Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recording: Eamon McGrath

Artist: Eamon McGrath

Songs: Bitter Ends + The River [Nomeansno cover]

Recorded at Christie Pits Park ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival"), September 21, 2014.

Eamon McGrath - Bitter Ends

Eamon McGrath - The River

Once again, the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival stayed true to its roots as a low-key and local celebration. By enfolding itself into the contours of Christie Pits, BOFF still feels casual and approachable, even with some heavy hitters in its lineup. As so often happens at outdoor events, weather forced organizers to make some adjustments on the fly, but even having to move the headliners into the beer tent served to reinforce the intimate vibes. There's room to grow, but overall the organizers are getting things right.

Eamon McGrath (a longtime ally of the Saving Gigi axis that's behind BOFF) was away on tour during last year's festival, but he made up for lost time this year by showing up on stage in no fewer than three sets on Sunday. For his own mainstage outing, he played in a duo format with drummer Kris Bowering, mostly working through some of the newer byways of his growing songbook. He also closed with a nod to some Canadian punk icons, from an album recorded when they were also a duo.

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