With a host of platinum and gold recordings to their credit, the Cowboy Junkies will appear at the Bellows Falls Opera House Sunday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in what promises to be a rare and unforgettable evening.
The concert is presented by a collaboration of Vermont Festivals LLC, Flying Under Radar, and WOOL 100.1, the local community radio station. Popular regional singer/songwriter Chris O'Brien will open the evening's entertainment.
Whether singing an old Hank Williams or Patsy Cline ballad, or a new original piece, The Cowboy Junkies offer a unique blend of blues, country, folk, rock, and jazz. This Canadian band features lead singer Margo Timmins and her two brothers Michael (guitar and chief songwriter) and Peter (drums). Rounding out the group is bassist Alan Anton, who has been a friend of all three since early childhood, and who began the group with Michael, jamming in the family's garage.
Flying Under Radar's producer Charlie Hunter ran a music train through Canada with the Cowboy Junkies a few years ago, and one of the things he recalls is the effortless way the band meshes as a live ensemble.
"They are a seamless entity, creating music of such haunting beauty and power, and it's hard to tell where one personality starts and another ends," Hunter said.
The other thing that he remembers from the experience is how lead singer Margo Timmins has a stunning movie-star presence that turns heads.
"Every time she'd enter the dining car, conversation would come to a halt and all eyes would just watch her move down the length of the car," he said.
Hunter has a number of Cowboy Junkies stories, including their kindness to Fred Eaglesmith and his band when they took him on tour many years ago as their opening act.
The group's fame began with the success of its platinum album, "The Trinity Session" which was recorded in a church in Toronto 1987, in one session and using a single microphone.