October 14, 2016
Piercing harmonies and inventive folk arrangements are the centerpiece of Loch Lomond’s unique, aurally addictive style. Though seemingly forgotten by the Philadelphia region — the group's eight-year hiatus from touring the East Coast did not help — the band deserves to be known and appreciated.
Playing behind the 2016 album “Pens From Spain,” the Portland, Oregon, band put on a magnificent show at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington Thursday night, led by the one-of-a-kind vocals of Ritchie Young (especially on the title track). And when his voice intersected with the other expert players in Loch Lomond, it could be splendidly spine-chilling. I’d been waiting to see Loch Lomond since they opened for The Decemberists at the Electric Factory in 2008; and it was a joy to see them play their finest song, the haunting “Carl Sagan,” late in the set. Give them a listen and prepare for their next visit, which hopefully will be sooner than two more presidential elections.
Wilmington-based Pat Kane opened with an exceptional solo set of folk rock.