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Jan
09

Chillin’ Evening w/ Dave Gaudet & Meredith Luce at the Black Sheep

Dave Gaudet made a triumphant return to Ottawa on January 3rd @ the Black Sheep Inn, opening for a band he used to play in, Meredith Luce & the Mandates. The packed room was only too happy to have him back from far-off Vancouver.

He opened the set with my personal anthem for the fall of ’06, “Walking Disaster”, originally written for his former duo, Los Llamas (featuring Nick Eakins). This song also appears on his self-titled 2007 EP. Dave’s set picked up as it went on and peaked near the middle with a new song, “Light on the Consequence”. Also near the middle of the set Gaudet played the rock-solid “Sittin’ Tight in the Fire”, and payed homage to fellow Ottawa indie artist (& fellow Dave), Dave Norris, covering Norris’ song, “C’mon Lighthouse”. He wound down the set with a fan favourite called “Missing the Point” and went out with one of the most popular & radio friendly songs on his EP, “Wrecking Ball”.

In between sets the world stopped for Canada’s world junior team to finish their semi-final game versus Russia, by this time in overtime after Canada scored to tie with 6 seconds left. Fortunately the good vibrations on the night continued beyond the game as Canada prevailed in a shoot-out. (Meredith’s drummer Tim Watson’s spirits were clearly tied up in the game as he anxiously & excitedly took in the dramatic overtime & shoot-out – fortunately for Luce, Team Canada insured Tim did not take the stage a dejected hockey fan.)

Meredith Luce’s band took a minute to warm up on this cold night aswell, but once Adam Fogo -on viola da gamba- hit the stage for the aptly titled “Snow Country”, the band achieved lift-off. Luce’s sweet, clear vocals soared and the vibe created by her and her Mandates was cozy & warm. Next, Gaudet joined his old bandmates on “Neck of the Woods”, the title track off Luce’s recently released CD. The band -featuring the aforementioned Tim Watson on drums, Graham Boyle on bass & Eric Vieweg on lead guitar- was really grooving at this point, and again the vibe matched the room and the night. Next up was the toe-tapper “The Ballad of Bob & Sally”, an ode to Meredith’s parents. It was a little looser in places, but still warm & fuzzy. “Pages” from Luce’s CD “October” came next, with it’s cool, bossa nova rythem. This was followed by a toe-tapper that was introduced as a ‘murder mystery’. Luce rounded out the show with the stellar title track off her previous CD called “October”.

Overall, the night was tons of fun for friends & fans of Meredith & Dave, and the music was suitably chillin’.

videos from the show @ www.youtube.com/ashleynewall (This was my first attempt with my new camera to video anything, much less an amplified concert, so it’s not exactly HD quality… I’ll get better.)
photos from the show @ www.flickr.com/bongoking


2 Responses to “Chillin’ Evening w/ Dave Gaudet & Meredith Luce at the Black Sheep”


  1. January 8, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Hey — the spirit of the evening is there. Although it would be cool to see a video of the crowd around the Sheep’s TV cheering the junionrs…

    And the “murder mystery” song is “Black Cats” from October.


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