Sunday, March 22, 2009
I heard Kevin Fox on CBC, doing 'Sweet Dreams' from his latest release 'Songs For Cello and Voice.' It was a cover of the Annie Lennox tune but I loved the fact that he was using the cello to present such a dreamlike melody... seemed to be a perfect match. I also started to follow Fox on Facebook to find out when he would next be in Toronto - it turned out to be Hugh's Room on March 21.
Fox has an unassuming quality that belies his talent. He gave unique interpretations of cover songs, like 'Sweet Dreams' and Mitchell's 'River' but also performed several original compositions.
Opening for him was Rachelle van Zanten, she played a wicked slide and alternated between electric and acoustic guitars. Powerful stage presence and playful sense of humour. Great original music. A raw quality yet somehow vulnerable at the same time.
The stuff on You Tube doesn't do these two justice.
Great show and great venue. Rob and I bought both their CDs and then got them to provide their autographs. That's something you can't get yet on Limewire!