Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Out and down

It was a lovely night to be out and about in Ottawa, and a good night to take in Zaphod's free showcase with a trio of local bands doing their part for the O-Town Hoedown. As I walked in the door Use Every Part of the Deer were just wrapping up their set.

I don't know if they broke out the "stink organ" they used the last time I saw them live in May 2008, as I only caught one-and-a-half folky numbers by the duo of Matt McLennan and Susanna Wiens.

Use Every Part of the Deer at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Use Every Part of the Deer, Zaphod Beeblebrox, September 21, 2009

The Dusty Drifters played a knockout set of bluegrass to a whooping crowd. Lots of excellent solo work from the sextet. It really was a sharp performance, and all miked acoustic instruments.

Dusty Drifters at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Dusty Drifters, Zaphod Beeblebrox, September 21, 2009

Train Jumpers finished things off. They played a cover of The Highwaymen's Devil's Right Hand. "The message is guns are bad and so is drinking before you play," said frontman Chris. I don't think the original featured the lyrics "Something, something, something."

Train Jumpers at Zaphod Beeblebrox
Train Jumpers, Zaphod Beeblebrox, September 21, 2009

A swell evening, and there's much more hoedown action to come, with Prescott and Jehan Khoorshed performing at Irene's tonight.

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