Edmonton musician Scott Cook charmed the crowd at a recent house concert in Fort St. James.

Edmonton musician Scott Cook charmed the crowd at a recent house concert in Fort St. James.

Happening house concert

Edmonton musician Scott Cook had every woman in the room in the palm of his hand at a Fort St. James house concert.

Edmonton musician Scott Cook had every woman in the room in the palm of his hand with his deep soulful voice and storytelling lyrics Wednesday night.

While I had heard Cook once before, his charm and the beauty of his music were truly on display in the intimate acoustic venue of a friend’s living room, and the warm crowd of music lovers and cosy setting gave great ambiance.

His song This One’s on the House is about living in his van and it had this writer missing the simplicity of changing your front yard when you choose and always making it home to your comfy bed from every party you go to, because it’s parked right outside (I lived in a van at two different times in my life, and thoroughly enjoyed it).

There were heartbreakers and fun whimsical sing alongs, but they were all captivating.

While the All Candidates forum kept me from hearing much of the evening’s other musician’s solo set that night by Raghu Lokanathan, he did join in with Cook for a number of songs at the end.

Lokanathan’s music is also well-suited to the simplicity of the intimate house concert, a venue few music-lovers are blessed enough to experience.

It was the latest Music on the Mountain (MoM) group house concert on April 24 on Necoslie Road, and it was the kind of night worth making the weeknight effort to enjoy. The crowd was small, but warm and appreciative and I was still home and in bed before I turned into a pumpkin.

We are so lucky to have the opportunity for these close encounters of the musical kind right here in little Fort St. James.

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