Coyote Run’s 10-Year Retrospective Concert

If your concept of Celtic music is dulcet soprano tones on PBS, then brace yourself. Get ready for your hair to blow back and your blood to pulse when these warrior poets start to rock. Thoughtful storytelling is always key to their brand of muscular, fresh folk rock honoring Celtic traditions and infused with Native American, Civil War, and Aboriginal strains. Storytelling reached a new level with anecdotes shared by previous band members at this fun reunion. The almost full house brimmed with warm affection from followers who recognize the depth and breadth of talent that has led to Coyote Run’s national and international success.

There’s one more show tonight at 7:30, so call for your $18 ticket now: 1-800-HISTORY. Be sure to visit www.coyoterun.com for more info on the band’s fascinating history and watch their videos (especially Whalesong and Oak and Ash and Thorn).

You’ll be amazed, as was I, at the versatility of the vocalists and musicians. First, there’s lead vocalist David Doersch, who also played the accordion and trombone. Yes, I said “trombone.” Part of the joy of this retrospective was seeing the many styles brought to the band by each new member over the years. The group’s evolution took a side trip through New Orleans jazz and blues. I suspect there’s no style of music this talented group could not play; it’s Celtic Rock where they’ve found their bliss. David’s vocals are clear, expressive, and potent.

All of the band members contributed strong vocals and striking harmonies, but the variety of instrumentation really caught my attention. Imagine my surprise when Doug Bischoff, who modestly told me he “played pipes” for Coyote Run, switched to the didgeridoo, guitar, drums, tambourine, and yes, trombone! I know from conversation with him on a sound engineering project that he also plays keyboard, so what’s left? Amazing.

Drummer Cathy Hauke’s complex polyrhythms were incredibly powerful, yet also subtly nuanced, the sign of an artist’s spirit at work. Her vocals should not be understated. One of the most magical moments of the show was the a capella interlude in Whalesong.

It was bass guitarist Michael Kazalski who transitioned the band from acoustic to electric. Until now, I never knew the bass line could evoke so much emotion. Thanks for helping me to hear with new ears, Michael!

Paul Anderson’s lyrical fiddling made several tunes soar. David Doersch says that Paul “is a gifted player who idiomatically steps in and enhances any song of any style.”

When asked his favorite part of the concert, David replied “it’s a one-time thing, a wonderful chance to see old Coyotes together again.” The band is looking forward to touring Scotland for the second time in September, where 80 of their fans will join them. Next year it’s on to Wales.

Locals can look forward to seeing the Coyotes back at the Kimball Theater for their annual Thanksgiving weekend show.

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