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Wolfeboro, NH, Courtesy Of “Hot Club Of Cowtown” Reverberated To Austin Country Swing, On Friday, August 14, 2015.

Ronan Tynan, week before.

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The irrepressible Elana James.

Charismatic Whit Smith.

The prodigal, “you can do THAT with a Bass”, Jake Irwin.

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The tour manager for the last 12 years, Eva, ears perked, eyes closed, listening for any duff notes.




Last week with Ronan Tynan the catchwords were ‘soaring’ and strident. This week, with the “Stalwarts of Country Swing“, it was all sizzling strings, breathless vocals and lots of passion and fervor. Elana’s violin, played as a fiddle with mesmerizing vigor tempered with virtuosity, took you places you would not imagine that such a small and delicate instrument would be capable of going. The big (and we later found out to our delight and amazement, totally ‘collapsible’) bass, on the other hand, was lovingly whipped — and that is the only way to describe it — on occasion to produce a ‘thump’ that you had to experience to appreciate. It was quite the performance. Wasn’t so much a wall of sound, but waves upon waves, non-stop and intertwined, of notes all, despite what sometimes was meant to come across as frantic strumming, very pleasing to the ear and compelling to the heart. They, having been doing it for 18 years, really do know what they are doing, what works and what the audience wants. Talent like that leaves me, one with no talents at all, in utter awe, often, last night, with my mouth agape. It was, yet again, an honor and rare privilege to be there. And what nice people. Salt of the earth from Austin, TX.

As is my wont (being the closet introvert that I am) I ‘work the crowd‘ and ‘press the flesh‘. So I got to learn some about the audience. During the first half I sat behind two identical looking brothers (though not twins), accountants both, from Norway (yes, like next door to Sweden (rather than in Maine)), who were seeing ‘Cowtown’ for the 4th night in a row! I was impressed with that. Then in the second half Elana told all of us that it was the Norwegian brothers’ 74th, yes, you heard that correct, 74th, time seeing ‘Cowtown’ perform. The group had (and I am not sure whether I would really call it ‘kindly’) given them one of their T-shirts each when they attended their 60th concert. Reminded me of all those T-shirt jokes. “We went to 60 of their concerts and all they gave us was this lousy T-shirt.” Well, Elana did promise that they would get something else when they came to the 75th concert. But, DAMN! Last night was the last concert of what had been a 3-week tour. No more concerts till October. So the two brothers will have to wait awhile to make it 75. Kind of humbled me, which, in reality isn’t that hard to do. I used to be an unashamed “Steeleye Span” and “Lindisfarne” groupie. But, at most, I might have seen them, each, maybe 20 times, possibly a bit more. Definitely not 50 times and 74 blows my mind. I have seen the ‘Phantom’ around 7 times and I keep on joking that my goal is to see it at least 17 times — that number, somehow, stuck in my mind as how many time Princess Diana saw the show. BUT, 74? Just think of that. And they come over from Norway. 74.

But, they were NOT alone — though I didn’t meet anybody else who even came close to 74, let alone 47. There was a couple who had seen them the night before in Boothbay, Maine and came across to New Hampshire to see them again. So twice in two nights. I met two ‘older’ (meaning that they were older than I) couples, both ex-Mass., who had seen the group, in Mass. many years ago, 15 years ago in the case of one couple and 18 years for the other — and that had been in Somerville. They actually asked for a show of hands of those that had seen them before. Of the around 180 present about 40% had seen them before. That is quite the following and I can now understand and appreciate.

I was impressed. I was entertained. And I can honestly say that I was well and truly sated and it takes something special to sate me.





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Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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Related posts:
>> Glenn Miller Orchestra.
>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
.

>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).