Posted in: Concerts & Events, First Friday, Local Talent, News | No Comments | October 5, 2021
Sarniaâ€™s First Friday Celebration October 2015: El Camino at The Cheeky Monkey
Review and Â Photos By Brian Hay
One of lifeâ€™s lessons: Things donâ€™t always go as planned.
That was the situation for the owners of the Cheeky Monkey and the members of El Camino on Friday night. Singer and rhythm guitarist Scott Whyte had been fighting laryngitis all week and was just beginning to get his voice back. Cancelling would have been understandable but it wasnâ€™t what anyone wanted to do. Playing could be done, but sparingly. The trio opted to go for it.
Another lesson: If the band isnâ€™t giving up the audience shouldnâ€™t either.
[Scott] Whyte may have felt like he was having to bribe his vocal chords to keep him company but his musical skills and understanding of the songs wasnâ€™t diminished in the least. He has good control over his pitch so his singing was still even and wanting to be able to deliver them likely added a bit more to an element that, intangible as it is, makes the difference as to whether a performance of piece of music is genuinely moving or not.
Lead and rhythm guitarist Marvin Eskritt gave a stellar example of what characterizes tasteful playing. Whether using an acoustic or electric instrument his work was fluid, expressive, and restrained in a way that made it a joy to hear. Drummer Steve Bird injected creative fills into solid timekeeping to provide the backbeat, mark the changes, and bridge the spaces between musical lines. Scott Whyte placed his chording between the drums and under the lead guitar to augment the push that kept the songs driving forward (and proved that laryngitis affects the throat, not hearing, hands or timing).
Above all: Quality invariably trumps quantity.
They spaced breaks between groupings of two and three songs to rest Scottâ€™s voice. It prevented them from building any momentum and many people left because of it, but they shouldnâ€™t have. This trio meshes with a feel thatâ€™s beautifully unforced and that wasnâ€™t affected at all. If anything they focused more on that due to circumstances. With their desire to do as much as possible heightened by circumstance the songs they played emerged as flawless jewels. ‘Sultans of Swingâ€™ by Dire Straits and Steve Earlâ€™s ‘I Ainâ€™t Ever Satisfiedâ€™, in particular, came through with combinations of precision and passion that would have drawn resounding nods of approval from their authors. The last number, in particular, was sensational.
The people who left missed an absolute nugget.
For more photos CLICK HERE
Leave a Reply