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Sarah Harmer Rocks -- and So Does Jeremy Fisher!

Friday, November 05, 2004
I had the thrill of hearing Sarah Harmer play in Peterborough this evening. I have been a huge fan of hers for years, and had the privilege of interviewing her for my book Canuck Chicks and Maple Leaf Mamas a few years back, but this was the first opportunity I'd had to see Sarah in concert.

Sarah's performance was fabulous from start to finish. Sarah played all of my favourite songs, and brought me to tears with her renditions of both "Dandelions in Bullet Holes" and "You Were Here." Sarah was clearly in an introspective mood, letting the audience know that this her beloved cat had passed away earlier in the week, and that that was weighing heavily on her mind -- that and the election results from south of the border. But that didn't stop her from telling funny stories throughout the evening and from concluding with a hilarious song about living well and having your debts wiped out when you die. (I guess your bank records don't go with you.) She gave the audience two encores, and for that she earned a much-deserved standing ovation. She also promised Peterborough that she'd be back, and we'll be holding her to that promise!

Something else you need to know: Sarah introduced Peterborough to the music of another very talented artist, Jeremy Fisher, who opened for her at tonight's concert. One of Jeremy's songs, "Fall for Anything," is a powerful song about standing up for what you truly believe in. It's already become one of my new favourite songs. I loved the way that Jeremy improvised, joked, and generally made do when he broke a guitar string midway through his act, playing 5-string versions of many of his 6-string songs. Talk about grace under pressure.

Anyway, it was a truly memorable concert -- one I'll be thinking about for a very long time. Thank you, Sarah and Jeremy, for including Peterborough on your list of tour dates. You are both class acts in the truest sense of the word.

| posted by Ann D @ 12:47 AM