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Fred Eaglesmith and Tif Ginn play intimate sold out show

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Fred Eaglesmith had a sold out Geomatic Attic crowd in stitches with his brand of earthy humour, July 30.

 He was in an affable, joke cracking, storytelling mood. He began his set with  “Freight Train,” one of his few beloved train songs that made it into the show. Tif Ginn and Fred Eaglesmith  playing a sold out Geomatic Attic, July 30. photo by Richard Amery

He focused on more obscure tracks and new material for a pared down set of enjoyable county/ folk music with South Texan singer Tif Ginn.
 Tif Ginn added extra accordion, mouth organ, mandolin and an odd 12 string instrument, which I think was an oud.

“I’m Dangerous,” from his 6 Volts album was a highlight was were a pair of songs I didn't recognized called “Second Hand” and “Kansas” from his 2007 CD “Milly’s Cafe.”

“Wilder Than Her” was a highlight and he dipped into some of his bluegrass music on “Carter” about bluegrass icons the Stanley Brothers.

 A long diatribe about kids and baling hay surprisingly didn’t segue into his song about baling hay “Balin.”
One of his classics “ Alcohol and Pills,” was an early highlight.

 He also did a long fiery Southern preacher inspired bit about  voting for the “rock and roll party,” which I thought would segue into some of his quasi religious songs, but didn’t.
“It’s easier to find a new audience than a new joke,” he quipped, as he had cracked the same jokes in previous performances
 He broke out a tractor song early in the set which he prefaced by saying how excited he was to see more grey heads in the audience.

“Careless’ was prefaced by a request to get the Cha Cha Cha CD to help improve your relationship.
 There were plenty of  songs about machinery.  And while he doesn’t usually take requests, he did “Drive in Movie at the request of a little girl who also requested Tif Ginn play one of her more mature “Little White Pills”  songs in the opening set.
He wound down the show with a song about old Alberta and his new set closer “Stars” about the history of his band.
 I was surprised not to hear any of his most recent CD “Tambourine.”

 He was called back for an encore of a few bars of “My Funny  Valentine” and his best known train song “49 Tons.”
Ginn opened the show by played a few songs from the CD including “Middle Man” and a “new one I wrote in the car over here,” called ‘Rock Star,’ which was catchy.

Eaglesmith often jokes you have to have gone through at least two divorces and have lost your job to fully appreciate one of his shows. Which was not necessarily the case here as a little girl in the audience requested one of Eaglesmith’s more mature songs and one of Ginn’s more adult songs “Little White Pills,” which Ginn hesitantly played before being called back for an encore.

 Ginn opened the the show with a brief solo set of brand new music and songs from her self-titled 2012 CD, which Eaglesmith produced.
 She strummed Eaglesmith’s guitar and belted out powerful lyrics as she welcomed latecomers to the show.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:27 )  
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