photos & words by Andrew Mazurak
Sunday afternoon’s Songwriters’ Circle was perhaps the best thing to catch this past weekend, with Randy Bachman leading some of Canada’s best “young” talent in a Folk Fest style merry-go-round.
The first round saw Bachman get the old timer’s wigglin’ in their seats. Winnipeg’s own Matt Epp had the crowd laughing with a unique proposal story and theme of his first song and kept the charm flowing while joking with Bachman and Shad the whole time. Renowned wordsworth Shad was up next with an even longer story and beat-backed first attempt that didn’t really go over well in this acoustic setting. In a wise decision, he laid down a few verses acapella for his second song and reclaimed hip-hop’s rightful place as an appropriate canvas for gifted songwriting. The kid blew suburban minds; Bachman was speechless. July Talk felt like their feet were nailed to the floor as the two isolated leads went without their rowdy backing band for a couple songs that they just then realized were much more depressing in this striped down state. Needless to say they were fantastic though no one that afternoon truly witnessed July Talk live in concert. Continue Reading »