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Fundy Folk returns to the Evergreen with Dave Carmichael and Melissa Trottier

Fundy Folk returned to the Evergreen Theatre at the end of July hosted by Dave Carmichael.Dave Carmichael at the Evergreen TheatreDave Carmichael at the Evergreen

(View Gallery) Those who knew Fundy Folk of old and were in attendance on that night were able to bask in the nostalgia of a fondly-remembered era. To start the night off just right we had local talented singer-songwriter Rick MacNab who claims the distinction of performing the first ever open mic at the original Fundy Folk. He immediately got the audience singing along and his fans – old and new – were delighted with this lively spot.

The next performer was myself, which makes it difficult to write a comment. Melissa Trottier who was part of the featured performance this evening has kindly sent her thoughts on this which I am now quoting – thanks Melissa! :

Ellie Kennard added a delightful literary aspect to the evening’s artistic variety. Her first piece was a poem entitled “Tout Compris”, which chronicled a train journey through France, her once home for several years. This touching and profound memoir surely instilled borrowed feelings of nostalgia for a place that many audience members have never been. Her second piece, named “Does Your Chicken Have a Pépie?”, was a light and humourous short story about an odd poultry infection, taking place again in France, on a farm. It contrasted beautifully with the more sombre tones of the initial poem, and left the crowd chuckling.

Rick Macnab at the Evergreen TheatreRick MacNab – open mic at the Evergreen

Eric Young is active in the music scene in Truro and entertained us all with some of his own compositions, accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica.

The next spot was a very popular performance by Ukulele Mike. This talented musician delighted everyone with his spirited renditions of many ukulele tunes, some familiar and some new to us.

Kate Adams and Cathy Arsenault are well-loved performers from the old Fundy Folk days and their spot was highly anticipated. The opening song, Beautiful Storm, is one of my personal favourites and their lovely harmonies were perfect for the mood of the piece. It was great to have you back performing at the Evergreen, Kate and Cathy!

The Evergreen Theatre, as it has evolved out of Fundy Folk, has a reputation for attracting acts of a very high calibre, and our hosts, the featured performers of the evening, Dave Carmichael and Melissa Trottier were an excellent example of this quality. Dave’s association with Fundy Folk dates from its earliest days and since then he has gone on to become a well-respected singer-songwriter with two critically acclaimed albums and several East Coast Music Award and Music Industry Association of Nova Scotia Music Award nominations. His latest CD, Spirit Dance, (the track ‘Smile’ from this CD is featured on the photo gallery of the evening) was nominated for the 2006 Canadian Folk Music Awards for New/Emerging artist of the year.

Dave and Melissa’s performance was packed full of emotion, smooth and tight in their harmonies. Their song “Beautifully Simple” was deeply moving with clean and gentle harmonies that articulated emotions many find hard to admit, but we can all relate to. I really liked a song by Melissa, titled “Going, Going, Gone”, as well as a cover they did of Rufus Wainright’s “My Phone’s on Vibrate for You”. Another piece that was beautifully sung by Melissa was her “Are you Sending Me Away?”

This performance really brought the evening to a perfect finale. Thanks so much for bringing your music to the Evergreen Theatre, Dave and Melissa.

Go to performance photo gallery.

Ellie

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