As the mercury was falling outside, high spirits and great music warmed the The Shaskeen on Thursday night. While it isn’t the norm, there was a full lineup for the backroom that crossed genres. Kicking off the night was one of Manchester’s own Tristan Omand.
Omand is another of Manchester’s local talents shined as he recited most of the tracks from a recently released full length CD, “Wandering Time,” for his part of Thursday night’s show. If you've heard Omand before then you know that his unique voice is one that immediately captivates you. With a twang in his voice and the finger picking on the electric acoustic made this country/folk/Americana singer / songwriter someone that you could just sit back, enjoy a beer, and listen to all night long. You can do just that too, on the last Tuesday of the month you’ll Omand plays at The Shaskeen with other shows scheduled throughout the Northeast that you can find on his website.
Following Omand was Denver Boot who brought only part of the band from Rhode Island. The band seemed to be cut short and after only just a few tracks they were told there was only time for one more. This was disappointing to the crowd that formed in the backroom and left many hoping they will come back soon. If This band can produce a quality sound with a drummer, violinist, and an acoustic guitar, you can only guess at how they perform with the inclusion of a banjo and a bass. Unfortunately we won't be able to see them again for at least a couple months as they are taking a short break from touring to record a new EP.
Closing out the night was The Old Edison. Up from Boston this band completely changed the tempo of things as they hit the stage. It was rather unfortunate that just as the strings started to pop on the guitar and everyone in the room began to close in towards the stage, making the room seem very small, I found it time to head out for the night.
All the bands playing on this chilly evening were great. The true delight taken away from this Thursday evening was that in a show that had music crossing genres, every minute of it was enjoyable; even if the night did seem to slip by far too quickly.
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