Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Fine Music, Fun times and Friends of the CBC

The Brentwood United Church was rocking Saturday night. The Cranbrook/Kootenay based band, As the Crow Flies, put on an amazing show. The Brentwood Bay Folk Club, now called Music in the Bay, provides an open stage on the third Saturday of the month and then follows that with a feature performer. If this past Saturday was typical it's worth the drive out the West Saanich Road to Brentwood for themusical get together.

The open stage featured classic folk, klezmer music, a cowboy poet and Dave Clark, guitarist and song writer who will be doing a full show in the new year. Then As the Crow Flies did their first set just to give the crowd of about a hundred a taste of what was to come. No one left early.

As the Crow Flies did pieces from both their CD's and some new songs they've written. It was definitely a CBC-friendly crowd. Mike Hefer, from the band, said their tour has been very difficult without CBC Radio to help get the word out about their shows. When the host from the Folk Club introduced me, so I could introduce the band, she talked about missing her new CBC friend from All Points West. That felt good. So did the loud cheer and round of applause from the crowd when CBC Radio was mentioned.

After 5 weeks it's easy to start wondering if anybody cares....and Saturday night was a perfect antidote for that feeling. Now what's the story behind the truck with the sign on its tailgate that says in bold print "I hate the CBC"?

Thanks Brentwood and As the Crow Flies.

Jo-Ann Roberts


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