Acoustic Music Shines at Lyme Light Fundraiser
The Kaleidoscope Theatre was a bustling place last night as two of Canada's premier pickers took to the stage in support of Lyme Disease awareness.
Don Ross, an established finger style guitar guru and the genre's next generation, Calum Graham, gave the folks of Drumheller an enjoyable night of raw acoustic music and entertainment.
It was hard not to get lost in thought and contemplation as waves of sound flowed over the audience, full of open chord progressions, rhythmic layouts, and sprinkled with the eloquent high pitched pluck of a string. A trance snapping slap of the guitar brought the listener back to reality, with the realization that all that sound was coming from just one guitar.
The audience was patient, willing to wait as guitars were tuned to a wide variety of keys. Don Ross showed his quirky story telling ability throughout the show, helping ease the transitions. It was raw, it was stripped down and simple. It was very enjoyable!
The purpose of the show was to raise awareness about Lyme Disease. Jillian Augey, who spearheaded the fundraiser, was unable to attend last night's performance due to health complications.
Midway through the performance, Calum Graham put out a dedication to Jillian and invited listeners to close their eyes, as collectively, almost prayerfully, positive thoughts and sounds were directed outward to all the families and individuals effected by Lyme Disease. It was a powerful moment shared by everyone in attendance as Calum played through his song 'The Channel.'
It was great to see the seats full last night, with people who took the time to support a good cause, support a member of the community and embrace great music in the valley!
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