Frazey Ford - When I reviewed her CD for Folkworld, I was impressed and wanted to see how the material worked live. Obviously that chance came tonight when this Vancouver based singer and her backing band came to the Iota. Frazey Ford has a lovely voice, somewhat fragile, but with a rootsy feel in the blend. She is able to smoothly transition from other-worldly to grounded. She plays acoustic guitar often and has bass, drums and an electric guitarist who adds a bit of banjo and backing vocals. A few songs were a bit too much of the country twang for me, but that is a minor criticism. Mostly, the songs were easy to get involved with and had enough subtle variety to keep interest. The audience was fairly sizable and was into the set. It was nice to not hear much noise from the crowd, aside from the ridiculously loud ever-present printer at one of the bars. Nice set and a nice night out on a lovely Sunday evening.
Quote of the Night: From the opener... "Do you like the banjo?