Once again, the Four Chords and the Truth event at The Dakota Tavern ensured a room full of music lovers left more than satisfied on a Thursday night.
Thanks to the wonderfully talented host Andrea England, an intimate gathering of music lovers, listeners and makers came together to witness the likings of Kim Stockwood, Kelly Prescott, Troy Kokol and of course some special surprise guests. This 7th instalment of The Dakota Confessions proved that Andrea is consistent in her ability to gather extremely talented and profoundly inspiring artists into a semi-round of skill.
Juno-nominated Kim Stockwood opened the evening with an extremely emotional a cappella tribute to her mentor, the late Ron Hynes that had the room completely silent with respect and awe. The singer, who’s accomplishments include the popular song You Jerk, was admittedly grateful for the delicious Jack Daniel’s samples poured out by Jack Ambassador Taylor Corrigan.
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Kelly Prescott won the hearts of the audience as she belted out heart-wrenching broken hearted ballads like Battle Road and Still Drinking alongside hilariously quippy tunes like Heels Over Head. Aided in harmonies by her friend Mallory Johnson and guitar solos by the talented Derek Downham, Kelly made the crowd cry, laugh and indulge in some JD.
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Another one to make the crowd laugh, Troy Kokol sang a (fictional) song about his wife leaving him for Jim Cuddy that had everyone in stitches. The Calgary based singer/songwriter was hardly a ghost on the stage.
A huge surprise of the night was the next special guest, Andy Kim and his friend/guitarist/vocalist Derek Downham. Performing many of his hit songs like How did We Ever Get This Way, Rock Me Gently and Sugar Sugar, the whole room was reeling with the opportunity to sing-a-long with such a rockstar. A night filled with comic relief, Andy offered words of wisdom throughout the evening. “You can’t take a bow for inspiration” and “It’s not the chords, it’s the feelings” were among my favourite.
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Closing the night with an original song was Derek Downham, who’s hand is accurately nicknamed the hummingbird for it’s speed and precision on the guitar. He blew everyone away and ended a monumental evening on a powerful note.
Photographer: Mike Highfield
Written By: Bianca Bernardi