Fri. Feb. 11: Same Latitude of Rome & friends at The FM Lounge

Posted: February 11, 2011 by Windsor Zene in Live Performances, Previews
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Cottam’s Peter Boyer – the main force behind Windsor’s storytelling folk troupe Same Latitude As Rome – is perhaps one of Windsor’s most underrated songwriters. Perhaps its that at first glance he just looks like one of Windsor’s elder statesmen, and that perhaps this is just something he needs to do to stay young. But you’d be grossly mistaken making an assumption like that. He’s a critically acclaimed songwriter – last year his tune “Song for Louis Riel” got an honourable mention in the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest (anther song, “Easy Street” took the same at the 2007 affair), the year previous “The Faerie Queen” took the same honour at the UK Songwriting Contest. In 2008, their album Which Side of the Line Are You On? was nominated for Best Folk Album at the 2008 Independent Music Awards in Toronto. And his talent has carried on – he’s the father of the Boyer sisters – Anneke, Christine and Heather – who dominated the late ’90’s and early 2000’s of Windsor’s live music scene as Anneke’s Star.

This Friday, Same Latitude As Rome – named after the fact that Cottam (and Essex County) shares the same latitudinal co-ordinates as Rome, Italy – bring their unique folk sound to The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, beside Pogo’s) and bring in a few guests to share the night.

Opening up the night is George Manury, one of Windsor’s most beloved and respected musicians. Longtime drummer/vocalist in rock and roll stalwarts Ten Indians and electrorchestral pop group Two For The Cascade, as well as prior stints in indie rock faves itzjunk and Magic Hall of Mirrors, Manury released and toured for a gem of an EP entitled simply george m. The track “MilesDavisKindaBlueSundayMorningRain” is a killer.

Also on hand are the eclectic sound stylings of the schizophrenic Thrash Brownies. In the past month, this is their third moniker, having previously performed as The Mellon Collie Flowers (at FunnelFest) and a lengthy stint as The STiG. A smattering of fuzz, groove, the occasional melody and dark sense of dread and satire (with Jeff Stiles at the helm, would you expect any less?), these guys – regardless what they’re name is – are one of the music scenes hidden treats.

There’s a lot of shows Friday night showcasing the new youth movement in Windsor’s music scene. This one is a reminder that we still have a few veterans who continue to play with the same passion and desire after all these years as they did when they were the same age as the young bands sharing the night elsewhere.

Same Latitude As Rome with special guests The Thrash Brownies and George Manury, The FM Lounge (156 Chatham St. West, beside Pogo’s), 9pm


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