Troubadours were poets and singers who used to travel around and perform to nobles. It has since come to mean someone who sings folk songs or is a poet who writes verses to music. Last weekend, on a quiet Saturday night, two local troubadours and two of the best solo acts were appearing in town at the same time. On February 22nd Evan Wilds appeared at Match in the Cascades Casino and Lindsay May appeared at the Tumbleweed Lounge in the Plaza Hotel. May travels the world playing a mix of original and cover songs, generally in the roots genres and pop. She has a number of CDs available. The most recent is a seasonal album called Sweet Cinnamon. The set I attended, May played “1,2,3,4 Wrapped” off it.
She also covered “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic, Sheryl Crow’s “Soak Up the Sun” and Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love.” May also leads Lindsay May & the Mayhem. The quiet, after dinner audience, in this smaller venue, enjoyed her show. Up the hill at Match, fellow troubadour Evan Wilds was entertaining the early evening diners and gamblers who were taking a break, in this larger room, amid large screens with sports highlights being repeated. He plays in other venues in the interior of British Columbia, too.
Wilds plays mainly cover material and generally figures out what his audience will appreciate and the occasional original tune. He started with “Moon Shadow” by Cat Stevens, a couple of early Beatle songs, “Hotel California” by the Eagles, and morphed into “Fly” by Sugar Ray and Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” The usually, distracted audience appreciated his music. Wilds also is a founding member of the band “Earthbound.”
While their styles may differ, May and Wilds are very talented and offer an enjoyable evening at all their gigs.
I had a very, enjoyable evening catching these different, but very talented troubadours entertain. To keep up with upcoming shows check out the CFBX Live Music Listing link at thex.ca.