Let me send a big “Cheers!” out to everyone that came out and braved the first snow storm of the year last night! The slippery roads were extremely hazardous, but that didn’t keep the out of town performers from coming down to Liverpool and the music fans from coming out and filling their boots with some of the best music the east coast has to offer. Now, that is some damn good Nova Scotia dedication.
The Astor Theatre was roughly three quarters full last night of cold, wet patrons in to see the Songwriters’ Circle performance, which considering the weather conditions was a good turn out. The shuttle service was backed up from the White Point Beach Resort, where a lot of the performers, media and music lovers were staying, but those of us who were at the theatre enjoyed a very cozy, intimate performance by some of the east coast’s most talented singers/songwriters.
This was my first songwriters circle experience, and I must say I was blown away! I have never been brought to full tears by a singer like I was by Meaghan Smith. She sang the most touching and beautiful song called, “I Know”, which she wrote about her grandfather who she says, “I love you” to but he can’t seem to use those same words to say it back. Instead, he talks to her about trucks and engines and the like. But she knows what he really feels. It was absolutely sweet and beautiful. Lennie Gallant accompanied her on the harmonica and I tried to be discrete in hiding my tears, but it was no use. I caught eyes with Lennie up on the stage who I think was able to see the tears streaming down my face. Thank you, Meaghan, for such a lovely song.
Brad Davidge’s voice really hit me as well. The guitar riff he played to “Falling Apart at The Seams” reminded me of a Dave Matthews-esque sort of sound, but Brad’s voice is a lot rougher than Dave’s. I look forward to his solo album.
David Myles was such a crowd pleaser! It’s no question why he won the International Songwriting Competition last year. His songs were humorous and extraordinary. He successfully taught the theatre crowd the chorus to his song, "When it Comes My Turn" and pulled off a full on sing-a-long.
All the other performers; Tom Swift, Catherine MacLellan, Rose Cousins and of course Lennie Gallant were amazing as well. The two hour long show flew by and was met with a standing ovation at the end. I can’t wait to hear more from all of these artists.