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Brian Lynam at Light Club Lamp Shop February 3, 2015   Leave a comment

I had a good time seeing music last Tuesday at Light Club Lamp Shop. It was the first time I had seen music there but was not the first time I ‘d heard Brian Lynam play. Being a Tuesday it was an easy show to get to, so after work I strolled through the deep frozen weather and wandered into the lamp shop. I was amazed that the place was packed, but was not surprised that most of the people were there to hang out, and the music was in the background.

As you walk in there is a long curved bar on the right, curved wooden booths all over the room, and lamps everywhere. I wandered though the fray, found a drink, then moved to the back of the room, where Brian was set up and playing. A group of people to the left, right in front of the keyboard, were having a nice conversation, but a couple of people to my right were there for the show and paid close attention. The first thing that struck me was that he was not amplified at all. The keyboard had speakers built in, but there was no PA and when he sang, it was just his voice. Despite the din, he seemed happy to play, and when he sang, he sang with gusto. He played some of his rock opera, “God’s Lonely Man”, but I arrived a few minutes late (ran as fast as I could after work, but couldn’t quite make his 8pm start), so I think I missed most of it. He played some cool short instrumentals in different keys. He played a couple of Elton John songs (if you want to swap Circle Of Life for Where To Now St. Peter, that would be fine with me). He played a song from Godspell. He also pulled out some “old timey numbers”, songs from the ’20’s and such, that sounded pretty cool. He did a nice version of Don’t Fence Me In, and stuff like that.

Despite it not being the ideal place to see and hear music, I hung out until he wrapped it up at 10, listening as closely as I could. There’s a lot to be said about his deep resonant voice and nice keyboard work. I wasn’t blown away like a full rock band does to me, but ended up having a really nice time. I’m so glad I went.

 

Radio Bean Birthday Party Part 2 with Gua Gua, Johnnie Day, Brian Lynam, Sarah Griffin, The Snaz, and Maryse Smith & Michael Chorney November 8, 2014   Leave a comment

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

Radio Bean picture by Tim Lewis

I just got back from seeing music at Radio Bean. I got out of work early, and took a short nap. It’s going to be a long night, and was a long one last night! I headed back to the Bean just before 4 and Gua Gua were playing some easy to sway to grooves. They are a four-piece with bongos, percussion, bass and acoustic guitar. The guitar was interesting as it was strung like a 6-string version of a 12-string. Two strings close together, a space, two strings close together, a space, and two more. They had a bit of a tropical feel but the guitar, which lead the music along, was always looking for a new path. The song and a half that I caught created a nice space to exist in.

Up next, Johnnie Day Durand took the stage with some backing music and her saw. The first song had an industrial beat and the second had a harpsichord sounding melody. She played the saw over it and made it sing. It was like listening to an opera diva doing an aria, without the vocalization. She bent it this way and that and pulled out some of the most amazing notes you could imagine. I loved every moment and wish she had played more.

Up next Brian Lynam played piano and sang for a bit. Most of the set was music, but his steady voice was great on the few vocals. He said he was playing parts from his opera God’s Only Man (?) and the sound was filled with elegant theme building. From the moment he hit the first note, I knew it was going to be one of those performers who’s music I love instantly. I’ve gotta check out the rest of the piece.

Sarah Griffin followed with a trio of strong songs played on acoustic guitar. Her voice was lovely to listen to and her playing was right on the mark. Her second song was a rousing version of Apeman that had me smiling and singing along. Her other two were pretty good too.

The pace picked up as The Snaz, a four-piece from Brattleboro, took the stage. The guitar/vocals, bass, drums, keys/vocals band played some funky grooves with an indie rock edge. The first song bopped along and had almost punk vocals. The second, Brainwashed Nation, had softer vocals, but some rocking guitar. All four songs they played, including the brand new last one, were really good. As far as I’m concerned, they can come back anytime.

Things took a turn for the gentle as Maryse Smith and Michael Chorney took the stage. The first song was so delicate I had to really focus to hear it. The guitar interplay was subtle and gorgeous. They lit up the room with a killer version of Liar in the second slot and closed with a song who’s title eludes me, but still has me humming I told you once, but I forgot.

After that I ducked out, and took the short walk home. I’m going to head back around 8 and lock in for the night, but definitely needed a bit of a break. My head and heart are very full of music, and there is a lot to come!