Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Live music

Back in the Dark Ages when I was a youngster in England, I hung out at a lot of folk clubs. I loved live music, and saw lots of folkies perform including Martin Carthy, Peggy Seeger and Ewen McColl, Alex and Rory McEwen, loads more whose names I've forgotten. I always wanted to play the guitar but never learned, although I was given a guitar that I strummed along on and actually memorised 3 chords, but the musical gene has definitely missed me.

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I was recently reading a list of live music concerts that my bloggie friend Suldog has enjoyed, so I thought I'd try and remember all the concerts that I've seen.

Here's my list.... fairly short and in no particular order. Lots of Canadian performers. If I remember any more I'll add them. Anyone else like to offer up a list?

Liona Boyd - classical guitar 1974
Andres Segovia - classical guitar... Portsmouth UK early 1960s
Ray Charles ... Portsmouth UK early 1960s
The Beach Boys ... Rama Casino 2017
Rolling Stones/Everley Bros/Little Richard/Bo Diddley ... Gaumont Southampton UK October 1963
Tina Turner ... Toronto 1980s
Simon and Garfunkel ... Exhibition Stadium, Toronto  July 21 1983
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee/Ramblin Jack Elliott ... concert at Royal Festival Hall in London in the 1960s.
Boy George and Culture Club ... Toronto  Maple Leaf Gardens 1984
James Taylor ...The Forum, Ontario Place Toronto early 1990s
Jully Black ... 2016
Dave Brubeck Quartet ... Massey Hall, Toronto March 15 1969
Alex Cuba ... 2016
Itzhak Perlman - violin
Gordon Lightfoot ... Peterborough Ontario 2001
Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy
Leahy - the next generation ... 2017
Jimmy Rankin
Ashley McIsaac
Dave Swarbrick and Jason Wilson
The Nylons
Shirley Bassey ... 1964
Michael Kaeshammer ... piano
Victor Borge ... piano and comedy, late 1970s, Ontario Place, Toronto


  1. James Taylor was one of my favourite concerts! Such a wonderful entertainer!

    1. Yes, I agree, James Taylor is one of my favourites.

  2. I suspect your list is a lot longer than mine.
    About the only one I can remember now is Midnight Oil (in the seventies some time) though there are at least a few more.

  3. The only ones I can remember
    Neil Young in the mid 70s
    Boston (the band)
    Blue Oyster Cult
    Rory Gallagher

  4. Of that list I have seen Brubeck(late in life), Natalie MacMaster, Jimmy Rankin with the rest of the family, and Kaeshammer.

  5. These mostly aren’t the genre of music to which you refer. Stan Kenton, Four Freshmen, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Julie Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, Chris Botti immediately come to mind, but there were others. Some of these werre In small intimate settings which I prefer.

  6. Gosh Shammi will have to get my thinking cap on 😀 I remember a John McLaughlin concert, ACDC , Chris Izaac, the Eagles.. but that's as far as my memory takes me 😀

  7. There is definitely nothing like live music...I have been to a few concerts and music in a more intimate setting and it always gives me a boost.
    It was fun to read your list, though most I don't know .
    So far we are doing okay with all the wind and rain in our area. Snow is really dumping just a few hours from where I live.
    We have to turn on our sump pump every once and a while since our drains don't work too well but we aren't what you would call flooding.
    I think it must be quite awful where the devastating fires destroyed so many homes..just a few hours north of us too. California isn't doing well...physically, mentally or emotionally. That's about as political as I will get...
    Right now it's pouring but at least it isn't as cold as it has been...cold for us anyway. (:0)


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