Friday, July 31, 2009

Fringe 2009 - OOTS - Was My Brother In The Battle? Songs of War

"And the band played 'Waltzing Matilda'..."

Stephen Swanson & David Gompper

Was my brother in the battle? - Songs of War

from Iowa City, IA

A concert of songs about the individuals involved in America's historic military conflicts, their friends, and their families - harsh, ironic, funny, patriotic, poignant, disturbing - images of America at war.

This was a classic example of why these guys are on my Top 20 List for this Fringe. After seeing this, maybe I should have ranked them up in the Top 10 instead.

This was a beautiful moment of theater. One guy on keyboard. One guy singing, amazing voice.

It was the only time all night, that the entire rowdy Bedlam Theater building got completely quiet. As the song progressed, a calm settled over the place. Everyone was rapt in their attention. It was gorgeous. We were all right in the palm of their hand.


This was just one song. Can you imagine what the full show's gonna be like?

Do not miss this one.

The kind of spell they cast over that boisterous ramshackle scrappy little theater palace - that doesn't happen too often.

I get chills just thinking about it.

Their websites - and

Their show page

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