I have this thing for singer-songwriters. They often alternate between band-versions and very small units with only an extra guitarist when they’re on tour over here and I love how their songs sound big and strong with a full band behind them and so tender and fragile when they’re all alone on a stage. Last week Canadian Christina Martin played in Vanslag, with Dale Murray on guitar and lapsteel guitar.
Only a day after Hugh Cornwell’s acoustic history lesson in the punk and new wave of The Stranglers today I was back at Vanslag again for a very different kind of concert: House of Cosy Cushions were playing there this afternoon and what I know of their music it seemed a great match for the former church.
Hugh Cornwell is of course best known being the singer/guitarist for the punk-group The Stranglers, spawning that huge hit Golden Brown. However Hugh left the band in 1990 to perform as a solo artist and last Saturday he performed his acoustic sermon in the Vanslag church.
Canadian Julie Doiron has a long standing musical career that began in ‘Eric’s Trip’ when she was eighteen. Her solo career started shortly after that band disbanded. She has also collaborated with fellow Canadians of The Tragically Hip. And last Thursday she opened the four days of music on Vanslag
Last Friday I was back in Borger again, this time for a gig in the Roots on the Road series. They had a great band on with Ha Ha Tonka and opened with a set by New York based Christopher Paul Stelling.