I’m still not sure how it happened but this band was definitely robbed. They were nominated for the 2009 Juno Album of the Year award and they lost. I refuse to say the name of the winning band. They will never be mentioned here.
The Lost Fingers are a fantastic trio from Quebec who are definitely fanatics of Django Reinhardt. Their album “Lost in the 80’s” is packed with the best in cheese all rearranged into their Django influenced style. Tonight’s live performance was a balance of their 80’s reinterpretations with some acoustic and French tunes which were definitely favourites in the largely bilingual audience.
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this. I love their 80’s tunes but I didn’t know if they would be able to pull off such energy and skill in a live performance. Thankfully I was not disappointed. These three are extremely talented; the speed, accuracy, and rhythm was astounding!
I had my camera and really wanted some photos… I was in the front row at centre stage so I had the perfect view but sadly no photography was permitted in the theatre. Maybe next time they’ll play in a camera friendly environment! After their reception in the city tonight I have no doubts that they will return… of course that will have to be after their up coming European tour of France, Switzerland, Spain, and the Canary Islands… perhaps they have room for a roadie?
Bashing away on my keyboard at work… another day another dollar, right? Thankfully today was different; today I found The Lost Fingers!
Sitting at my desk, headphones on, grinning ear-to-ear with both feet moving! Take some classic 80’s tunes (Pump up the Jam, Straight Up, and Part Time Lover to name a few!) and imagine them revisioned as spanish/jazz guitar masterpieces!
The Lost Fingers are Alex Morrisette (backing vocals & double bass), Christian Roberge (lead vocals & guitar), and Byron Mikaloff (backing vocals & guitar). These three talented musicians are based in Quebec and have been touring all over la belle province. I hope you’ll check them out if they’re in your area and I hope they come to Ottawa/Gatineau soon!
The band has been nominated for the 2009 Juno Awards Album of the Year and the Fan Choice Award! Be sure to vote for them and pick up their album from their website or from iTunes!
Friday night we bundled up in our warmest winter gear, hopped in the car, and headed out to Wakefield, Quebec. We were heading to the Black Sheep Inn which would be host to The Olympic Symphonium and Snailhouse for the evening.
The Olympic Symphonium of Frederickton, New Brunswick started off the evening and they were a pleasant surprise. I have never listened to them before and they were melodic and soothing. Definitely some similarities to Great Lake Swimmers. With the exception of the drummer their was an active game of musical chairs going on. The upright bass, electric, and acoustic guitars as well as the lead singer duties were shared between band members. Two of the whom joined Mike Feuerstack on stage to complete Snailhouse.
Mike Feuerstack is Snailhouse. He has played with a large number of musicians over the years and it certainly seems to work for him. He played a great set at the Black Sheep with a handful of older tunes and quite a few off his latest album “Lies on the Prize” (on iTunes & Zunior!).
I managed to get a couple of photos & videos of the night.
The Olympic Symponium:
Snailhouse opened with a quiet and haunting song called Mahogany:
One of my favourites off of “Lies on the Prize” is Tone Deaf Birds:
Check out the lovely Hagstrom guitar:
And the Snailhouse drummer…
The Acorn is not a band. The word “band” doesn’t do them justice. The Acorn is a collective of incredibly talented musicians.
Their music is full to the brim with melodic harmonies as well as percussive and flowing rhythms. Their music accomplishes something impressive… it both soothes and energizes. It has an organic feel, as though it is pushing its way up through the moist dark earth at the height of spring hoping to join the crocuses while they ring in the season of renewal.
I hope that doesn’t sound like a pretentious pile of crap. I wrote those words while listening to the song Crooked Legs off of their most recent album Glory Hope Mountain. There is definitely something about The Acorn, something fresh and alive in their sound and in their presence.
If you didn’t have the chance to see them in their element at The Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec this past weekend be sure to hunt them down in your hometown. I’m sure they’ll pop up sooner or later… it is spring after all!
You can check out some reviews here or here.