NOV. 21 YE OLDE SQUIRE DEC. 12 CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Kindred performing at their Variety Nites concert, August 26 at the Wellness Complex Theatre. (File photo Joe Barkovich)
By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
WELLAND – Looking for a Christmas gift for that, you know, someone-who-has-everything person in your life?
Well, a ticket or tickets to Kindred’s Christmas Concert might be your answer.
This amazing local group of talented performers will be back on stage at the Welland Community Wellness Complex on Saturday, December 12 in their third annual Christmas concert.
We caught them back in August at the closing Variety Nites Concert Series performance at the same venue and were so impressed we vowed to attend another. So now it’s coming up and we’re going, we already have tickets in hand. Had we become groupies after just one live performance? Could be. That’s how impressive this group is, vocally and instrumentally.
I’m told the Christmas concert will be a mix of the best of Kindred’s “roots music”, and Christmas and gospel tunes.
This means a program of carols – Celtic and traditional – as well as some “fun” secular pieces and “modern” Christmas/winter tunes that showcase the vocals and instrumentation of Kindred, according to manager Don Romano.
Kindred’s musicians and vocalists are: David and Joni Romano, Darlene Romano, Ken and Amy Elder, and Natalie Walker and Dave DiMarco.
Without giving away too, too much about the concert, Don Romano provided some of the content: Good King Wenceslas, Silent Night, O Holy Night, White Christmas, an instrumental version of What Child Is This, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Christmas in Killarney, Steve Earle’s Nothing But A Child, Gordon Lightfoot’s Song For a Winter’s Night, and many more pieces – some well known, others maybe not so well known.
The concert is in the Wellness Complex theatre from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets, $8 for passholders and $10 for non-passholders, are now available from the Wellness Complex office. And talk about gifts, the ticket price is just that, too.
In addition, Kindred is being featured at a special night at Ye Olde Squire Pub, Seaway Mall, on Saturday, November 21. Look for a dinner feature and call to book your space. That evening, Kindred will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
(Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)
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WELLAND – Kindred played to a full house in the Welland Community Wellness Complex theatre Wednesday night. Deservedly so.
It was the final performance of the summer in the Variety Nites concert series. I walked out wondering: was this concert really in Welland or was it at some other venue, like Massey Hall perhaps? Was I dreaming?
Nope, it was the real thing. Believe it or not, I still can’t believe it.
It was also my first time listening to this collection of talented, versatile musicians. Why did it take so long? Have to admit I was hooked right off the bat: their rendition of Don’t Think Twice, in my memory banks a Joan Baez classic that I listened to over and over and over in the 60s on one or another of her LPs, stole my heart. I was theirs for the rest of the evening. It was superb, musically and vocally.
Could say, and will, the same thing about Wild Mountain Thyme, especially based on the reaction of the two guys behind us, who were in seventh heaven or thereabouts by the time it was over. I’m only going to mention one other piece because it’s not my intention to fully review the performance – Evangeline. Wow! Emmylou Harris did this on her album with the same name (with backup vocals by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Robbie Robertson), but some say it is best remembered as part of The Last Waltz. Kindred’s offering last night was mighty, mighty fine! Well, maybe I’ll throw in one more (after all, close to 30 tunes were performed): Blue Bayou.Roy Orbison would have been proud.
Kindred’s musicians are: David Romano, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals; Darlene Romano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, vocals; Joni Romano, percussion, mandolin, pennywhistle, keyboard, vocals; Ken Eller, bass guitar, vocals; Amy Elder, keyboards, mandolin, accordion, percussion, vocals; Natalie Walker, fiddle, percussion, vocals; Dave DiMarco, drums.
Late in the performance, it was announced Kindred has a Christmas concert coming up, at the same venue, Dec. 12. Tickets are now available. I can make a recommendation and will, without reservation: Don’t think twice about buying tickets, go out and get them before they’re gone! You won’t be disappointed.
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