The Weather Station Lake Stage, Guelph ON, July 25
Published Jul 26, 2015Under the moniker of the Weather Station, Tamara Lindeman crafts beautiful folk songs that harken back to an older time, while still offering up a unique and powerful storytelling voice. And while her gentle folksy croon and melodic guitar work may seem the perfect fit for a rural Ontario folk festival, her set was dampened by an unfortunate dinnertime slot and a restless, talkative crowd.
Nevertheless, Lindeman took the stage with a full band — including Ian Kehoe, Ben Whitely and Geordie Gordon — as well as two impossibly angelic backup singers. The larger lineup filled the stage with nearly spiritual folk sounds, balanced out with pangs of twangy grit, though ultimately the set was a bit too mellow to fully engage the overflowing tent. At one point Lindeman announced: "We're gonna play a slow jam," then immediately called herself out jokingly with, "You guys are like 'It gets slower?'"
And while those delicate, quiet moments are gorgeous on record, the buzz of a busy festival crowd only drowned them out, especially during a could-have-been-highlight solo rendition of "I Mined." Instead, the high point arrived with a dark, bluesy — and comparatively louder — penultimate performance of Loyalty track "Way It Is Way It Could Be." For those paying attention, it was a set well worth hearing.