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Eric Andersen with Scarlet Rivera at Hugh’s Room Live

I had Eric Andersen records (remember records?) back when I was in high school and university, but in recent years haven’t heard much of his music. For those who don’t know, he was a New York folkie back in the day, who wrote a number of songs which got some traction. I was aware that at one time he moved to Norway and I knew he played with Rick Danko for a few years. I was also aware that he played Toronto from time to time and the reviews have been very positive. So when Tuffy P suggested we go to his Hugh’s Room show, I didn’t know what to expect.

He brought a percussionist, guitar picker and Scarlet Rivera on violin up to Hugh’s Room. I was familiar with Scarlet Rivera from Rolling Thunder Review back in the 70s, but I didn’t know what she was up to musically either. What was this show going to be like? Would it be a trip down memory lane?

It turned out to be a fabulous show. The music was fresh and vital and wonderfully performed. Occasionally they would play a song which I realized I’ve known for 35 years, but it never seemed nostalgic and that’s some feat. The band was really solid and Andersen, in his mid-70s now, was in great form, dressed all in black, wearing what has become a trademark black fedora. He played guitar, a little harmonic, and a few tunes on piano.

We both enjoyed the evening tremendously. Great show. Dinner – Hugh’s Room is on their umpteenth menu – was really good too. Check out the kale salad when you go, and these days they make a great burger. David, our waiter rocked too. It was a real treat to get out tonight and hear some fantastic live music.

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