Mudcat Café message #1696405 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #89776   Message #1696405
Posted By: Charmion
17-Mar-06 - 03:57 PM
Thread Name: Jesse Winchester
Subject: RE: Jesse Winchester
I, too, have admired the man for many years, and have enjoyed several of his concert appearances, most recently in Ottawa during the winter of 2004-05. It was fascinating: the room was full of middle-aged women (not unlike my good self) all yearning heliotropically toward the stage with that look you see on people watching a performer whom they have followed for a very long time. In manner, he did the southern-gentleman thing, walking the line between courtly and flirtatious that one reads about often but rarely sees in these chilly no'thern latitudes. Men in the audience -- and there were a few -- must have felt a bit left out.

Nowadays he's more of a cabaret singer than anything else; the style is European although the material is stubbornly American, with a surprising garnish of Montreal-scented Canadianism.