The Dundee Acoustic Music club hosted the Russell deCarle trio. Perhaps best known as the lead vocalist and bassist with the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster Russell deCarle is on the road with his trio for a tour of the UK and Ireland. The trio format gives him the opportunity to switch to guitar and perform songs from his extensive musical bank. The chance for his strong voice to show his breadth of material shows he is much more than a country singer, the set moved from torch ballad crooner to bluesy tinged songs, old time country and old time rock and roll. Not afraid to revisit songs and celebrate influences from his early career he reminded listeners of how valid a song can remain despite the passing of decades. From the pens of song smiths such as: Hank Snow, Leiber and Stoller, Jamie Rodgers alongside self penned compositions and songs from the Prairie Oyster repertoire it was clear that the set list was stacking up to be a killer set.
Completing the trio was Denis Keldie on Accordion and Steve Briggs from Toronto one of Canada’s finest guitarists, a graduate of Berklee college of music. He is a mainstay of the acclaimed western swing orchestra The Beebop Cowboys he has a li1st of studio credits including Leon Redbone he is also a highly regarded award winning guitar instructor.
Denis Keldie on accordion completed the trio a Toronto based multi instrumentalist who has recorded over 200 albums including projects with Jeff Healey, Etta James and Doug Reily. Denis began his musical career at the age of 9 on accordion soon he turned his attention to piano and Hammond B3 organ he is regarded by those in the know as a B3 virtuso.
No journeymen musicians these, their varied side projects brought a wealth of sounds and styles to the framework of Russel deCarle’s songs. Never imposing but adding deft touches of their own to the arrangements kept things lively and fresh throughout the afternoon. Steve Brigg’s guitar playing showed a hard swinging country style with flourishes out of the Django Reinhardt gypsy style combined with the accordion of Denis Keldie who demonstrated a range of Tex mex, Cajun, Zydeco, Jazz that was a master class in its self.
Russell deCarle has clearly lost none of his enthusiasm during his 40 year musical career a full 2 hour set that never flagged or waivered a very clear demonstration of what experience and togetherness with fellow musicians can achieve.