“You can’t fake a work of Heart,” Luedecke sings in “The Girl in the Pearl Earring,” the second song on Domestic Eccentric and the assured confidence of that line, the assertion of a straightforward truth, is the guiding principle behind the entire album. He’s played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. The combination of Old Man Luedecke’s highly personal songs and infectious old-time banjo and guitar, and Tim O’Brien’s mastery of bluegrass harmony, guitars, mandolin, bouzouki and fiddle adds up to much more than a simple sum of parts.
Not since Loudon Wainwright III has anyone written so honestly, so openly or with such aching tenderness and good humour about family life. “Saving up for date night so we can have our fight!”
Each concert $25 or 3 concerts from the series for $60