Sunday, May 28, 2006

No Island is a man

Actually, Islands are all guys - at least at the moment. Last time I saw any of this lot was at Zaphod's when Niel Diamonds and J'aime Tambour played as two-thirds of The Unicorns. They were joined on their album, Return to the Sea by Patrice Agbokou on bass and Jim Guthrie on guitar (though I gather this may have been his last show with the band, given Diamond's onstage comment that he didn't know when they'd be playing together again), but the sundry other players have been substituted on stage by the recently added bass clarinetist Patrick Gregoire as well as Sebastian and Alex Chow (who come from Ottawa - their parents were at the show).

Niel (or Nick) Diamonds.

Patrice on the five-string bass.

J'aime Tambour ... like The Dymaxions he hails from Guelph, so I'm wondering (quite irrelevantly) if the connection helped get them on the bill.

Sebastien shakes it.

And sings along with brother Alex.

Patrick Gregoire takes a turn on the keys - good thing too, because there was no way I was getting pictures of the other side of the stage. Incidentally, he has a duo of his own, Sister Suvi, which will be performing at End Hits June 24.

And last but not least a very tight telephoto shot of the soon to depart(?) Jim Guthrie.

Clapping action. Flash + plus long stage + white shirts = crap photo, but oh well.

Island action!

Who is this mystery man ... could it be ... J'aime Tambour?!?

Well yes, it could be. Babylon gets a might sweaty when it's crowded.

Singalong action!

Niel had some fun in the crowd.

Hi there.

Feedback finale!

Although I once again preferred the opening acts to the headliners, this time it was very, very close - their indie-rock mashup is much improved from their Unicorn days.

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