folk music's regenerative communal processes.

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