CMW Critical Conclusions for… Cat Clyde (Canadian Music Week Concert Review)

We kept our CMW concert fun (and morning after hangover non-fun) going with a gig on Tuesday night. Check out the review, brought to you by PHM Contributor Kristina.

Venue: Smiling Buddha

First Impressions: The two piece duo of Caitlin Blockeel and Patrick Fockler that make up Cat Clyde has an upbeat, fun old south blues sound. Caitlin’s voice is raw and sounds influenced by vocalists like Janis Joplin.

Stage Presence: It’s really neat to watch this duo perform. They’re perfectly in sync with one another and watching Fockler move smoothly back and forth between guitar and keyboard was something to see.

Crowd Reaction: As it was only 8:00 pm, there weren’t too many people filling up the open space at the Smiling Buddha. But those who were there were right up at the front of the stage singing along and cheering loudly. With the indie southern blues sound of this duo, it’s hard not to tap your foot and clap along.

Random Observation: The Smiling Buddha is huge when it’s only a quarter full
(Editor’s note: That’s what she said)

Last Word: 7 / 10 – I really love the sound of this band but there was a lower energy to this show than others I’ve seen, which probably had more to do with the fact that it was 8:00 pm than it did with the quality of Cat Clyde’s performance. Caitlin and Patrick both have super powerful voices which adds that much more to their awesome sound. Their song “Mama Said” off their album was definitely the fan favorite of the night. I picture them singing in scenes of the movie “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” but with an indie twist and it’s really great to hear that kind of music at CMW.

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