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The Daily Tar HeelT uesday, April 24, 19905
Set of series
: . On the eve of Earth Day 1 990, New
Age artist Michael Hedges played to a
near-capacity crowd in Memorial Hall.
Tje acoustic guitar virtuoso gave his
fir)Sst performance of the series of
annual concerts he has performed in the
l)apel Hill area in the past few years.
..Famous among New Age and folk
jrock circles, Hedges has had five al
bums under the prestigious Windam
jHills label and is working on a sixth. He
;is known forgiving concerts filled with
;great music and storytelling and is
considered one of the few artists in his
;genre whose energy and professional
ism matches his musical talent. His
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;performance was billed as "eclectic,
;eciting and above all entertaining,"
;apj his audience was not disappointed.
; "Wearing a bandana, T-shirt and jeans,
'.Hedges began the show with an un
titled acoustic guitar solo. Rather than
; merely standing in front of the audi
;etice and playing, Hedges came alive
;with his music, striking his instrument
;for rhythm and dancing wildly across
;the stage. This energy was evident
throughout the entire performance.
; : In his next song, the second facet of
his1 performance, vocals, was intro
duced. Playing a classic song by The
;Who, Hedges showed an incredibly
; wide vocal range, reminiscent of artists
; such as Roy Orbison and John Denver.
! Although he did slow the song's tempo,
;his amazing skill on the guitar made
; sure that the overall quality of the song
I wasn't affected.
I .'The next song was a hilarious ver
I slpn of the Fine Young Cannibals "She
J Drives Me Crazy" and was one of the
I show's highlights. Moving from ex
I tremely slow and soft to loud and rau
Icous, Hedges' parody of the song
1 managed to sound more like Cyndi
ILauper than Roland Gift, and by its
Lcpnclusion, the entire audience was
rolling with laughter.
Hedges moved to a more serious
note with his fourth acoustic solo,
'Breakfast in the Field," the title track
from his first album. "Breakfast in the
;Field" was his most beautiful instru-
"niental piece and showed the influence,
" a'i;much of his work does, of his friend
and mentor Leo Kottke, the acoustic
v' 'guitar master.
,,-u , The oddest jftece of the entire show
,w,as a rendition of Nena Cherry's
"Buffalo Stance." While Hedges never
.-came close to sounding anything like
v ,the original artist, his rendition didn't
..entirely miss the mark. However, his
..-predominantly "thirty something"
r. .audience's reaction will probably cause
, him to rethink the song's inclusion in
' - ' Of his three encore pieces, a musical
version of the e. e. cummings poem "i
' 'carry your heart with me, i carry it in my
heart" was his best. The vocal tune of
'his own composition showed the depth
' , 'of his creativity and musical ability and
' was one of the highlights of his entire
-i.:t,One major disappointment of the
Hedges show was the conspicuous
-absence of his harp guitar. This musical
, relic, along with the acoustic guitar, is
-his trademark instrument and is rarely
-left out of his concerts.
. Despite the exclusion of his harp,
t Michael Hedges gave a concert which
showed all the professionalism and
' experience he has gained in his nine
years on tour. Rarely can one find a
'cNew AgeFolk rock concert of such
. v depth and versatility performed by so
talented an artist. It is hoped Hedges
" will remain an annual feature in Chapel
Hill for many years to come.
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