Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer, on a flying visit to our shores, dropped in to the Basement Discs at lunchtime today for an In-Store performance. She had driven straight from the airport to do this.

She gave a performance of great sweetness and mellowness accompanying her lovely voice on a Gibson guitar. The tunes were laid back country/folk and the lyrics were wonderfully quirky. The songs were from her latest CD All Of Our Names.

"Come on Lion" was the first of six songs that Sarah played. "Pendulums" and "Greeting Card Aisle" came next.

Sarah Harmer live at The Basement Discs

Pausing to comment that this was her second visit to Melbourne, Sarah explained that she was from Kingston Ontario Canada. She then divulged that the next song "Around the Corner". was about a situation in a small town where venturing around corners was fraught with the fear of meeting a person one was trying to avoid.

"Almost", purportedly about a long time crush, followed. Sarah finished with "Dandelions and Bullet Holes" which had been written while she was touring to promote her debut CD You Were Here.

It was a very pleasant half hour listening to Sarah Harmer singing her songs.

As the promoter remarked, one could listen to her all day.

Sarah Harmer will also be at the Corner Hotel, Richmond tonight.

Review and photos by Anne Sydenham 24 June 2004

See also Dave Dawson's Interview with Sarah Harmer

More information at the official Sarah Harmer website


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