It has been a long time since I wrote about Meghan Toohey. Actually, I went to see her play at T.T. the Bear's two weeks ago, but I wasn't in the mood for writing a review.
But seeing her playing accoustic at Club Passim was something I couldn't miss and that I had to write about.
Hewitt Huntwork started the show with an Elton John song. He had a great voice and I liked his material, but he unfortunately only played for about 30 minutes and only played 4 songs. He is pretty talkative on stage!
He presented himself as Meghan Toohey's greatest fan, having been to 21 concerts, plus the 2 Miss Folk America shows. Impressive.
Then came 1h30 of Meghan
Toohey. It was simply exceptionnal. She was supposed to be
alone, and she was on some songs, but she had brought with her her
bass player, her
musical soulmate (sic), Rodrigo @@@, and
a third person from the band: her sampler.
I had seen her play 8 times in the past (yes, only 8 times, not 21 times), and I must say that my feelings for her music were going downhill. The first time I had really seen her my already at Club Passim, and I remember a fantastic show.
Since then, I had seen her in lots of different place, but it was nothing compared to my first time at Club Passim. It was very good, but not great. Until tonight!
It might seem weird, but I have the feeling that Meghan Toohey playing at Club Passim is always the show of the year. She doesn't perform, she has a real dialog with the audience, she makes people participate to the show.
And her music is great. She played new songs (including Silver that is her favorite and is indeed pretty cool), old songs, a cheesy pop song from the 80's on a Yamaha keyboard that she said she stole from her dad, she made people laugh, etc.
She finished the show singing High & Dry by Radiohead with Hewitt Huntwork, and it was the end of a great concert.
If Meghan Toohey plays some place near you, you should definitely go and see her show. If she plays at Club Passim, not going is simply a mistake.
Thank you, Meghan.