The Austin-based Greencards packed the Beachland Tavern last night with their mix of country, bluegrass and folk music. The band includes two Australians, a Brit and a recently added American guitarist.
Fiddler Eamon McLoughlin exhibited a “Devil Went Down to Georgia” speed on his instrument. Raised by Irish parents, it's easy to tag McLoughlin’s influence as Pogue-ish. But during last night's set, there was more salsa and blues than rock and punk.
McLoughlin, mandolinist Kym Warner and guitarist Jake Stargel filled their energy-packed songs with jams and solos. Trying to out-perform each other, the three fiddled, plucked and strummed faster than we could listen.
“I can’t keep up with these guys!” bassist and singer Carol Young admitted in her thick Australian accent.
Young’s long vowels added new depth to her emotional lyrics, though the songs that Warner sang sounded more like Austin singer-songwriter Hayes Carll than Australian outback. McLoughlin used his thick brogue and dry wit to push the Greencards' new album, Fascination, pointing out that buying CDs is an excellent way to turn the economy around.
After their second encore, Young laid her hand on her bass and begged, “I want to go home!” Ready with his mandolin, Warner leaned in and whispered one more song title. Young conceded, and they played their fifth encore song for the still-standing crowd. —Crystal Culler; photos by Mark A. Pirri