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Heather Dale

  • 3rd Mar, 2005 at 6:52 PM

On Tuesday night, I went with Barbara, Christine and Pat to the Vieux Dublin. Actually, Joe showed up part-way through the night, which was a nice surprise.

I was completely unaware that we were there to hear someone sing. So I was surprised when a woman walked over, introduced herself, thanked us for showing up, and handed out leaflets. Her name is Heather Dale, and apparently Pat knew her before in a different setting.

I recognised the name quickly, because I recall icedrake trying to get a bunch of people to go to her concert, when she was performing in Waterloo. She got her degree in Environmental Studies there, so I guess it's quite the leap to turn into a performing songwriter that travels the country. Certainly bars have more character than cubicles, even if you do have to suffer with the hair/clothing damage induced by smoke.

Heather had a very clear voice, which suited some of her airy songs. But it didn't work so well for any of her darker songs, which really require a darker, huskier tone. Still, her performance was quite enjoyable. I especially like the digital sequencer she brought along, which she had cable-tied to her keyboard. But I'm always a sucker for toys with buttons on them.


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4th Mar, 2005 00:05 (UTC)
NOW you understand! Well, mostly. Since I think that her bloodthirsty, dark songs (did she do Crashing Down? one of my favourites) are done very well. But hey, all a matter of taste, right?
4th Mar, 2005 22:59 (UTC)
I find something eerily sinister about a beautiful thing expressing something dark. I saw this photo the other day of (I believe it was) Cate Blanchett, chin slightly down, looking up at the photographer with eyes framing irises that seemed far too dark and a little too big. Same effect. Wish I could find the photo now, to show...

Anyhow, interesting connection!
5th Mar, 2005 22:47 (UTC)
Ah, it was not Cate... it was Tilda Swinton... second picture on this page specifically... http://imdb.com/name/nm0842770/photogallery-granitz-0
5th Mar, 2005 00:10 (UTC)
(nods) I'm a big fan of her work, and would like someday to see her in person. She's on a list of such folks, mostly in the same genre.
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