One Flew over the Noonan’s Nest

Byrds

Written by Joe Taylor

January 08, 2024

I was on Instagram the other day and I saw an ad that said Byrds, Byrds, Byrds.  There seemed to be a tribute to the Great Folk Country group from the 60’s at Noonan’s Irish pub at Danforth and Broadview. So I went to check it out thinking this could be a nice little night out. When I arrived, the place was packed from front to back. The band was on and the atmosphere was buzzing with satisfied hippies reliving their past music.

What made this evening special was the quality of musicians playing this timeless music. We had Tim Bovaconti on Guitar who has played with Burton Cummings, Fergus Hambleton on Guitar who had a Yorkville band called the Passing Fancy, Bob McKitrick on Bass, Andy Maize on Vocals and Tambourine(For obvious reasons) from the Skydiggers, and Cleave Anderson on drums from Blue Rodeo.

They ran through 2 sets of music with 32 Byrds songs that included Mr Tambourine Man, Mr Spaceman, Turn,Turn,Turn and many more.  I really enjoyed that they pulled out several rare tracks that included , Lady friend that was rarely played live, 2 songs that were penned by Carole King and Goin’ Back that was played twice because the crowd demanded an extra encore at the end on the evening..

Personally for me, it was watching Cleave Anderson totally rocking out to Eight Miles High at the end of the first set. The good news is if you missed this performance, there will be a bigger version happening at the Redwood Theatre on March 9th. They even told us they will be bringing all the psychedelic lights to give us a true experience of the sixties. So get ready, break out your tie-dye T-shirts and feel a whole lot better for the future’s past is heading towards us!

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