For Day 2 of Megaphono I went back to St. Alban's to see a trio of acts who I'd only heard of Fiver, Merganzer and Andy Shauf. As it turns out, two of the major players are not entirely unfamiliar: Fiver is the solo project of One Hundred Dollars from Simone Schmidt, and Merganzer is fronted by Mika Posen of Timber Timbre and Last Ex (who I shot at last year's Megaphono outing). I've always loved One Hundred Dollars' hardnoised country-noir, and Fiver is, if anything, even bleaker. Simone's voice makes me think a bit of Karen Dalton.
Merganzer is also a solo project, but the now Ottawa-based Posen is backed by a trio live. Here's keyboardist Katie Hurdon.
Mika has her hands full.
Pascal Delaquis from Hilotrons keeps the beat.
Scott McCannell handles the low end.
Pascal applies some mallet.
I confess that prior to this show I'd never heard of Andy Shauf (barring a brief notice in the my shows notices for an Elmdale gig back in 2011), but the Regina singer-songwriter seems to be getting quite a lot of attention for his rustic lyricism. He'll be back in the area in just a few days, performing at Gatineau's Salle Jean-Despréz on Feb. 20.
Olivier Fairfield makes his mandatory Megaphono appearance.
And so on!
Another very pleasant night out.