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Slambovian Circus of Dreams ~ 2016 June 11 ~ The Turning Point ~ Piermont, NY

... by Joanne Corsano ... joanne@picturelake.com

Sharkey McEwen
Sharkey McEwen shows off his bellbottoms
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Band Personnel: Joziah Longo, lead vocals, guitar, harmonica; Sharkey McEwen, guitar, mandolin, vocals; Eric Puente, drums; Tink Lloyd, accordion, theremin, flute, backing vocals ... also known as Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams ... or ... The Grand Slambovians.

Set List

Sunday In the Rain - Grand Slambovians - Lost Highway - Very Unusual Head - Just Like a Woman {Dylan} - Folsom Prison Pinball / I Wish - Flapjacks From the Sky - Tom Dooley - Step Outta Time ... intermission ... Summer's Day - Glide - Moondog House - Talkin' to the Buddha [abbreviated] - Tink (I Know It's You) - Her Majesty {Beatles} - Oh Susanna / Trans-Slambovian BiPolar Express

Video

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Step Outta Time

Review

The Slambovians played their last show before departing for a tour of England at one of their favorite local venues, The Turning Point in picturesque Piermont, NY on the Hudson River. The band fit better than I had expected they would on The Turning Point's tiny stage, but if the musicians were prone to rock star leaps, they would definitely have hit their heads on the very low ceiling.

The band were looking good tonight. Guitarist Sharkey McEwen was looking especially rawk star in his brand new retro '60s bellbottoms. Multi-instrumentalist Tink Lloyd was also sporting a look I hadn't seen before, with a stylish unhemmed peasant skirt.

A treat for old time fans was the presence of Eric Puente on drums. The band's regular drummer Felipe Torres was unavailable for this show and Eric filled in ably on the skins. Musical highlights of the show included the new "Step Outta Time" (from their Folk II album) and a rousing version of my favorite of their tunes, "Tink (I Know It's You)." While discussing the upcoming trip to England, Joziah broke into a spontaneous improv of "Her Majesty" (that Beatles tune), which was really fun! A version of Dylan's "Just Like a Woman" was also a crowd-pleaser.

I'm not sure that The Turning Point is the best venue for this band. It is so tiny (capacity about 70 at most) that the number of fans didn't seem to reach a critical mass, and the crowd wasn't as enthusiastic as Slambovian crowds usually are. However, I brought a Slambovian newbie to the show (a friend from my college days) and she loved them, going home with a "Very Unusual Head" t-shirt and a Join the Circus button (the latter courtesy of merch girl Cindy).

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