On to the "turf" part of the Surf & Turf festival. In addition to The Sir John A. Macdonalds, who really seem to be contradicting the whole "only play one show" thing with ever-increasing frequency, there were two out-of-towners: The hard-rocking Lord Almightys from Toronto and New Hampshire ruffians The Connection. Here's Macdonalds' guitarman Chris.
Dotty action with Patrick Shanks!
Rhythm section action with Liam and Chris!
The Lord Almightys are a tough-sounding crew (their stuff sounded much more melodic and jangly on tape) and made a great first impression. Most of this outfit come from Nova Scotia. Here's singer Myles and bassist Gerry.
Carla Gillis (of Plumtree fame) sings!
Rhythm section action!
And finally, some hair-tossing action!
The Connection made me think of The Undertones and other high-energy pop combos with a 1960s rock fixation. They've been lauded by Steven Van Zandt and Andrew Loog Oldham and have a good line in vocal harmonies as well. Here's mainman Brad Marino and guitarist Geoff Palmer.
Rhythm section action with drummer Rock Orcutt and bassist Bobby Davis!
More guitar with Brad and Geoff!
Singalong action with keyboardist Kris Rodgers!