Indie Folk Is Alive And Well

I first saw Gregory Alan Isakov perform at the Newport Folk Festival last summer, and a friend and I have been anxiously awaiting his return to Boston so we could see him in a headlining show. Our patience was rewarded this week at the second of two sold-out shows at The Sinclair!

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Sometimes when an artist wows me at a festival I am slightly disappointed when I see them in a headlining show; this could not be further from the truth with Greg! What a fabulous show (and one of the most respectful audiences I have ever witnessed at a standing venue)!

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Part of the stage tableau

Greg is an indie folk singer-songwriter born in South Africa (which I learned from his Facebook page) but living in Colorado. He is not a flashy performer – he leaves that up to his band – but he captivates his audiences with his well-crafted songs and a voice that is smooth as caramel. He uses what I believe is an Argonne microphone for many of his songs, and I love the effect it has on his voice.

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Greg leaves it up to his band to provide the ‘flash’ for his fantastic songs. Jeb Bows on violin and vocals, Phil Parker on cello and vocals, Jamie Mefford on drums, and Steve Varney on guitar, banjo and vocals comprise his band.

Jeb Bows

Jeb Bows

Jamie Mefford

Jamie Mefford

Phil Parker

Phil Parker

Steve Varney

Steve Varney

With three albums under his belt and hopefully a new one on the way (they performed a couple of new songs as I recall), Greg has more than enough material to fill a headlining setlist. They played songs from all three albums, although most came from his 2013 release, The Weatherman. That album contains ‘Amsterdam’, ‘Saint Valentine’, and ‘Suitcase Full of Sparks’, at least two of which they played.

Jeb Bows, Jamie Mefford, Steve Varney,

Steve Varney, Jamie Mefford, Jeb Bows

Although I do not believe ‘All Shades of Blue’ was on the setlist (sometimes it is hard for me to remember what was performed when I know and listen often to the artist’s albums), I want to share part of that song’s lyrics to give you an idea of his songwriting. “broken bottles shine just like stars/make a wish anyway/just your smile lit a sixty-watt bulb in my house/that was darkened for days/been thinking you probably should stay/yeah, I think that you probably should stay”.

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Greg, I think you probably should stay on the music scene… Your voice needs to be heard.

Gregory Alan Isakov

Steve Varney, Jamie Mefford, Jeb Bows, Gregory Alan Isakov, Phil Parker

Jolie Holland opened the show. Honestly, the audience and I were underwhelmed although I liked her a bit better when she sang with Greg.

Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

See him while you can in smaller venues; these shows sold over 1,000 tickets so Greg is probably headed for bigger and less intimate venues.

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Jamie Mefford and Jeb Bows

Jamie Mefford and Jeb Bows

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Phil Parker

Phil Parker

Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov

Ticket courtesy of Gregory Alan Isakov; all opinions are my own.

About suze72

I've loved the arts all my life... I go to a lot of concerts, take lots of photos and want to share them. Every once in a while I do something other than a concert, too. The Boston area is full of opportunities to indulge my passion - I'd like to help make it yours too!

Posted on April 18, 2015, in concert photos, concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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