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One More Lumdy Lai by Jon Zaslow

Reviewed by Bill Monahan

When you finish listening to the eight songs on Jon Zaslow’s CD, “One More Lundy Lai” the tune keeps playing in your head.  Which tune?  Well, that’s the thing.  There is a consistency to this CD that makes it hard to distinguish in retrospect one song from the other.  Along with the melodies and rhythms, there is a theme throughout of relentless disappointment and regret.

The title “One More Lumdi Lai” comes from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles’ first hit, “Mickey’s Monkey”.  With that as the leading and title track, you might expect an album of Motown flavoured dance music (the song was about a dance called “the monkey’, not about the primate).  Instead it is reminiscent of a decade later, post-Beatles, when album oriented radio was dominated by introspective singer-songwriters like Eric Anderson, Jackson Browne and David Wiffen.

Those were the days of mournful reflection set in beautiful studio arrangements.  Jon has excelled in setting his tunes within that genre.

  From the opening chord, through very tastefully balanced elements like slide guitar and saxophone, and impeccably subtle backing vocals, this album sounds beautiful.

The Thursday Outlook – April 13 to 16, 2017

There’s a pretty special show going down at the Gayety Theatre in Collingwood on Saturday night when Bill and Joel Plaskett come to the area with their Solidarity album.  Joel was in Meaford last year and he talked then about doing an album with his dad, but this is no one-off collaboration.  In addition to teaching Joel how to play, Bill Plaskett has played banjo on Joel’s recordings as early as 2001’s Down at the Khyber, and became a full-fledged supporting player on 2009’s Three.  There have been eight Joel Plaskett albums since Thrush Hermit.  This one features a lot of his dad’s original songs.  Bill was deeply into the British Folk Revival, people like Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Davey Graham, before he emigrated to Nova Scotia from England.  When Joel was a little kid, Bill ran a coffee house, started trad bands and helped found the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.  Saturday night at the Gayety gives Joel Plaskett fans a chance to see him play with his most important influence.

Richard Laviolette might have had a similar record with his dad if his mom hadn’t been sick.  Instead the record he’s celebrating at Heartwood Concert Hall on the very same Saturday night is a moving and entertaining look at life growing up in Tara and fields beyond.  Like Joel he grew up surrounded by family music, and learned from his dad how to play.  He’ll be sharing the evening with Jessy Bell Smith.

Tonight if you are old enough and yet retain some relevant memory of the sixties, or are young enough to think that Woodstock was real life, you can soak up the British Invasion from 1969 Revisited at Heartwood.

Tonight if you are old enough and yet retain some relevant memory of the sixties, or are young enough to think that Woodstock was real life, you can soak up the British Invasion from 1969 Revisited at Heartwood.  It was the time when bands from Britain taught white kids from North America what the blues was about.  This 7 piece band takes you back to your turntable or your favorite FM station.  Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.