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Carbon Leaf and Great Big Sea

On Friday night we went to Wolf Trap with a group led by Tamnonlinear to see Carbon Leaf and Great Big Sea (that "folk" band from the tropical island of Newfoundland). We had prime-o seats out on the lawn, an excellent picnic, and plenty of room to sprawl, squirm, and eventually stand up and dance.

Carbon Leaf and GBS ere a good match for a pair of bands sharing the same stage, in that they overlapped in tone and mindset, but certainly were independent thoughts from one another. Carbon Leaf had some power ballads that were delightful counterpoint to their lighter fare. Among the more painfully good songs was "The War was in Color" :

Where to begin? Let's start with the end.
This black and white photo don't capture the skin.
From the flash of a gun to a soldier who's done
Trust me grandson
The war was in color


After Carbon Leaf came the main act, Great Big Sea.

Great Big Sea was a ton of fun, and quite appreciative of Carbon Leaf, who GBS mentioned in thanks several times. The GBS band members are obviously still in love with each other, and it showed in all kinds of fun ways that a band can create on stage. The music was good - solid musicianship with excellent energy. They sprinkled their own compositions with a generous helping of the old standbys from every chanty sing/RenFest I've ever enjoyed. The running gag of the evening was of Sean being afraid of Santa Claus ("cause he's a creepy b-tard"). It started with a crack about Sean growing a beard during the band's time off from touring, then something about a Santa-sized beard, and by the end of the evening we had been treated to a full-band-plus-audience-sing-along of "Do They Know It's Christmastime" (with a reprise during "When I am King"), and "So This is Christmas," among other various musical hijinks.

The night was good. It was loads of fun that could not be washed away by the rain which came in waves across the show and that eventually tried to drown us in the parking lot as we were leaving. My one true complaint (not about the rain) was that for the whole evening, the music out on the lawn was overmodulated and the vocals were hard to understand. Because of that, it was a lot of work being a new fan trying to hear and understand and catch the music while everyone else already knew it and was just groovin' on the energy and the spirit of the crowd. CK and I were newbies to both bands, so we were taunted at times by lyrics that sounded painfully wonderful, but didn't quite stick flat into my head the first time around. The entire rest of our group (except for jazzfish) was up and dancing by the end of intermission, while we were still trying to capture each word. Towards the end of the show CK and I were in a little island of people still trying to stay seated, and even we gave gave up and stood for the encores. Thankfully, CK bought an album from each of them, so we will have time to fall in love slowly now. ETA: CK bought two Carbon Leaf albums, but took them with him on travel, so I am left to hum along to whatever I can download.

Great Big Sea - "Consequence Free"
I couldn’t sleep at all last night
Cause I had so much on my mind
I’d like to leave it all behind,
But you know it’s not that easy

I wanna be consequence free
I wanna be where nothing needs to matter
I wanna be consequence free just sing
Na Na Na Na Na Ne Na Na Na


The set list for reference:

Carbon Leaf
Indecision
Another Man's Woman
Life Less Ordinary
What About Everything
One Prairie Outpost
Let your Troubles Roll By
Lake of Silver Bells
The War Was in Color
Seed
The Boxer

Great Big Sea
Donkey Riding
Captain Kidd
Love Me Tonight
The Night Pat Murphy Died
When I'm Up (I can't get down)
Lukey
England
So This Is Christmas
Concerning Charley Horse
Do They Know its Christmas
When I am King
General Taylor
Run, Run Away
Penelope
I'm a Rover
Helmet Head
Feel it Turn
Consequence Free
Mari-Mac
Ordinary Day
----Encore #1-----
Sea of No Cares
Old Black Rum
----Encore #2-----
The River Driver
Excursion Around the Bay
Fortune Set

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