‘Titus’ delivers

Talented duo in fine form for outdoor show

Don Birtch

Wednesday night at Kinnaird Park was further proof of why the summertime Concert in the Park series is such a good idea.Weather, for the most part, has been ideal and the setting can’t be beat.

There is just no set up that seems to sound as good as the great outdoors.Last week Castlegar’s own Titus Kanby delivered a pile of quality material – the set would have likely pleased anyone who enjoys talent, virtuosity, not to mention a mighty  little Bose® PA and the sensitivity to set it just right.

Those of a certain age group were all the more appreciative of Kanby’s set, given a familiarity with the material.Both members of this duo supply guitar and vocals to the mix and each takes turns on rhythm and lead duty.

It was like a musical time machine and the hour or so they occupied the little bandstand went by all too quickly.The set list was out of the ordinary and justice was done to each of the covers they served up.

Neil Young’s “Comes a Time” was my welcome to the park that evening. Next was a gratifying Pink Floyd classic followed by tasteful tributes to the Temptations, Eric Clapton, Elvis, and Jim Croce.You get the idea of the generation I’m talking about?

Don Birtch and Lawrence Shumey – long-time Castlegar entertainers – will be known by many locals and their obvious love of what they do is endearing.

They’ve got a relaxed confidence, and when Birtch slid into Ray Price’s “Make the World Go Away,” the crowd knew it was getting what it came for.Would that be enough for these veterans?

How about some favourites by Van Morrison… Freddie King… Paul Simon… would you believe… Patsy Cline?As suggested, this was some summer time very well spent, thanks to Don and Lawrence of Titus Kanby.If you haven’t yet put two and two together with the name, incidentally, their set was as… tight as can be.


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