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John Wort Hannam plays engaging show

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Fort Macleod  singer songwriter  John Wort Hannam put on an impressive show for a capacity crowScott Duncan played some impressive fiddle lines. Photo By Richard Ameryd at the Slice, Thursday, Jan. 14.
 He played most ofJohn Wort Hannam entertained a capacity crowd. Photo by Richard Amery his new CD, ‘Queens Hotel and impressed the audience with his engaging and self deprecating stage presence and  underestimated guitar prowess. His performance proved  he chose wisely when he decided to  quit teaching to become a songwriter.

His  pretty acoustic fingerpicked guitar lines  were matched only by his gorgeous vocal  melodies and unparalleled story songs. The band, Tyler Bird  on stand-up bass and accordion, drummer Brad Brouwer and phenomenal fiddler Scott Duncan, were superb. 

Duncan left me in awe, whether he was playing tastefully melodic  background lines or sizzling leads, he was impressive.

 Bird was solid on stand up bass  and accordion which completely made ‘Lucky Strikes,’ one of my new favourites off of the new CD.

Some of the highlights included  “ ‘Against the Grain,’ off the new CD, which opened the show,  and several new cuts including “Church of the Long Grass,’   an almost Celtic sounding ‘Tonight We Strike,’ “When I Drink Too Much,” during which Hannam had the crowd harmonizing along on the line “honey.” Some of the tracks off of Hannam’s previous CD ‘Two Bit Suit,’ including ‘Damn it Gwenivere,’ and ‘National Hotel.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 January 2010 00:20 )  
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