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The Schomberg Fair

21-Jul-2008 11:30 PM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
The Schomberg Fair
The Horseshoe in Toronto, Ontario
Photos and Review by: Pete Nema
The Schomberg Fair
The Unionist Ministers
July 17, 2008
Full Photo Set (18 photos)

Whenever I get out and see country-influenced rock, in my reviews I end up saying things like "country-rock isn't my thing" and "not my usual style of listening for home". Yet, there I am, out at the shows and really enjoying myself. So rather than be concerned about what music I want to portray as my likes, I decided to head out to the (weewerk) records showcase at The Horseshoe in an attempt to embrace my inner country.

The Schomberg Fair

In this mood of acceptance, I actually forgot that The Schomberg Fair isn't exactly country-inspired rock. I say this because when they're really into it, I can barely hear the country. It's something else. And whenever I try to think of what that thing that it is, I read my own review from the first time I saw them where I described them as: Western-style folk country southern rock with an edge. I agree with myself. Whatever the classification, it is always a good time seeing this band. Matt Bahen (vocals, guitar) and Nathan Sidon (bass) always give it their all, and that passion transfers to the crowd. And with the crowd right up at the stage, the transfer is immediate, with people hollering and generally have a great time. Late into the night. On a Thursday. I now openly accept that The Schomberg Fair are not only something to go see, but very likely suitable for all sorts of fun, including home listening. Bring it.

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The Unionist Ministers

There are some similarities between The Unionist Ministers and The Schomberg Fair, although The Unionist Ministers certainly incorporate more blues and country influences. The set was toe-tapping fun, and since they were the first band that played after I arrived, my openness to whatever they had to dish out was at a maximum. This is the part where I would've typically said something like "not what I would normally listen to at home", but I won't bother because I know you won't believe me anyway.

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