Saturday, March 10, 2018

Recording: Willie Thrasher

Artist: Willie Thrasher

Songs: Blue Blue Sea + Thank You

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (Megaphono Roadshow), February 5, 2018.

Willie Thrasher - Blue Blue Sea

Willie Thrasher - Thank You

This showcase-style evening at Burdock was assembled by Ottawa's Megaphono festival, bringing some of their acts out for a quick roadtrip in the lead-up to the festival weekend. Headlining the night was Nanaimo's Willie Thrasher and Linda Saddleback, stars of last summer's Native North America Gathering (and its informal street-corner encore). Seated behind his kickdrum, banging out tunes on his 12-string (and, quite excellently, clad in a sk8-style THRASHER t-shirt) Thrasher radiated positive vibes, even if the pair were tired from a delayed flight on their eastbound trip. With skills honed from many years as a busker, Thrasher could stretch out songs, toss in asides, and send shout-outs to the audience effortlessly, focusing on songs from his Asumatak album — plus throwing in this brand new one heard here.

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