Ellery @ Joseph-Beth (12/20/07)

Ellery is a local duo made up of Tasha & Justin Golden.  They put on an in-store performance at the Joseph-Beth Booksellers a couple nights ago.  I’d never heard any Ellery songs until the day before when I’d picked up a used copy of last year’s Lying Awake.  It’s an enjoyable CD that bears absolutely no similarity whatsoever to the music of Ben Folds.  (Ellery is compared to him on Wikipedia and the All Music Guide.)  I liked it enough that I thought it would probably be worth it to walk to the bookstore in the cold to see them perform.

Ellery put on a good show.  I thought their 17 song setlist was way too long for an in-store performance, but too much good music is still a good thing and I shouldn’t complain.  I could’ve left early, but I’m one of those who always sticks around to the end of shows.  It’s just a habit.

Ellery played the majority of Lying Awake, all three songs from their December Days EP, a cover of Stephin Merritt’s “The Book of Love”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, and a few other songs.  Ellery’s originals were all high quality, but I found that I enjoyed the Christmas songs and the Stephin Merritt song the most.



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6 Responses to Ellery @ Joseph-Beth (12/20/07)

  1. Her voice is quite lovely!

  2. M-----l says:

    I agree. Even more impressive, though, is the fact that she can play the accordion. What more could you ask for in a musician?!

  3. I love the accordion! They might be giants taught me that a long time ago. It seems like a difficult instrument to master as well.

  4. Julie says:

    I love Ellery, but 17 songs at Joseph-Beth is a lot, considering it's not like I'd ever get a seat.

  5. M-----l says:

    I got there with plenty of time to get a chair, but chose to stand instead. I like to be able to wander around at the Joseph-Beth in-stores. The wooden chairs they've got there are too uncomfortable for me.

  6. Julie says:

    I wouldn't know, as I've never had the opportunity to sit in one. 🙂

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