· ~ ·We began with Laughing Boy, the bonhomous lads still chuffed from their rousing appearance at the Groton Main Streets Cafe open mike the previous night. The songs were in fine form, with flexible three-part vocal harmonies, steady instrumental work, and scintillating mandolin solos from Will Ryan.
|Laughing Boy photos by Griffin Keevil|
|photo by Marlowe Miller|
· ~ ·For the second set, Laughing Boy reformed as a couple of solo acts. Will Ryan treated us to a number of appealing tunes, ending with a rousing version of Jesse Colin Young's "Darkness Darkness" (graciously allowing David Keevil to back him on harmonica). Will's got a strong, clear voice and a ringing guitar style -- it's an all too occasional pleasure to hear him perform solo.
· ~ ·And here was Arl-Lex Five & Dime! They sounded excellent -- nice, clear instrumentation, strong lead vocals from Mike Barrett, five(!) part harmonies, and exciting solos from six year old Quinn on violin and his dad Chris on mandolin.
|Jack Donahue, Mike Barrett, Peggy Rose, Chris and Quinn Eastburn|
· ~ ·As always, it's lots of fun at the Acoustic Showcase. I hope we see you there next time!