Exclaim! - Live Review
Since integrating a Sunday matinee slot into their weekly schedule, the Black Sheep Inn has given sleepy post-weekenders a place to relax, sip a coffee (or pint) and grab a meal while enjoying live music upon the picturesque backdrop of lovely Wakefield, QC.
To kick things off, self-proclaimed "death roots" Ottawa duo, Use Every Part of the Deer, pumped out a performance that did little to induce the crowd, as guitarist Matt McLennan's thinly voiced delivery coupled with fiddler Susan Wiens pedestrian play-along eternally battled the chatty crowd for attention. But it was McLennan's witty banter and some wonderfully crafted anti-roots melodies that positioned Use Every Part of the Deer as a band with the chops to mature into something more than simple background fodder.
Met with a humbling display of fanfare from what seemed like a Black Sheep Inn packed with patrons ranging in age from one to 81, Chris Luedecke glowingly launched into a trio of tracks from his soon-to-be released LP, My Hands Are on Fire and Other Love Songs. Seated and looking glowingly contented, Old Man Luedecke pulled the crowd in closer by delivering charming performances of some of his most fêted material including, "I Quit My Job," "Joy of Cooking" and the currently unreleased "Yodalady." Intercutting humourous and sometimes poignant banter with a set of songs that somehow seem to romanticize life's little pleasures, Luedecke's strong mid-evening performance was rewarded with explosions of applause and cheer.
For an artist that is most often described as a simple "banjo player," Old Man Luedecke demonstrated the breadth of his craft so well that the least interesting thing about him remains to be the fact that he plays the banjo.