June 30, 2017

Concert #804 - The Barefoot Movement at McCabe's Guitar Shop (June 24, 2017)

The Barefoot Movement deserve a lot better than just a few bullet items in lieu of a more extensive write-up, but right now bullet items is all I have time for.
  • The band's line-up: Noah Wall (vocals, fiddle, banjo), Tommy Norris (mandolin, vocals), Alex Conerly (guitar, vocals) and Katie Blomarz (upright bass, vocals).
  •  This was my first encounter with the band and I truly hope that our paths will intersect again in the future.
  • The Barefoot Movement are an exceptionally likeable band - Saturday night they delighted me with two generous sets that amounted to almost two hours of music.
  • I enjoyed the band's high energy, good humor and most of all, their great music.
  • Their set included lots of self-penned songs, augmented with a few interesting covers.
  •  Some of the covers they played: the traditional "Wade In The Water", "Any Major Dude Will Tell You" from the repertoire of Steely Dan, Buddy Holly's "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" and "Fire", Jimi Hendrix's old gem.
  • The band also delivered a rousing medley consisting of the unlikely pairing of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" and "I Get Around", the mega-hit of the Beach Boys.
  • The band's original songs sounded quite good to me, even at first blush.
The evening kicked-off with one of the briefest opening sets ever, two songs in all, delivered by Dan Hannaford, an Australian singer-songwriter currently recording in Los Angeles. Both "You Can't Preach Peace With A Gun In Your Hand" and "High Horse" can be described as melodically simple, but their message, forcefully delivered by Dan, will be hard to forget. I will definitely be looking for the studio recordings of this talented musician.
Here are a few photos I took before, during and after the concert:

Noah, Katie & Alex at McCabe's
Noah Wall at McCabe's
Tommy & Noah at McCabe's
The bare feet of the Barefoot Movement
Dan Hannaford at McCabe's
Set list #1

Set list #2
The stage

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