Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
March 2013 VOCAL Showcase
What could be better than a big dose of Irish musical charm on the day after St.
Patrick’s day? That’s what was delivered at this month’s VOCAL showcase #260 at
O’Toole’s, with three pickers who’s ancestry probably goes back to the Auld Sod.
The cool and rainy weather didn’t deter a large group of enthusiasts from
showing up to enjoy the program.
First up was the aptly named Doug Patrick who wowed the audience with his set of
finely honed, well constructed folk and bluesy songs, including a new tune
Donegal, demonstrating why he is greatly admired by musicians all over, with his
great guitar picking and excellent vocals. after a short break, Pam McCarthy
took center stage to deliver a fine set of her folk styled songs, old and new,
which pleased the crowd immensely and even garnered her an encore or two. The
main attraction of the evening was Gerry Laverty, the featured performer. Gerry
also introduced a couple of new tunes, while mixing in his tried and true old
favorites. He was joined by Valerie (O’)Rourke on Lonesome Blue Eyes and then
accompanied her on her own song Torn In Two which was well received, as well.
Zion Crossroads closed out his 45 minute set.
Overall: It was a highly entertaining night and was well appreciated by all
those in attendance, with many shouts of enthusiasm and more, more.