By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Kindred played to a full house in the Welland Community Wellness Complex theatre Wednesday night. Deservedly so.
It was the final performance of the summer in the Variety Nites concert series. I walked out wondering: was this concert really in Welland or was it at some other venue, like Massey Hall perhaps? Was I dreaming?
Nope, it was the real thing. Believe it or not, I still can’t believe it.
It was also my first time listening to this collection of talented, versatile musicians. Why did it take so long? Have to admit I was hooked right off the bat: their rendition of Don’t Think Twice, in my memory banks a Joan Baez classic that I listened to over and over and over in the 60s on one or another of her LPs, stole my heart. I was theirs for the rest of the evening. It was superb, musically and vocally.
Could say, and will, the same thing about Wild Mountain Thyme, especially based on the reaction of the two guys behind us, who were in seventh heaven or thereabouts by the time it was over. I’m only going to mention one other piece because it’s not my intention to fully review the performance – Evangeline. Wow! Emmylou Harris did this on her album with the same name (with backup vocals by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Robbie Robertson), but some say it is best remembered as part of The Last Waltz. Kindred’s offering last night was mighty, mighty fine! Well, maybe I’ll throw in one more (after all, close to 30 tunes were performed): Blue Bayou. Roy Orbison would have been proud.
Kindred’s musicians are: David Romano, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; Darlene Romano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, vocals; Joni Romano, percussion, mandolin, pennywhistle, keyboard, vocals; Ken Eller, bass guitar, vocals; Amy Elder, keyboards, mandolin, accordion, percussion, vocals; Natalie Walker, fiddle, percussion, vocals; Dave DiMarco, drums.
Late in the performance, it was announced Kindred has a Christmas concert coming up, at the same venue, Dec. 12. Tickets are now available. I can make a recommendation and will, without reservation: Don’t think twice about buying tickets, go out and get them before they’re gone! You won’t be disappointed.
(Joe Barkovich, a former reporter and city editor, lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City).