Huron Carole review Jam On-Line
Friday, December 19, 1997

Carole a classic hit


Ottawa Sun

Everyone won with The Huron Carole Concert Tour.

The fans got a shot at catching three hours of solid performances from a stellar lineup of some of Canada's top country and acoustic acts.

Food banks and those they serve were the big winners, because they're the financial beneficiaries of the shows.

Tour organizer, performer and co-host Tom Jackson announced that last night's concert before 1,500 fans had raised some $26,000.

Moxy Fruvous kicked things off with their trademark combination of a capella vocals and socially-conscious lyrics.

Their segment ranged from a take on the Bee Gees' I've Gotta Get A Message To You, to a full-blown shot at the Harris government on Today's The Day We Fight Back.

Newcomer Duane Steele offered up a couple of tracks from his new CD and closed with a deadly Arlo Guthrie-style version of It Came Upon A Midnight Clear.

Another up-and-comer, Stephanie Beaumont, stayed on the more anthemic side of things. And Patricia Conroy absolutely rocked out on songs like You Can't Resist It.

Local favorites Prescott-Brown featured a couple of cool Christmas tracks, including Tracey and Randall's daughter Kelly doing a great job on Boogie Woogie Santa Claus.

Fred Eaglesmith carved up the night with his straight ahead Steve Earle-style vocal approach.

And the show ended with Jackson kicking up a storm with a series of supercharged tunes, then setting the mood with his deep vocal mastery of The Huron Carole.

Jackson also hammed it up with actor and co-host Graham Greene, who helped direct the evening onto more serious ground on a few occasions.

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