Kieran Kane

11/12/13: Live from Melbourne, Australia

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11/12/13: Live from Melbourne, Australia Review

by Richie Unterberger

These are live recordings from Kane's joint appearances with fellow country-folk songwriter (and fellow Dead Reckoning artist) Kevin Welch in Melbourne, Australia, on November 12 and November 13 of 1999. For these shows, the pair played unaccompanied, using just a bass and a guitar. Sometimes harmonizing, sometimes letting one or the other sing solo, they ran through 15 songs, mostly original material composed by Kane and Welch separately, although there are covers of John Hiatt's "Train to Birmingham" and Hank Williams' "Ramblin' Man." There's an informal, playing-before-friends feel to the performances, on tunes that are mostly good-natured and easygoing, even if songs like Kane's "Table Top Dancer" get into something a little darker. Low-key country-folk, suited for Sunday morning tea.

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