you think of the true meaning of the phrase spine tingling
harmonies the vocals of the Australian group Fruit immediately
pop to mind. Other descriptors would be the words fresh
and truly interesting from a musical point of view . They are
part rock, part pop, part alternative and one hundred per cent
entertainment. Fruit rocked to an enthusiastic crowd of Seldovians
and visitors Thursday night in the Seldovia Village Tribe tent
courtesy of the Seldovia Arts Council. This last event in the
2002 Summer Season was Fruits second visit to Seldovia.
Seldovians flocked to the performance ready to savor once again
the eclectic variety of Sam Lohs, songwriter and guitarist, Mel
Watson on vocals, guitar, saxes, horns, Catherine Oates, bass
guitar and vocals, Susie Keynes songwriter, vocals and guitar
and Yanya Boston, drums and vocals.
LIVE MUSIC once again giving this quiet village a chance to take
flight for a few hours on the wings of rhythm, transporting it
and bonding it and connecting it.
songs performed were original compostitions by band members of
Fruit which can be heard on their CDs, Here for Days
and Fruit Live in the Basement.
In A song called Islands. Catherine Oats began by
whistling a simple melody to which the Susie and Sam added harmony,
then Yanya added a beat, reaching a crescendo during the outstanding
solos on the trumpet and sax by Mel Watson. Simple then complex,
quiet then rocking, the music wove in and out as the light from
the setting Alaskan sun kissed the faces on these wonderful perfomers.
Mel sculpted the air with her hands, her voice and a variety of
instruments,. in an almost dance-like performance of the song,
Momma, Momma, Momma! I never knew what this love was
gonna be, Momma! Sam made us laugh with her latin
lover antics in a song about Pedro and Susie gave us a
sneak preview of the unrecorded song Jellyfish which
had been inspired by their trip to Alaska last season. It was
a dynamite concert to say the very least!!!
Seldovia Arts Council would like to thank those who helped to
sponsor this event: the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the
Bayview Suites, the Seldovia Village Tribe, Darlene Crawford,
Mike and Mary Webber, The Seldovia Rowing Club Bed and Breakfast,
the stage crew: Andy Criscuolo, Mary Glover, Susan Mumma, Savannah
Lewis. Shawn and Tom on sound, (Downward Dog Productions) and
Lynn Corwin. Review by Susan Mumma