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Music, Pop Montreal 2006

Something Old, Something New, and Some Pretty Blue Lights

Posted by Robyn / October 5, 2006

Vashti Bunyan, Mansfield Tya, Orillia Opry
La Tulipe, Mtl - Oct 4/06
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Hello, first night of Pop Mtl. Hello, cold virus in my nose and throat. Hello Tylenol Cold Daytime salavation capsules. It's okay! Not that sick! Everything fine! I must say though that I was glad that La Tulipe was filled with candle-lit tables last night for the Vashti Bunyan show. Sitting down = happy times for ill people. And Vashti = the cuetest singer-songwriter hippie from the 60's British Isles ever.

Really pretty, emotional, somewhat nostalgic but not actually twee or annoyingly quaint - because Vashti is the real deal. I just wanted to hang out with her in the Scottish countryside and talk about the sky. I loved how she quietly prefaced a few songs with: this is another song about that man, who I thought I was in love with, before I really learned about love, back in 1966. And then she'd sing a song that was at once emotionally wrenching and compassionately wise - she hadn't grown up, lived her life and put these songs away - she'd reflected on them and accepted her youth but without dwelling on it or grossly embellishing it.

It was a beautiful and inspiring thing to witness. And she was just plain happy - happy to be playing with all the other musicians on stage, happy to have an enthralled audience, happy to be at the end of what sounded like a really good North American tour. And I was made happy too. Aw, seriously. Aw.

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I also finally got to see Orillia Opry, whom I had missed at a few shows in the past b/c they'd been the first openers. They play a country-folk-pop blend of well-crafted songs, some quiet and country-like, some more rock, and they look pretty good on stage doing it, especially with the involved light show La Tulipe puts on, which can be kinda disconcerting when you're used to seeing bands in smaller venues (where $ is usually spent on PAs, not lights, thank god). I feel like this band is still evolving into what they could be, but aren't we all? I'd like to hear them really go for it, let loose, yell a little, strum the hell out of a guitar, go crazy on the drums. But I always want that.

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And then I actually got that with the next band, Mansfield Tya, which is made up of two sweet and incredibly talented women from France - and they've got real musical chops too, a friend of mine commented. They even have a song in a Jean Genet film! Their show started off a bit slow and nervous but they seemed to find their stride, got comfortable, and by the end were belting vocals, mad violin, heavy guitar strumming. And the crowd, most of whom I'd guess hadn't heard of Mansfield Tya, was with them, with lots of whooping and applause. And that is one of the reasons festivals are good: Discovery!

Onwards, toward the weekend, pop explorers.

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Discussion

10 Comments

Cat / October 5, 2006 at 05:10 pm
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Ohmigod, I've got that same throat-cold-creeping-in thing too! And I was also happy about the seats at my show last night. Had I not been at Ramblin' Jack, I surely would have been at Vasti Bunyan. Just as tonight, were I not going to the stringband show at Main Hall, I would surely be at Joanna Newsom. God speed, Robyn, on your Pop journey. And be well! Hydrate!
OJ / October 6, 2006 at 10:55 am
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So did being sick somehow become a prerequisite for MP at POP shows this year? You stole the intro I was gonna right from my show...you know, the cold-sickness, tylenol bit. I've actually found that the head cold helps a bit in numbing the sound when standing next to a blasting speaker.
rrrobyn / October 6, 2006 at 12:26 pm
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this is the same cold i've had two or three times a year for the past five years - the same one that causes so many to suffer at the change of seasons. it forced me to stay home last night, but at least it's a consistent virus! i know you, virus, better than you know yourself, and one day i'll track you down and beat you, beat you with science.
Alexifkea / February 11, 2007 at 11:15 pm
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