Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Recording: CCMC

Artist: CCMC

Song: [excerpt from first piece]

Recorded at The Great Hall (Long Winter 4.5 – Night 2), March 19, 2016.

CCMC - [excerpt from first piece]

You can't fault Long Winter for being ambitious and for wanting to close out the season by cramming in as much music and art into the Great Hall as possible, but their plan to close the year out with a two-night stand didn't entirely pay off. Giving patrons the choice of two nights (and holding them at the end of Spring Break) seemed to especially cut into the younger crowd and both nights (especially Friday) lacked that "about to burst" feeling that makes LW unique. But even if the crowd was at less than maximum strength, there was no certainly no lack of music spread throughout the building.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary as a vital cultural institution, The Music Gallery was invited to present a handful of acts at this final outing of the season — a gesture that made even more sense to anyone who knew that the Great Hall's basement was the Music Gallery's home from 1984 to 1991. CCMC played there nearly every Tuesday in those years, so they were a natural pick to play LW — and hopefully their clamour reached a few new ears in the process. Their adventurousness could serve as a beacon to anyone hearing that clomping piano, wailing saxophone, screaming harmonica — and then a voice breaking through: "I DON'T KNOW WHY IT WENT THE WAY IT DID, IT WASN'T THE WAY IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO."

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