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Eamon McGrath plays Owl Acoustic Lounge patio

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The Allied Arts Council hoped  their new upside Downtown would encourage people to hang around downtown after work  to listen to live music.


 So The Owl Acoustic lounge’s July 29  patio show featuring Eamon McGrath was perfectly timed, as several people enjoying Shaela Miller’s Upside Downtown show in Rotary Square outside of Casa , wandered across the street to check out McGrath.

 I think he’s the first out of town touring artist to visit Lethbridge since everything reopened, July 1. 


Eamon McGrath playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge patio, July 29. Photo by Richard Amery

He always puts on a great show either alone as  he was this evening or with the full band. He was performing for a packed patio. Luckily his music was being piped inside as well  for people who couldn’t fund a seat outside or who were just looking for a respite from the heat.


He was playing a blend of covers and original music including some brand new songs.


 He did  antastic versions of  Townes Van Zandt’s “Pancho and Lefty” a heartfelt version of the Tragically Hip’s Bobacageon and  turned to Clash’s  “Straight To Hell” into a folk song.


He added harp to a brand new original “Cannonball” and to a couple of other songs before taking a break.


He opened his second set with  a great cover of Richard Thompson’s“Vincent Black Lightning ’54.”


 He sounded like Gordon Lightfoot in places and Neil young in others. his show included plenty of pretty  fingerpicking and harmonica.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 July 2021 13:10 )  
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