Hamish Anderson plays Quebec City Summer Festival

Hamish Anderson plays Quebec City Summer Festival

Main pic: Hamish Anderson, Petit Impérial, Festival d’Été de Québec 2105. Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.

Young Australian bluesman Hamish Anderson paid a welcome visit to the Festival d’Été de Québec for the 2015 edition.

Back at Le Petit Impérial for another show, this time a late one.

Kicking off at 11.30pm, again the venue was packed. Standing-room only. I love this place.

Such great music, talented artists, and up close too. You can’t beat this for intimacy.

Hamish Anderson, a 23-year old singer songwriter originally from Melbourne, Australia and now based in Los Angeles was in Quebec City for the first time.

He’s toured Canada before, but this was his first time in what he called a ‘beautiful city.’
He told me that ‘Walking round, taking everything in, as a tourist you could be forgiven for thinking you were in France at times.’

Jerry Borge, Hamish Anderson, and Jon Flaugher, Le Petit Impérial, Quebec City. FEQ 2015. Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Jerry Borge, Hamish Anderson, and Jon Flaugher, Le Petit Impérial, Quebec City. FEQ 2015.                                  Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Hamish took the stage with his band comprising of Jon Flaugher (bass guitar), Jerry Borge (keyboards) and Fern Sanchez (drums).

Their set consisted of 12 songs, some covers, some penned by Hamish, and they were all good.

They started with 3 or 4 high octane rock tracks that really got the crowd going. Then it was into the blues tunes, with the band feeding off the enthusiastic audience. At times intense, they were in the zone and it showed.

At one point the band left the stage to leave Anderson there alone with his electric guitar for a couple of great solo numbers. Didn’t know what to expect, but he didn’t disappoint. Far from it.

The performance ran until 1am and no one wanted to leave. The show had finished, but the crowd was going nowhere. With a crescendo of clapping, cheering and all out noise the baying fans wanted more.

So the guys came back with Anderson explaining ‘We’ve played all our songs so this’ll be a bit hit and miss, but we’ll try and make it good.’

And they did.

The band members were generous with their time and this was appreciated by all.

I caught up with Hamish after the show and with him sucking back a well-earned beer, we chatted.

He’s influenced by BB King, Johnny Lee Hooker, and Eric Clapton to name but three. Quite the role models.
He got into music after raiding his dad’s vinyl collection, listening to some great music, and going from there.

He said the band enjoyed themselves tonight and that ‘It helps when the audience are engaged and with us. We rise to that and everyone wins.’

Fern Sanchez performs at Le Petit Impérial in Quebec City. FEQ 2015. Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Fern Sanchez performs at Le Petit Impérial in Quebec City. FEQ 2015. Photo credit: Sébastien Dion.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
If you’re a music-lover then Quebec City is always the place to be in July.

Categories: Arts & Culture, Opinion

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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