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Snailhouse

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:

Olympic Symphonium

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:

Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse

And the Snailhouse drummer…

Snailhouse

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The Acorn

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.

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