Music Review & House Concerts: Ian Sherwood - Live At The Hive

Another house concert this weekend people. You really have to start checking these out, it gives a whole new appreciation of the live music experience, and gets you away from that "I don't like going to clubs" syndrome. Shy and nervous? No problem, there's no pressure at these, you can just sit and enjoy the show, maybe take a cruise around the buffet table at half-time and enjoy some great snacks.

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Here's a guy that excels at the house concert, or any live show. Nova Scotia's Ian Sherwood is a natural performer, a highly personable guy who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs. He's funny, quick and thoroughly enjoys interacting with people. Plus, he's got the goods for tunes as well, a story-teller there as well. Instead of concentrating on the personal, which so many do, he often comes up with wild tales with a touch of truth to them, where he's the observer. All this can be heard to great effect on his new "Live At The Hive", recorded in concert in Toronto.

Sherwood used to live in the big smoke, so he has no problem relating to the crowd, and telling tales of his time. He recasts a famous bar in Toronto for one tune, called Dixieland Dirt Bovine, were he gets involved in a crazy party place with wacky results. He can even turn a love song into a tale, as in You Shot Our Love Down, where the person in question becomes a gunfighter and the Wild West setting a big metaphor for a relationship gone sour. He also takes the opportunity to explain to the crowd why Atlantic Canadians often choose to return home, even after seeing the bright lights of the big city. His song Here I Go gets right to the core of why we feel pride, miss the place, and quite simply, why it's better to be here. (Opinions expressed here are in no way meant as an insult to Upper Canadians. It's just that we're better than you.)

Visit www.iansherwood.com to find out the details on the new recording, or you could go to either of the two house concerts in the Fredericton area this weekend, see him live and pick up the CD there. If you're interested in the house concert experience in that area, for this weekend or future ones, contact Paul McDonnell at pmm@unb.ca

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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