The Trews @ Flames Central


February 20, 2016
Flames Central
Calgary, AB, Canada
Photos and review courtesy of J. Dirom Photography

String of lights ran across the front of the stage, a piano stage right, and stools marked the spots in which Colin Mac Donald, John-Angus MacDonald, and Jack Syperek would occupy during the two set affair. When Colin Macdonald took the stage wearing a silver-grey suit, it appeared that The Trews were going to showcase a ‘quieter side’ on this acoustic tour; however, after starting the set performing , “The Power of Positive Drinking”. Immediately it was apparent that that despite the acoustic nature of the show, the audience was energized to rock show proportions. A testament to the love that Calgary has for The Trews.

After playing “Under the Sun” and “Den of Thieves”, Colin took a moment to acknowledge the energy of the crowd proclaiming, “This feels more like a rock show than an acoustic show.”  A feel that lasted the entire night. The electricity in the air grew as The Trews ran through their set. The night saw the crowd sing along to “Hope and Ruin”, and continue to sing and raising their hands in the air to “Sing Your Heart Out.”

After a fifteen minute break the guys returned to the stage to continue the show with their second set.

The second set saw the return of opener Rich Robinson, founding member of The Black Crowes, to the stage to perform a spirited version of The Black Crowes “Wiser Time”.  Most definitely a fantastic moment to take in.

The crowd never lost their drive, virtually singing along to almost every song in both sets of the night.  Overall a fantastic two sets, that delivered a fun filled and spirited acoustic performance. Simply put a must see.
Set I:
The Power of Positive Drinking
Under the Sun
Den of Thieves
Paranoid Freak
Hope and Ruin
In the Morning
Chinese Kites
Sing Your Heart Out

Set II:
Poor Ol’ Broken Hearted Me
Can’t Stop
The Love You Save
Hollis and Morris
Torn and Frayed w/ Rich Robinson
Wiser Time (The Black Crowes) w/ Rich Robinson
Highway of Heroes
Hold Me

Ishmael & Maggie
Not Ready To Go

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