They dazzled us, from the opening chords to the final a capella harmonies of "Bright Morning Stars," with which they closed the show, with their humor and generosity, ingenuity and humanness as well as their gorgeous vocal unity and instrumental mastery. Not to mention the hats! Listen below to "You Ain't Hurryin' Me," a mantra we could all adopt in these madcap times.
Board member Linda DeMaio writes in this morning:
Sipping my coffee this morning, my thoughts turned to last night, our opening ACT for the season. In my mind's eye, I heard a multitude of voices bridging the gap between the audience and the stage. I saw bodies moving to the rhythms of traditional and new music. I witnessed people murmuring to each other about the musical instruments before them: the worn state of the fretless base, signifying a long and fruitful life, the intriguing "Drumship Enterprise" (certainly not your customary drum kit), and the electric guitar with a hum (Anand Nayak credited the building acoustics for this, making the venue an integral part to the sound). I watched the band win friends and influence people as they carried on meaningful conversations in the lobby and on stage at intermission and after the program: conversations about music, about homemade instruments, about sustainability and making a difference in your community, about the joy of music. I heard the band express appreciation for our engaged and appreciative audience. Wow! What more could we ask for in an Arts Council of Tamworth program! Thank you, Annie, Belle, Dennis, Juno, Sylvia, Geoffrey, Michelle, Hans, Bob, Suzy and everyone else involved in putting this great evening together. Special thanks of course to Roger, who brought Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem to us. Roger, you will always have a hotline to the program committee!
Now we move forward and in the words of Peggy Johnson: "Here is Today, full, and here is Tomorrow empty. Here is Monday. Get up."
After the show, audience members crowded the stage to examine and try out drummer Scott Kessel's "Drumship Enterprise," his mostly-recycled drum kit.
Drummer Scott Kessel with old acquaintance Peggy Johnson, the artist and poet whose work graces the cover of ACT's 2009-2010 program guide:
Photo credits: Lori Lenart and Juno Lamb