The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #106501 Message #2229200
Posted By: bobad
05-Jan-08 - 02:30 PM
Thread Name: Bruce Murdoch podcast
Subject: RE: Bruce Murdoch podcast
It was a marvellous evening all around, Bruce was in fine form and had the audience eating out of his hand. He sang a number of new songs and mixed in a couple of his earlier ones; Can I Come Across To You and Let's Lay Down Our Drums, along with a beautiful rendition of the traditional Wild Mountain Thyme and closed with a moving version of Dino Valenti's 60's anthem to peace and love, Let's Get Together, that had the audience singing along and brought tears to my wife's eyes. Noah Zacharin started the concert splendidly with a few of his own tunes and accompanied Bruce very nicely in his first set. Ron Bankley displayed his magnificent virtuosity on guitar as he accompanied the second set and showcased his talents as a writer/singer/arranger by performing Bruce's song Morning Papers which he reworked into a bluesy, Tom Waits-ian style.
Bruce's story telling and banter combined with that particular Murdochian sense of humour had the audience enthralled all evening and almost reverential while he was singing culminating with a well deserved standing ovation. There was a palpable air of anticipation and sense of homecoming as many in the audience hadn't seen him perform for over 35 years.
A number of us including Beer (Adrien), Bob Ryszkiewicz, Ron Bankley and others enjoyed a pre-concert repast replete with tapas and paella and conviviality which, combined with the fine entertainment, made for a magical, memorable, Montreal soirée.