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A Happy Homecoming For Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash at Sound Academy
Bedouin Soundclash
Charlie Winston, Michael Rault
Sound Academy in Toronto, ON
November 19, 2010

Review by: Sean McNamara
Photos by: Michelle Cortese

Hometown boys Bedouin Soundclash really wanted to thank people for coming out to see them play. And what's the best way for a band to do this? A career spanning set, containing the best songs from all 4 of their albums, and a very solid contribution from the up-and-coming Charlie Winston.

Bedouin Soundclash

Having been on tour this year promoting their most recent album Light The Horizon, Bedouin Soundclash were happy to be back in Toronto. This was evident as they happily performed an energetic set of their own combination of reggae, rock and soul. Jay Malinowski (vocals, guitar) even vocalised how happy the band was to be home more than a couple of times. The show opened with one of my favourite songs of theirs, "Gyasi Went Home", which got the crowd warmed up and dancing right away.

What amazed me about Bedouin Soundclash on this night was their ability to put together a great set. I found myself continually going "Oh ya, I forgot about this song!" Highlights included songs like the energetic new single "Mountain Top," to the sing-along-inducing "St. Andrews", and even "National Water" off of their first album Root Fire, which included an amazing drum solo by Sekou Lemumba (drums), the band's newest member. Bedouin Soundclash really mixed up their set list, providing a "best of" type of set that the crowd really appreciated, given away by the number of hands waiving in the air and bodies moving to the rhythms. The highlight of the night for many people was the soft, acoustic song "12:59 Lullabye", which was executed perfectly and showed the range of song that Bedouin Soundclash can perform.

A great finale saw a band member of Charlie Winston's band, who goes by the name Hammered Dulcimer (drums), come out and sing a short version of the classic "Stand By Me", which led into the Bedouin Soundclash hit "When The Night Feels My Song". A much enjoyed ending to this evening of great music from one of Toronto's best.

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Charlie Winston

I had heard a bit of a buzz about Charlie Winston going in to the night, and decided to show up a bit early to see what he was all about. I will admit that the first couple of songs I saw were a bit off kilter and seemed long (especially the one which saw Charlie beatboxing for a minute or two). However, the last few songs he played really picked up steam, as his funky brand of folk influenced songs really won over the crowd, and let his talent shine through.

Charlie Winston and his band gave a very energetic performance, dancing around the stage and getting the crowd to clap and sing along with their songs. Bedouin Soundclash singer Jay Malinowski even came out to join in and help sing one of their songs. Highlights included the songs "In Your Hands" and "Like A Hobo".  

Make sure you catch Charlie Winston the next time he is in town!

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Michael Rault

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