Friday, September 16, 2016

Recording: Misha Bower

Artist: Misha Bower

Songs: Starless Nights + Wrecking Ball [Neil Young cover, via Emmylou Harris]

Recorded at Church of St. Andrew by-the-lake, August 28, 2016.

Misha Bower - Starless Nights

Misha Bower with Matt Cully and Will Kidman - Wrecking Ball

A trip out to the Island to see a gig in the Church of St. Andrew by-the-lake is always a treat, and this Sunday afternoon offered three sets where the performers kept overlapping in various ways. Misha Bower, Matt Cully and Will Kidman (with occasional contributions from Martha Farquhar-McDonnell, who'd had her own show in St. Andrew a couple months back) each provided some new offerings from their own songbooks as well as coming together for a trio of set-ending covers. The air in the church was warm and still on a hot day, and Misha Bower had kicked off her shoes to present some new tunes. She was mostly backed by Will Kidman on guitar (though Matt Cully played on one) and both came up to harmonize on a lovely run through "Wrecking Ball" which followed Emmylou Harris' arrangement and spirit. [Do note this show was performed without microphones, so the sound of my recording is a bit raw — if you listen closely, you can hear the whir of the overhead fan, and occasionally the drone of the cicadas outside.]

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