October’s Top 5 Videos

Here we go again, remembering local music from the past month by offering an arbitrary Top 5 of the videos shown on these pages. They are all simple performance videos, so it’s the performance rather than the videography that makes them special.  They are all original songs, written by the performer.  If you listen through the five of them you’ll not only get a recap of some great performances that happened here locally, but you’ll hear some exceptional original songwriting.

#5 – “Galician Night” and “I Want You More” by Searson   This lively family band has performed all over the world and they came to Meaford Hall the last weekend of October.

#4 – “Folksinger” by Steve Poltz.  He is known for his storytelling in front of an audience, and in this video he is on home turf, performing at Java Joe’s in San Diego.  He stopped at Meaford Hall at the end of October in the middle of a tour of Southern Ontario.

#3 – “Lily Of The Valley” by James McLaughlin  He plays occasionally at open stages, works in Collingwood, and writes songs.  This is, he says, his first song with a country feel, recorded specifically for this website.

#2 – “Who She Was” by Greg Smith.  This is another video made for this website, an original song by a recent GBSS graduate who is launching his career with a five song CD that features original songs linked in a “song cycle”.

#1 – “Dirt Poor Blues” by Sean Pinchin.  This is a show that never happened.  He called at the last minute to cancel because of a personal emergency.  But his performance in this video is so impressive we all hope there is a make-up date not too far in the future.

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