Friday, July 31, 2009

8/2: The Horse's Ha at Beachland

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 8:00 AM

While many recent additions to the world of folk music think that all you need to be Americana is an acoustic guitar and a bottle of whiskey, the Horse’s Ha create more nuanced and soothing takes on backwoods traditions. The band’s latest album, Of the Cathmawr Yards, offers the sort of wispy, mournful dirges and lazy-summer ballads Bonnie “Prince” Billy plays. These tunes come complete with sorrowful fiddle lines, dusty upright bass, shuffling drum beats and even jazzy undertones. Singers Janet Beveridge and James Elkington — who harmonize with a casual, yet perfected, tone — also help. They add melodic complexity to already well-orchestrated tunes, making the tracks on Of the Cathmawr Yards not only pleasing at first listen, but also well worth those return spins. Golden Ox open at 8:30 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $8. — Matt Whelihan

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