Wednesday night is the new Saturday night for live music in the George and Abbotsford in Melrose.
On Wednesday, October 8 at Doug Downie’s first new acoustic session, there was a full compliment of instruments and an even fuller compliment of singers and harmonising backing singers that made the acoustic jamming session go with a bang in the main bar at the G&A.
Every style of song was sung with gusto, be it self-penned songs by Sam Munday on guitar and resonator accompanied by Scott Boak on mandolin, to the country classics by Kathy Stewart accompanied by Ken Kennedy on harmonica.
Many more styles were in evidence, from blues to jazz to rock’n’roll and all accompanied by a full nine piece band – not bad for a Wednesday night and all for the price of a pint.
Thanks to Jasmine Mackinnon for beautiful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which had the whole audience singing along.
Doug Downie and Dave Lowrie chose their songs well and had all the audience singing till they could sing no more.
The backbone of every band, the bass and drums – in this case bass and cajon – were outstanding on the night.
Thanks to Phil Clayton for playing very tasteful electric bass, making it sound like a lead instrument at times – a great asset to have in any band – and the rock steady drumming of Murray Charters, who is like the human metronome (may be a new type of super hero).
We are truly blessed to have so many musicians to choose from when we organise such events.
The defining moment of the night was watching the ever-widening smiles on the faces of the four tourists from South Africa (and the rest of the audience).
For their faces said it all. All thought they would have a single drink at the G&A and go to bed (for what else is there to do on a Wednesday night) but instead they sat, and sang and smiled, and smiled and sang, and enjoyed a night which they all will remember as part of their travels and take back to their respective parts of the globe in their memories (and on their iPads ). They will tell their friends about the night they sat in a bar on a Wednesday night and listened to a great night of acoustic music played to them by nine musicians in the George and Abbotsford in Melrose.
The next event is on Wednesday, October 15 at 8pm (and every Wednesday night there after) in the main bar at George and Abbotsford, Melrose.