Holcombe Waller, Daniel Martin Moore, & Haley Bonar @ The Mercury Lounge, 6/23/11

A distinctly un-metropolitan feeling was present at The Mercury Lounge on Thursday as the venue welcomed Haley Bonar, Daniel Martin Moore, and Holcombe Waller. The show began with Bonar taking the stage with her band and setting the relaxed soulful tone that would continue through the evening as she entranced the intimate crowd with her hauntingly sweet voice in songs like “Raggedy Man” and “Daddy.” The warm melancholy tones of her words atop the diverse melodies felt as though we were sipping mint tea out in a field under the deep orange glow of a fading sun in late summer.

Haley Bonar at the Mercury Lounge

Daniel Martin Moore at the Mercury Lounge

Daniel Martin Moore followed adding a more spiritual vibe with his interpretations of songs such as “In The Cool Of The Day” which sounded especially beautiful with organ accompaniment. Daniel varied the pace wonderfully, ranging from more upbeat songs like “That’ll Be The Plan” to one point midway through his set when he hopped from the stage and performed an amazing version of “Fly Rock Blues” with just himself and his guitar with the audience beside him for what became a very personal and powerful moment. His set ended in the same manner, amongst the crowd joined by Haley Bonar and his band mate Daniel Dorff who tap-danced along with a very rousing version of “Dark Road.” To end the show Holcombe Waller presented a very different sound, still mellow and heartfelt, but more quick, controlled, and orchestral with less showmanship but in exchange offering dense layers of tone in a style that was reminiscent of a blend of John Denver and Tracy Chapman.

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About Tim Needles

Tim Needles is an artist, photographer, humorist, and writer from Long Island, NY. His writing and art work has been seen in multiple exhibitions and publications around New York as well as the Photographer’s Forum, French Photo, the New York Times, and LI Pulse magazine. He is also an educator and currently teaches art and film at Smithtown, NY and as an Education Leader for Adobe. He was recently the recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Award in Washington DC and serves as the director of Strictly Students, a non-for-profit group for media and education. His work can be seen on his website: www.timneedles.com
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