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Folk Thief and My Boy Rascal begin busy week

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This week was all about the Tongue n Groove, who had a whole week’s worth of super shows beginning Tuesday, July 26 with and interesting pair of Toronto based Folk Thief and My Boy Rascal play a song they wrote. Photo by Richard Amerysinger songwriters — Folk Thief and My Boy Rascal aka David Hadgkiss and Colby Ramsay respectively.
Steven Foord and Kelsey Jesperson opened the show for about 18 people by playing a variety of familiar Necessities (Foord’s pop/folk band) standards, a cover of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer” on mandolin and a familiar Old Crow Medicine Show/ Bob Dylan cover.

My Boy Rascal was up next. Ramsay was reminiscent of pop folk superstar John Mayer as he played pretty guitar and sang soulful R and B tinged vocals.

He played an inspired version of Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet,”  though adding pretty fingerpicking instead of blues grit to it. He played much of his Cd  “the Study of Animal Magicality.”

Folk Thief (David Hadgkiss) also played a pleasant set of original music. He played some pretty guitar and had a distinct voice reminiscent of country stars like George Strait and Randy Travis.

He cracked jokes and told stories throughout. He invited Colby Ramsay up on stage to play an excellent song they wrote together for a television spot in Vancouver, which featured them trading lead vocals and adding guitar textures
I left about the time he launched into “Breathe,”  one of several “unabashed love songs” which was catchy and beautiful.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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