Live Review: Ron Sexsmith with Mo Kenney @ Capitol Theatre, Moncton, Sat. Feb. 4, 2012

It was a sold-out audience that greeted Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith in Moncton this past Saturday night.

Making his first appearance in the city since 2007, Sexsmith is riding a renewed interest in his music in large part due to last year’s excellent studio record Long Player Late Bloomer.

Halifax singer Mo Kenney got the evening off to a marvelous start. What she might have lacked in stage presence she more than made up for with a truly remarkable voice. Sharing with the audience that she is currently working on her full-length record with Haligonian Joel Plaskett, you should really expect to see big things from Kenney in the future. It’s not every day that you see an opening act receive a standing ovation however Kenney’s rousing set-closing take on David Bowie’s song Five Years earned her that standing ovation with flying colours.

Despite at one point telling the audience that he was stricken with a throat infection, headliner Ron Sexsmith pulled off a nearly flawless set, mixing in songs from the bulk of his albums. Backed by a most excellent band, Sexsmith’s voice only started to show weakness in the last couple of songs of his set. The perfect mix of humility and humour, Sexsmith breezed through tracks including Blue Boy’s Cheap Hotel, Gold In Them Hills, Brandy Alexander, Secret Heart and Strawberry Blonde. His latest record was well represented by songs such as Get In Line, Love Shines, Late Bloomer and the audience requested Eye Candy.

With a new record due out later this year, hopefully we won’t have to wait another almost five years to see Sexsmith ’round these parts again.


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