'Psychedelic Pholk Psongs'
Brian Gladstone performed a highly entertaining concert along with the 'psychedelic pholkies' in his fine band, on the spacious lawn outside Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East, in downtown Toronto, on Thurs. July 11, 2002. He was just one of several talented Toronto artists who took part in the 'Concert In the Park' series, held at noon this past summer; every weekday, from 12:30 p.m., to 1:30 p.m. This popular event draws music lovers of all ages, who are attracted to the beautiful outdoor ambience, and the friendly, small town feeling. Brian's band consists of himself on guitar and vocals; the irreplaceable Tony Quarrington also playing guitar; Brian's sister Bonnie Gladstone on background vocals and percussion; as well as Canadian drum ace, Maureen Brown, whose drumming technique is priceless.
Gladstone et al, played many favorites, culled from his vast repertoire of rousing original tunes. One of these, was "Save the Wolverine" - it's pure genius! It's atmospheric and moody offerings, howl with suspense. "The Orange Juice Song" is friendly and upbeat; as is Gladstone and the rest of the 'psychedelic pholkies' in this great band. Gladstone's guitar itself, is a work of art; with it's navy blue 'sky and stars' motif, accented by a 'blazing sun' emanating from the sound hole.
The weather was charmingly sunny and fun to be out in that day. There were 'kids' from 8 months to 80 years out to enjoy Gladstone's original compositions and the beautiful weather. We couldn't have asked for a better day, better music, or a better venue than the open-air concept 'The Concert In the Park' series offers downtowners here in Toronto.
This annual summer event is known as 'Summer In the Park'. It's held on the grounds of Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East, (at Church St.) at noon, weekdays in downtown Toronto. Brian Gladstone and his 'pholky phriends' will return there, Thurs. July 24th, 2003.
Also of special note: There's a free folk festival at Mel Lastman Square in Toronto, Sat. June 28, 2003, and runs all day. Gladstone and others will be there entertaining, as usual. More info is on Gladstone's website: www.backtothedirt.com Sounds like fun!
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