by Hollis Morgan
You never know who will show up for a concert on a holiday weekend. But Lindsay Ferguson drew both fans and family to an almost full house sponsored by Spirit of Rasputin’s at the Elmdale Tavern on April 4. As the CBC says, “…born in Bermuda, raised in Prince Edward County & now living in the Ottawa area, [Lindsay] has a voice that can raise the hairs in places that you can’t even see.” And we sure found out all about that last Sunday. Performing solo with her guitar, she presented songs from her new CD Sound, and took requests for favourites from the audience.
The mix of family, friends and fans is always a treat for an artist who performs more away than near home. This made for some entertaining, and occasionally risque banter…prompted by her mother who was in the audience. Thanks to a strong fan base, she drew and entertained a crowd on what should have been a difficult holiday weekend.
Emily Fennell from Kingston opened the evening with an impressive set of original material. Emily’s voice haunts you long after the concert is over. Warm with a bluesy edge, strong, confident, and powerful, she accompanies herself on piano and guitars. Emily is successfully making the transition from the club scene to the concert stage. I hope to see her back as a headliner as soon as possible.