Saturday, November 5, 2000

Aunt Pat Photo

Aunt Pat is a six-piece folk-rock collective from Philadelphia, PA, in which the five core members are related either by blood or by law. Only Blake, Kerry and Mollie made the trip up North to our stage, so we were unable to experience the full measure of the band's music.

They grew up on the sounds of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and the Grateful Dead. Their sound could be described as a union of the above with equal parts of Indigo Girls and the catchier melodies of the Counting Crows.

Both in theory and in practice, Aunt Pat is a "band" that harkens back to the days when bands (in the fullest sense of the word) were chock-full of individual talent, but were able to weave together musical tapestries that incorporated that talent into a collective sound. Their second release, Patoo, from 1999, was written and recorded as a collective with each member contributing and critiquing, and therefore, there are NO songwriting credits in the liner notes.

The members of the band are: Brian McShane, bass guitar, other guitars, drums, sound engineering; Michael McShane, electric guitar; Kerry McShane Kay, vocals; Mollie McShane Allen, vocals; Blake Allen, rhythm guitar and vocals; and Chuck Treece, drums.

They have a new album coming this winter, and we heard cuts from their new work, as well as material from their first two CD's and some cover material. Our audience appreciated the concert.