The Belfast Cowboys ease the pain of a pandemic at The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge

The Belfast Cowboys

Last updated on November 17th, 2020 at 02:03 pm

All revved up with no place to go seems to be the story of 2020. Closures due to the pandemic have taken an emotional toll on venue owners, musicians, and live music lovers. But thanks to The Hook & Ladder, and the Belfast Cowboys, that pain has been eased by streaming “live” concerts.

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Live music’s face may have changed in 2020, but the passion for performance was apparent as The Belfast Cowboys were set to start the live broadcast. The venue featured a lit stage, four cameras, a tablet soundboard, a producer, and a tight band, particularly the horn section. You could tell how thrilled they were to play together for fans, even though they [the fans] were in their family rooms and living room.

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Known primarily for performing many songs from Van Morrison’s vast catalog, I was mostly impressed by their originals, as well as the instrumentation. The horns, guitars, keyboards, and the voice of Terry Walsh were all impressive. I could imagine people dancing in their homes to the waves of rhythms coming through their speakers like a bandaid healing a wound.

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Each member of the Belfast Cowboys is very talented at what they do. I was unsure what to expect as I walked in, but I left excited and a little emotional, especially since I’ve missed live music so much. Thanks to Chris Mozena, The Hook and Ladder, and the Cowboys, emptiness has been filled by passionately performed music.

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Written by Richard Dollarhide

Photographer, Photojournalist, Executive Chef and Full Time Artist


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