Tomorrow: Trudell and O’Connor! Here!

Aug 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Tom Trudell

Tom Trudell

Tom Trudell and Brian O’Connor will share the musical limelight at Vespers tomorrow – Tom on piano, Brian on acoustic guitar. Of course, I don’t need to say that last part for local readers. Both men are favorites here on the Peninsula and on the other side of the river, as well. Both have had regular gigs at the Shelburne Inn for years – Brian on most Thursday nights in the pub; Brian on most Friday nights in the ‘Piano Room’ between pub and restaurant.

Brian O'Connor

Brian O’Connor

Tom’s forte is jazz piano; Brian’s is an eclectic mix of original songs and jazz. I’m pretty sure they have teamed up before but, though I’ve enjoyed both individually, I’ve not had the pleasure of hearing them together. Plus, I’m not exactly sure what “together” means in their case. Some musicians sharing the stage take turns. Some come together to do shows and actually play the same songs at the same time.

(Which always reminds me of my son Charlie’s three-year-old response to the nursery school teacher’s question, “What do you call it when two people sing the same song at the same time?”   Charlie: “a coincidence.”)

The Reverend Don Maddux

The Reverend Don Maddux

Whether coincidence or careful rehearsal will be the back-story of tomorrow’s Vesper performance, it will be a not-to-be-missed opportunity to see and hear these fine musicians in the best acoustical venue in the county (or so musicians have told me.) Also front and center and playing the organ will be Jeanne Bellinger who is no stranger to jazz vocalizations in in her own right. And another creative local, artist Jean Stamper, will be presenting the Oysterville Moment ‘at the top of the show.’

Presiding over all this talent and providing the main focus of the service will be Father Don Maddux, Associate Priest of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Olympia. But, lest you think Father Maddux is not a local… think again. He and his wife Carolyn have owned a cabin in Long Beach for years and years and Don has been officiating at Vespers almost as long as I can remember. It is always one of those ‘old home week’ things when they roll into town.

“So, come on up to Oysterville tomorrow,” say I. “Bring your friends and loved ones. It’s going to be a fine afternoon!”

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