Rudolph Live - A Yuletide Throwback Thursday

panel-907377_1920Most folks who know my music also know Spencer Capier–his contributions on violin, mandolin, mandola, bouzouki and vocals have helped define my work for pretty much my whole career. But some folks know I used to tour with not one but two “Spencers” (often referred to as “The Spenci,” or “Two Spence Much the Richer.”) In the early days, pianist and vocalist Spencer Welch often joined Spencer Capier and I in our musical adventures.

Many years ago*, at a Christmas concert in Victoria, the Spenci and I decided to try our own version of Jack Johnson’s quirky take on “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Spencer Welch contributed some tasty blues piano, but Spencer Capier surprised us with a different contribution all together. Who knew he could play the reindeer?

The result, as captured through the church’s sound system, was recorded on cassette, and here it is in all it’s glory.

(*By the way, I was trying to figure out what year this was, and I’ve come to the fairly certain conclusion it was 2002. I have extrapolated that date based on the fact that, in the hotel room after this concert, I got as sick as I’ve been in my life–and 2002 was the year of the Revenge of the Norwalk Virus. Happily, I lived to tell the tale, and I can listen to this recording and remember the pre-virus fun.)

Happy Yuletide!

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