Review by G.K. Sydney (photos and column)
Well, Sooke, we’ve done it again.
On this past Saturday night during the Sooke Folk Music Society coffeehouse, yet another great musical event occurred. In the unpretentious, lovely setting of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, a rockin’ good time was had by all.
The first half of the evening consisted of “open mike.” To my untrained mind, this sounded like a risky free- for-all karaoke night (in a church?) and so I was ready for anything. However, to the audience’s delight, the stage was lit up with all kinds of talent, one after another, and the evening was off to a great start.
From the warbling tunes by James Helmer, the lovely pieces performed by Linda and Eric James and by duo Mary Livingston and Paul Winfield and the shaking–the–house performance of 22–year–old Taylor Caspersen (headliner of the Sooke Music Festival, Aug. 3rd!), the night was unfolding in a very satisfying way.
And then there was the main act. Well, who knew Celtic music could be like this? Irish singer Terry Boyle and amazing violinist Ceilidh Briscoe managed, with awesome talent, humour and stories, to entertain the audience thoroughly with their high calibre performance.
Terry and Ceilidh gave us happy sing-a-long songs, tear-jerker songs, songs with stories, songs with beautiful violin accompaniment and much much more. Terry was a master at his art and left the audience with little doubt of that fact. And when we all burst into applause not once, but twice, not at the end but in the middle, of Ceilidh’s incredible violin playing, you knew something really special was going on.
And so, Sooke, I say again, if you haven’t yet gone to a Sooke Folk Music Society performance then you don’t know what you’re missing. For a small town to have such a great evening and such talent at hand, we’re very lucky. The Society is really something to be supported. I, for one, will be there again. Want to join me?
Upcoming events: Coffee House at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1962 Murray Road, Sooke, June 15th
Summer Music in the Park at Ed McGregor Park, Sooke, June 23rd (more information to follow)
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