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One Night Only! Old Man Luedecke Live at the Chester Playhouse is a beautiful recording of one gig, September 15 2017 when he appeared solo before a hometown crowd in the seaside village of Chester Nova Scotia. The record captures the warmth and intimacy of the show and the transmutation of the ordinary to the magical that Luedecke achieves every night. And that is what makes him such a loved live performer. Through this generous set we get a really good view of Luedecke’s storytelling art and his songcraft and timing, as he engages and thrills an audience with his weirdly wordy ways.
Here are songs picked and played from all of his records, played solo on banjo and guitar before an adoring crowd with the storytelling and banter interludes left in for your enjoyment. Long asked-for, a record of the stage talk; here is a whole show. Also included is a wonderful cover of Leonard Cohen’s Closing time and a new Luedecke composition, the quasi- spiritual “I Wanna Go.” This is an hour and 20 minutes where you can experience the breezy joy of an OML show that sparkles with intelligence and wordplay.
Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of 2 time JUNO Award winning roots singer songwriter Christopher Luedecke. A Toronto native, but based and born as an international performer after he moved to the country, outside Chester, in 2005. Chester was a perfect mecca for a true individual and original.
After falling in love in Dawson City YT with his oft muse, wife/partner (cover artist Teresa Bergen), stints of woodshedding in the Yukon, bicycle touring, transnational hitchiking trips, and his incessant reading and listening, Luedecke amassed a degree of unusual and usual experience for his authentic body of work and expression that can be summed up as, “Don’t let them take the joy that you make on your own.” He sings this in his anthemic, “I Quit My Job” song. From the beginning of his career his songs have brought joy and illumination to independent minded people fighting the good fight of their lives.
Luedecke’s albums have been made in Vancouver Canada, recording for Steve Dawson’s important Black Hen Music label, and for True North Records, Canada’s oldest independent record label. His last 2 records have been produced by Grammy winning American Roots Music legend Tim O’Brien who is a hero who anyone who plays folk music. One they made in Nashville at the studio owned by John Prine and more recently another made in a cabin in Luedecke’s own woods in Chester. Both albums were JUNO-nominated and winners of East Coast Music Awards for album of the year in their time.
Luedecke is 4-times nominated and twice-winning JUNOs, long listed for the Polaris Prize and multiple Music Nova Scotia award recipient. His last record, Domestic Eccentric was recorded simply in a one room cabin over a snow bound week, and features many songs about family that have struck a deep chord with listeners. In particular, The Early Days (featured here on One Night in Chester) has become a staple of his live performances and an anthem for kids, parents and grandparents everywhere.
Old Man Luedecke has appeared at major folk festivals in Canada the US, UK and Australia and keeps up a steady touring life. He has supported artists such as Feist, Bahamas, Joel Plaskett, and Matt Andersen. His music is being featured in a South Affrican Documentary, in for film and tv. Cover versions of his songs have been performed by everyone from street punks in Nashville to Celtic bands in the Orkney Islands. He has twice appeared on NPR”s Mountain Stage and is often featured on the CBC, ABC and BBC radio services.
He will follow up One in Only! Live at the Chester Playhouse with a new album set to be recorded at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with Howard Bilerman in the summer of 2018.