This past weekend, North Easton released his latest album One of the Lucky Ones with an intimate performance at Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts.
At heart, North is a story teller and this evening was all about stories. From a deeply personal tragedy, to more light hearted moments about coffee and tales of those who have touched his life, North weaved his way through the evening from one short story to another.
Each of North’s songs is a story in itself. Before each song however, he began by describing how the song came to be or what it meant to him. Inevitably, while sharing his thoughts he would strum away at his guitar. At one point, he even poked fun at himself stating it wasn’t possible for him to stand on a stage and not play his guitar.
Breaking the evening up a little, his bandmates from My Favourite Tragedy joined him on stage for a few songs. There was a different energy on stage at this point as North interacted with his bandmates as they played together. For a short time, he was no longer the sole focus.
The acoustics in Saint Brigid’s are fantastic. I wandered around the old church taking photos as North played. Each time I got to the back and listened, you couldn’t help but notice how great it sounded as his voice and the notes from his guitar bounced around the high ceiling and cavernous walls before finding their way to my ears.
I can’t say I recall taking in a performance quite like this before. Where the stories were as important as, maybe even more important, than the music itself. North has a gift for telling tales. Everyone who was present on Saturday can attest to that fact.
If you’d like to hear some North’s stories for yourself, have a listen to One of the Lucky Ones today.