Patient fans get a surprise street performance waiting to get in packed bar
Southern Ontario’s own The Wooden Sky performed at Guelph’s Jimmy Jazz Oct. 20, greeted by a full venue of eager fans. Currently on their short Intimate Ontario Tour, accompanied by touring musician Northcote, these hard-at-work musicians have finally left their recording studio to stretch their legs and come out to play.
Before their headlining set, the boys from The Wooden Sky decided to come outside and play two songs for those still waiting in line outside the (already packed) bar – stopping passers-by in their tracks to have a listen. The band’s act of genuine kindness made the show memorable even before the scheduled performance got underway.
Thankfully, our small party managed to squeeze in the packed venue just as the band began to play.
The Wooden Sky is a mix between alternative country vocals and indie rock instrumentals. They show an impressive amount of group focus and awareness, utilizing violin and melodica accompaniment and solos to create a dynamic sound. Their comfort as a group is really felt by the audience, and the lack of awkwardness on stage set a comfortable mood within the crowd at the Jimmy Jazz.
Favourites played were “Something Hiding for Us in The Night” from If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone, “This Bird Has Flown” from their debut album When Lost At Sea, and both the regular and alternate versions of “North Dakota”.
It would be interesting to see what this band could create by experimenting further with different rhythmical techniques underneath the unique vocal style. They’ve shown much progress since their first album, demonstrating different techniques and a much fuller sound in their new songs.
I look forward to hearing their new EP City of Light (now released on a limited number of cassette tapes, and available on iTunes) and it will be interesting to follow The Wooden Sky as they further develop as a group and as musicians.
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