A review of the September 17,2011 Rasputin’s Beard
by host and organizer Carol Noël
Well THAT was an exceptional evening of entertainment! Lucky us to be part of this full house, packed-to-the-walls energy! The fiddles and jigs of celtic big-band Fumblin’ Fingers put big smiles on faces and got toes tapping! Steel Moon’s romantic pop ballads – Lise’s vocals and Dave’s creative guitar, tasteful looper-use and harmonies – were soulful and beautiful; their upcoming CD will be the stocking stuffer! The intricate a capella harmonies, joyous energy and comedy of the Pouch Cotätoes quintet earned them an encore! Lost Colt’s alt-country originals were authentic, their lead-vocals outstanding and acoustic guitar solos all came straight from the heart! All this for pass-the-hat? Rasputins Beard is absolutely the best music deal in town! All these local groups have websites; check them out for gigs and CD-orders.Next Beard: December 17th…be there or be square!
by Lynn Stevenson
“I can feel the spirit building. Soft as a whisper. Loud as a roar.”
Helen Levine and friends
So sings Tom Juravich, one of a dozen amazing performers who raised their voices in honour of Gil Levine – union leader, social activist and folk music enthusiast who lost his battle with cancer last November. If the measure of a man is the love he inspires in others – then Gil Levine was clearly larger than life. The Elmdale Tavern on June 6th was filled to capacity with countless friends who came to share their affection for this fine man. “Songs of Protest, Songs of Hope” organized by the Spirt of Rasputin’s was not a goodbye, but a profound expression of hope and enduring gratitude for a person who meant so much to so many and whose influence continues to be strongly felt.
The first Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert was a huge success with a packed house of dedicated folk lovers. Lynn, a consummate performer, was funny, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining. Backed by the rich and sophisticated guitar work of Keith Glass, the show ranged from tender to raunchy, and was filled with memorable songs from her recent CD’s. Lynn played guitar and piano with hilarious self-deprecating jabs at her piano skills…of course her former teacher was in the audience! Despite the playfulness, her piano skills were apparent. This was the perfect launch for the new Spirit of Rasputin’s Concert Series. By the way, if you missed this show, you also missed learning about HAD…High Altitude Dryness! The banter between Lynn and Keith around this “condition” had everyone in tears of laughter.