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Cormier shows multi-instrumental prowess

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A late booked show by Cape Breton multi-instrumentalist J.P Cormier, which attracted approximately 70 people to the Wolf’s Den, Sunday, March 21 had  the guitar players in the audience drooling.J.P Cormier and Carl Elliott trade solos at the Wolf’s Den. Photo by Richard Amery
Cormier and guitarist Carl Elliott plus his brother Bill Elliott on stand-up bass, knocked everyone‘s socks off with a lot of firey guitar picking, a lot of  bluegrass, folk, country, some Chet Atkins finger-picking and even a touch of jazz.

And after knocking off one smoking solo after another, just when the audience  caught their breaths, Cormier would switch to another instrument and blow them away again with either a sizzling solo or a beautiful vocal melody or a Maritime reel on the fiddle.
One of many impressive moments in this show was watching Cormier and Carl Elliott harmonize complicated lead licks. In between fretboard wizardry, Cormier cracked jokes and chatted with the crowd.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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