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

The Belfast Cowboys

All dressed 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 is apparent as The Belfast Cowboys are qued to start the live broadcast. The venue of a lit stage, four cameras, a tablet soundboard, a producer, and a tight band, particularly the horn section. You could feel their thrill of playing together for fans, even though they [the fans] were in their family rooms and living room.

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Known for their vast Van Morrison Catalog, I was mostly impressed by their originals. The horns, guitars, keyboards, and voice of Terry Walsh, I could not help imagine people dancing in the homes, to the waves of rhythms coming through their speakers as if bandaid was healing a wound.

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I can not express how great each of the musicians in this band is. I was unsure what to expect as I walked in, but I left excited and a little emotional on how much I have missed live music. Thanks to Chris Mozena, The Hook and Ladder, and the Cowboys, emptiness has been filled by passionately performed music.

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Richard Dollarhide
Author: Richard Dollarhide

Photographer, Photojournalist, Executive Chef and Full Time Artist

Written by Richard Dollarhide

Photographer, Photojournalist, Executive Chef and Full Time Artist

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