“Check, check. 1, 2. 1, 2”
“Sounds mushy” was the comment from the bass guitarist. “1, 2. 1, 2.”
“Check, check. Check, check.”
“Stronger,” advised the drummer, as the speakers shook.
At that moment, my ears would have responded, “Sounds fine to us.” (I felt older than my years at this point in the sound check.)
For someone who would arrive at baseball games as early as possible so I could watch the ground crew prepare the playing field, arriving for the sound check that performers go through has the same appeal—preparing the setting for the best performance possible.
So here we were, listening to the microphone checks for Bodh’aktan, (Bo-DAK-tan) a Celtic rock band appearing on Day 3 at the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, LA.
We had not heard the band, which hailed from Isle de la Madeleine, Quebec, before deciding to attend their performance this evening. But our curiosity of hearing a Celtic rock band brought us this venue.
Then came the unexpected opening. The band’s fiddle player appeared playing a tune.
A fiddle in a rock band?
He was soon joined by the bagpipe piper. They were playing “Ashokan Farewell.”* It was beautiful…and quite unexpected.
But a bagpipe in a rock band??
The other members of the band appeared.
The band pushed its “Go” button and took off. What followed in the next 72 minutes or so was pure musical energy. The combination of the band’s sounds and the members’ movement around the stage was contagious. The result was pure power.
“The word ‘festive’ can be applied to many avenues of life, but it has never held more truth than with Bodh’aktan. Listen and watch uninhibited!”
An accordion plus a bagpipe plus a fiddle in a rock band? Somehow it works--and works extremely well.