A night at Hermann’s

The Doug Farr Quartet played to a happy crowd at Hermann’s last Friday.  The music was ‘sweet’ and ‘hot’ with smooth ballads like “And I Love Her” and riff-out blues like “Duke’s Place.”  Crowd went wild on “It don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” especially with all the surprises near the end!  Other favourites were “Moanin’” and “Miss Celie’s Blues.”  There was a bet going  for how many instruments Doug would play, and the grand total was….5: piano, harmonica, bongos, ‘mouth bongos’ and voice.  Kathy and Doug trading fours was fantastic – more please! Kathy’s sizzling vocals were only slightly hotter than her bright red dress.  This singer puts her whole self into the song, and is obviously having fun doing it.   Daniel’s guitar solos were out of this world; the audience couldn’t take their eyes off him.  David had the crowd eating out of his hand with his ultimately cool solos and smooth intros.  Doug, both as pianist and leader, brings fresh tasteful ideas to every song.  The audience loved his humour and his musicianship that comes through no matter what instrument he is holding.