I have had the great opportunity to record Neal Woodall’s final concert with Back Porch Swing on a fall Saturday night. It is fitting that he do his final concert at the venue that allowed him so many times to express his musical talents, Traditions Fair Trade Café in downtown Olympia. The show was scheduled for November 9, 2013, to a sold out and frenzied group of fans there to listen and send him off on one final farewell of musical bliss. I have had the opportunity to do live recordings on a couple occasions but this was the largest audience in attendance that I’ve been a part of. I set up my equipment, my laptop and my interface, and grabbed signal from the mixing console that Dick the owner of Traditions had set up. After getting sound levels, I had the chance to sit down and have a wonderful meal with my lovely wife Kris before the show.
Back porch swing put on a great performance that night with some of the best energy they said and they have never experienced in a live concert setting. The quality of music and humorous anecdotes kept the show light and fresh. I’m glad I was able to be a a part sharing in the moments!
More about the band:
Back Porch Swing plays a blend of swing, traditional, and original songs and tunes. Voices in tight harmony are complimented by the fiddling of Josie Solseng, the fine mandolin picking of Neal Woodall, the versatile guitar of Greg Starling and the bass and whistles of Riley McLaughlin.
The band has performed around the northwest since 1991 and has played at festivals including Northwest Folklife, the Tumbleweed Music Festival and the Juan De Fuca Festival.