Hot House Concert Tuesday Night

As I have stated recently in this column, I loves me a house concert. You get a decent price, an excellent setting, an attentive audience, possibly some fine snacks and such, and an up-close and personal experience. More and more artists are doing them, young and no-longer young, especially from my preferred genres, the singer-songwriter and folk performer circles. The benefits are substantial, including added CD and merchandise sales, and the introduction of new members to their core audience. People like you more if they "discover" you at one of these shows, and will follow you to other venues.darlingdarling.jpg

Here's one in the Fredericton area, a Windsor, Ontario-based performer originally from N.B. Crissi Cochrane is exactly the kind of artist you want to see in a calm setting, because she makes relatively quiet music. Her latest CD, Darling, Darling showcases her charming voice, which has a natural sweetness, not one you want to strain to hear over the din of the talkers at the local pub. The album sees her accompanied by her own acoustic, lots of strings, even a touch of glockenspiel and flute she added. But it's the string arrangements, plucked guitar and her soothing voice that highlight the experience.

Falling somewhere between orchestral pop and modern folk, Cochrane has also developed a fine skill with personal lyrics. Considering she is still in her very early 20's, they are remarkably free of cliche, and include some very strong descriptive passages. With Cochrane playing solo, that strength will take on added importance, and the words certainly will keep your attention.

If you are in the Fredericton area (Hanwell to be precise) and would like to go to the house concert, it's Tuesday evening, Oct. 11th at 7:30 pm. The price is $10, or for $15 you get a copy of Darling, Darling, which is worth that price alone. Give a shout to Stephen at 472-3407 or for details. And here are the rest of the dates on her Maritime tour:

October 12 - THE RED HERRING - St Andrews, NB. 10:30pm/free/19+
October 13 - FREDERICTON PUBLIC LIBRARY - Fredericton, NB. 6:30PM/free
October 15 - HORTON HIGH SCHOOL CRAFT SHOW - New Minas, NS. 11:00AM/$2
October 16 - MUD CREEK GRILL & LOUNGE - Wolfville, NS. 6:00PM/$2.
October 17 - TAAC GROUNDS - Truro, NS. 7:00PM/$5.
October 19 - RICH AUCOIN + FRIENDS at HPX - Halifax, NS. 8:00PM/$25.
October 22 - CLUB 1668 - Halifax, NS. 9:00PM/$5.

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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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