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Just another #ldnont music weekend, Part II: Blackie and The Rodeo Kings*

- December 3rd, 2012

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Ken Pearson, c. 2009, in a YouTube video with BARK, courtesy of http://www.youtube.com/channel/HCvdgpvNm1oMI

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That marvellous right hand of Ken Pearson & the rest of BARK, Harlan Pepper & guest Teddy Leonard rawk Aeolian Hall on Saturday night. Taken with trusty BlackBerry

Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 p.m. (concert apparently started a little earlier)

Venue: A jammed Aeolian Hall. Congrats to promoter Bruce Monck for supporting two BARK shows that day (it was apparently the first time BARK had done that) to benefit El Sistema Aeolian.

In a few words: BARK put on a fine fine show with lots of Colin Linden slide/bottleneck & Kerwood’s John Dymond on bass alongside the drummer. Stephen Fearing & Tom Wilson were also in former & it was a treat to see Tom check out his son Thompson Wilson during Harlan Pepper’s set. (We arrived to hear the final moments of Sarah & Jeff). Tom & Thompson shared a mic during the encore.

Cover song of the night: The encore was The Price of Love with 15 (BARK plus Harlan Pepper plus two guests) up & rawking. Wow. That was getting near midnight, wasn’t it? Harlan Pepper finished up their topnotch set with an instrumental mixing in Pipeline, Secret Agent Man, Suzie Q & a bunch of other fine twangtunes JBNBlog sorta recognized while cheering exuberantly & might have misidentified anyway.

Of note: BARK”s guests on the night were Woodstock pianist Ken Pearson and London guitarist Teddy Leonard. It is always a pleasure to hear Teddy . . . but Ken Pearson, wow. JBNBlog has waited a long time to hear Woodstock’s former Full Tilt Boogie keyboardist in person. He played amazing piano  & frankly it would have been sweet if the guitars had shut down & just let Pearson play for a while. Being in the front row & near the piano, I could hear pretty well  . . .  but still. Here’s hoping for a next time. Meanwhile, Pearson’s Full Tilt Boogie bandmate John Till of Stratford is at the London Music Club with Plum Loco on Dec. 8.

*A few brief reports on a weekend when soprano Adrianne Pieczonka, roots music supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings and songwriter/singer/rising star Cold Specks headlined in London. Other Canadian content on the weekend included The Sheepdogs and London’s The McCartney Years. JBNBlog missed those Friday, Nov. 30, events . . . but was delighted by The London Singers/Beal Singers/orchestra event with guests on Sunday, Dec. 2, at Dundas St. Centre United Church. David Weaver directed & Rachel Snow & Ross McDonald were guests.

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