Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A double dose of Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber

History

I am fortunate enough to have gotten to know Bert Lams and Tom Griesgraber over the past few years. During August of 2009, I had blogged about seeing them perform 3 house concerts here, here, and here.

Since they have strong ties to the Austin, they frequently use it as a regional basecamp, performing multiple house concerts in the area. As a result, I had the pleasure of seeing them perform twice this weekend.

FEFC - Friday, January 4th


Bert and Tom

My friend, Bruce Stoft, set up a concert once again at the First Evangelical Free Church. The room provided had exceptional acoustics.

I estimate that they performed for about 70 minutes. They are now performing a lot of material from their latest CD project, Unamed Lands. Most importantly, they sounded wonderful.

Setlist

I noted the following songs during their set:

  • Where the Trail Divides
  • Don't Look Back
  • Prairie Suite
  • A Letter Home
  • War Dance
  • Rebecca
  • Bert Solo: Nascent - Prelude from Bach's First Cello Suite
  • Victors Chase
  • Unearthly Screams Shattered
  • Pacific
Encore
  • Train to Lamy Suite

House Concert - Saturday, January 5th


Bert and Tom

The next night was a little more intimate, since it was in house, located on scenic Mount Bonnell. Once again, Bert and Tom delivered an outstanding set of music, to a crowd which included several Guitar Craft alumni.

Setlist

  • Where the Trail Divides
  • Don't Look Back
  • Prairie Suite
  • A Letter Home
  • War Dance
  • Rebecca
  • Unearthly Screams Shattered
  • Pacific
Encore
  • Train to Lamy Suite
  • Suzanne Oleson joined Tom and Bert for a song she had written for her band, Chasing Blue.

Before the end of the month

These shows were also a warmup, of sorts. I will be seeing Bert perform again on the 27th of this month in Austin, with the California Guitar Trio, along with the Montreal Guitar Trio, at the One World Theater. I can't wait.

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