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'Spectacular slide guitar work and great vocal delivery'
I guess, we've all heard that saying sometime or another, "Never know your luck in the big city." Well, it happened to me during the recent Fringe. I was given a ticket voucher to see a Fringe event on Thursday, 14 March, with it closing in four days. There was a catch - I was only available for two of those days, and after searching the program I decided to go and see two musicians who were unknown to me, Cal Williams Jr (slide guitar maestro) and Kory Horwood (highly acclaimed jazz double bassist) perform live at Howl the Moon." I love good live blues performances and you could imagine my fervour in a program that promoted their latest album, King Billy, as being "Spectacular slide guitar work and great vocal delivery" - Triple J FM.
The venue was the lush green pastures of Linde Reserve at Stepney, which was transformed into a suitable fenced-off outdoor venue with an assortment of lounge chairs, sofas, bean bags, rugs and large wooden crates to be utilised as either tables or seating. No BYO allowed, but a limited, but good selection of beer ($7.00 stubbie) and wine ($7.00 glass or $30 bottle) was available. If you didn't bring your own picnic hamper, there were tasty gourmet burgers for $8.00. The only thing missing was a good coffee - perhaps, something to consider next time?
The patrons were greeted by friendly and helpful staff under the guidance of our hostess / entrepreneur, Emily Davis, and acclaimed singer and songwriter of "dark country, swampy blues."
Like I have already said, I haven't heard of these guys before. Another better informed person might have asked me, "Where have you been the last few years?" In the meantime, check out Cal Williams Jr and you will see he has won several musical awards including, "Best Underground, USA; 'SA Blues Album of the Year' - SA Roots and blues, 'South Australian Songwriter of the Year' - SCALA; and the list goes on and on.
Kory Horwood on the other hand, completed his studies at the Adelaide Conservatorium where he expanded his passion of playing improvised music with Arabesque and John Morrison. Since 2005, Kory has continued to perform and record in the Adelaide music scene with bands like Johnny McIntyre, Sukatash as well as perform at WOMAD 2008.
Kory met Cal in 2006 and they formed a strong dynamic musical bond and have since collaborated to produce 3 albums and perform gigs including the Adelaide Guitar Festival 2009. In 2011, they teamed together with Emily Davis and Benjamin Roberts to form The Hushes and their dynamic interpretations of bluegrass, gospel, blues, gypsy, folk and Appalachian Mountain music are highly acclaimed.
This particular evening was no exception as Cal and Kory performed a variety of gospel and blues songs with their own magical touch as their improvised music fascinated the audience. The crowd's enthusiastic applause was an ideal monitor for how much they were enjoying the concert.
It was clearly obvious that their mutual respect musically extends into their friendship when you see them having so much fun as they bounce off one another as their improvised playing also built a strong connection with the audience. Cal and Kory are obviously very comfortable with performing to live audiences as they make you feel welcome and part of their world. Add to that, their occasional witty remarks or throw-a-way line, and it all mounts up to a great evening of fun and entertainment.
Cal's slide guitar workshop at The Wheatsheaf Hotel.
For those of you who fancy learning the basics of slide guitar and playing with open tunings - check out the blues guitar workshops conducted by Cal Williams Jr - Geetar.com - Beginners welcome; before you know it, you'll be howling at the moon yourself.