It is not uncommon for songwriters to reach their creative peak during their younger years, but that is definitely not the case with Mary Gauthier. A self-described late bloomer, she started writing songs at the age of thirty-five and has been blooming, so to speak, ever since.
Last night's show at McCabe's once again highlighted her incredible songwriting as well as her ability to deliver her compositions in an understated, yet highly effective manner. Indeed, Mary speaks and sings gently, yet manages to hold her audience captive from the minute she takes the stage until the lights go back on. Quite often, she covers topics that are both heart-warming and thought-provoking, as best exemplified by the songs of her Grammy-nominated most-recent album, "Rifles & Rosary Beads". Prefaced by spoken introductions, Marry sang for us five songs from that outstanding album and each of them were very well received by the crowd. The ones I liked the best were "Stronger Together" and "Iraq".
|Mary Gauthier at McCabe's|
Mary came out with two outstanding musicians whose contribution to the success of the evening cannot be overstated. Jaimee Harris, an outstanding singer in her own right, provided backup vocals, played the guitar and delighted the crowd with her lead vocal performance on "Red Rescue", a song she wrote herself.
Hailing from Italy, Michele Gazich played the violin, viola and piano with great skill. He could have ruined the evening for me with an excessively screechy and whiny violin, but instead, he produced sounds that were rich and warm. I also loved his body language and - by the way - his first name is pronounced Mee-Keh-Leh, with emphasis on the second syllable.
I Try Not To Think About Time
Our Lady Of The Shooting Stars
Thank God For You
Last Of The Hobo Kings
The War After The War
Bullet Holes In The Sky
Red Rescue (Lead vocal: Jaimee Harris)
This Land Is Your Land (Encore)
|Mary Gauthier at McCabe's, with Michele Gazich and Jaimee Harris|
|Mary Gauthier & Jaimee Harris at McCabe's|
|Mary Gauthier & Michele Gazich at McCabe's|
|Michele Gazich at McCabe's|
|The end of the show|
|The final bow|
|Mary, Jaimee & Michele at the merch table|
|The merch table|