Last Saturday there were a couple of potential shows I could have gone to, but only one that really demanded my attendance: The memorial for Mark Valcour at the Dominion Tavern. Mark was the soundman for countless Dom shows that I attended since well before I got the blog up and running, and his students and colleagues will testify to his efforts at Algonquin, Carleton and CKCU. For the occasion Steve Fai of Black Boot Trio, Lonesome Paul and The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol paid tribute.
Here's Lonesome Paul; I'm embarrassed to say this is the first time I've seen the local legend in action.
And here are his Valley Ramblers, starting with bassman James Stevens (not Ian Cook as I said in an earlier version of the post).
Michael Ball, also of Ball & Chain (of course).
Dave Bignell on telecaster.
And so on, with Peter Von Althen on drums. Been a while since I've caught him with Trevor Alguire or the Jupiter Ray Project.
Next up, Steve Fai, who I almost didn't recognize with puffy hair.
He started with a Rev. Gary Davis tune.
Steve's other side.
On to The Band Whose Name Is A Symbol, starting with a few heartfelt comments from John Westhaver on Mark Valcour's considerable legacy.
And now to increase the volume!
Guitar action with Dave and Bill!
More volume with Nate and Miche, who is now hanging out officially.
Even more guitar!
A well-deserved tribute to a guy who was a huge contributor to music and radio in the city.