Monday, 8 October 2018

We (heart) Hamilton!

There are so many reasons we love playing in Hamilton. The City overall is scenically nestled between the lake and the escarpment. It has James St, a groovy artist friendly stretch full of cafes, clubs and shops. And just off James on Colbourne is the Artword Artbar, generously hosted by Judith and Ron, a mecca for the arts.

So we were very excited to return to Hamilton last Saturday. We knew ahead of time that the show was sold out so the drive down the QEW was like driving on air!

The evening as usual lived up to all our expectations. The audience was a nice mix of our expanding base of Hamilton regulars and many new folk faces.  We were also pleased that Howard Jerome joined us again. Howard is an actor who lived the folk revival in Greenwich Village in the 60’s. We first bumped into him while postering on King St, one of those fortuitous encounters.

The crowd started off in a listening mode which we appreciated and but was a little unusual for our shows. It didn’t take long though before they weighed in with their voices and the night was off and running. I think it was 'Blowin’ In The Wind' that was the turning point. Three songs received their Hamilton premiers, the New Christy Minstrel’s ‘Today’, Pete Seeger’s ‘Banks Are Made Of Marble’ and Malvina Reynold’s ‘Morningtown Ride’. We’ve really come to appreciate Malvina’s work. Our initial exposure to her was to ‘Little Boxes’ and now we do four of her songs. She was a very versatile writer covering important social causes to kids songs and has been somewhat overlooked historically.

It was a wonderful night and we’re looking forward to our return in the Spring!

Here's the set list for the evening...  
Set 1
Set 2
There's A Meetin' 
Green, Green
Walk Right  In 
Where Have All The Flowers Gone
Turn Turn Turn
Four Strong Winds
Blowing In The Wind 
Banks Are Made Of Marble
There Is A Ship
Lemon Tree
Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
Universal Soldier
A World Of Our Own
When I’m Gone                   
This Land                  
Un Canadien Errant
I Gotta Travel On
If I Had A Hammer
Michael Row Your Boat Ashore
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Puff The Magic Dragon
Morningtown Ride

Our next show is in Toronto on Wed. Oct. 17th at the Free Times Café.