Sunday, June 12, 2011: THE TRAVELLING MABELS

Sometimes one is privileged to witness something they will never forget.

This afternoon, , my wife and I drove the Cowboy Trail out to the Longview Community Hall.  We stopped in to the Longview Hotel for a bite to eat and then drove a few kilometers away to the Community Hall to hear “The Travelling Mabels”.   The Mabels are a trio of exceptional female singers: vocalist, guitarist Eva Levesque, her daughter Suzanne on vocals and bass guitar and Lana Floen – guitar and vocals.  Keith Floen on keys is their music director – and a very good one to be sure

Their album is one I play frequently – but their live sound is something to witness.  If you love the sound of the “Secret Sisters” – you’ll love “The Travelling Mabels”.  One song in their set – the one written for them by Canadian singer/songwriter icon Ian Tyson – was performed by the man himself today.  The audience stood in respect as Ian Tyson approached the stage and stood again after his performance of “Song in a Dream” with the Mabels.

It was a pleasure to meet with them after the show – I’m fortunate to work with Lana – the vocal sound of the trio was exceptional.

Watch for “The Travelling Mabels” – they have a busy upcoming schedule.  On Thursday, June 16 at 8 pm on CBC television, they will be performing alongside some great Canadian musicians in the Slave Lake Benefit Concert.

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