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Dan Frechette and Kayla Luky bring Winnipeg roots to town

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Lethbridge got a taste of Manitoba talent, May 23 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge as Kayla Luky and Dan Frechette returned to  town to try a new venue.

 I caught the end a great set of twangy traditional country music from Kayla Luky. She was on her own singing her heart out with just a little twang.

 Dan Frechette and violinist Laurel  Thomsen had natural chemistry and musical interplay on stage as they played a variety of Frechette’s solo songs. And with 1,400 to choose from, he shoDan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen. Photo bY Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editorwed he could play almost anything.

 He played a couple of catchy blues songs including “Good Time Charlie,” which sounded like a  Big Dave McLean song.  Another blues highlight was “Evil Devil Blues.”Kayla Luky returned to Lethbridge to play a solo show. Photo by Richard Amery

He played a lot of addictive folk and roots songs, though surprisingly not many form  his CD “Dawning of a New Day,” the one of 10 CDs he recorded last year, which he was touring on.

 The duo played a couple of beautiful instrumentals, including one which was about his dad. Another  cool  instrumental was a western swing number inspired by the Appalachian Mountains while another good one was  “Fish Pond Flute Waltz.”

 He sang a slower song called “Why Do Angels Sing the Way They Do?” on which he sounded a little like country singer Vince Gill.

He was reminiscent of country / roots singer Rodney Crowell a couple of others including a cool on called “Mr. Wrong Became Mr. Right overnight.”

 He was about to call it a night, but the audience response was overwhelming from the approximately 20 people in attendance, so he played a handful more songs. He got an audience request for Blue Rodeo’s “December Nights,” and played it then  drew a smile from his anti-technology themed reggae/ ska number “Life Without Toys,” which reminded me of Ben Sures.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 29 May 2013 10:39 )  
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