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- Posted on Jul 27th 2010 12:15PM by Jonathan Dekel
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Indie sovereign St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) took the stage at the Calgary Folk Festival Sunday night for one of the biggest shows of her career. Playing to a sold-out crowd as the undercard to headliner Roberta Flack, Clark performed with the grace and self-assurance of a seasoned pro.
The New York-based Clark focused almost exclusively on songs from her latest album, 'Actor,' whipping up a mighty storm of guitar pedal theatrics and technical wizardry, and dazzling a crowd that had spent much of its day either dancing to African grooves or pumping their fists to eastern Canadian fiddle music.
Taking a page from headliner Roberta Flack's book -- the soul legend has a Beatles covers album in the pipeline -- Clark pulled out her customary cover of 'Dig a Pony,' stretching out the song's punchy verses and alternating between screams and whispers.
A quick glance at the audience made it clear that many didn't quite get the cacophonous musicianship Clark unleashed intermittently during her well-crafted songs. But as a testament to their commitment to the festival and its philosophy of open-mindedness, everyone stayed in their place and gave a respectably loud cheer at the end of her set.