It was a unusually quiet night at the Elora Acoustic Café, starting with a half a dozen open mic performers. We then took our seats politely, ready for the feature set by Mississauga musician, David Celia. That Rich Burnett claimed him as his go-to guy for guitar work on his recordings should have given us a hint that we were in for a treat. David Celia drew us in with masterful guitar work, playful lyrics, and a warm, engaging stage presence. For the last piece, David traded leads with harmonica player (Rein) and guitar (Rich) – it was hard to say who was having more fun, the musicians or the audience. And to finish it off David thanked the open mic folks for sharing their songs and “putting it on the line”.
I have mentioned before that one of the beauties of the open stage scene is that you never know what you might hear. For a $5 contribution we lucky few heard a set that wouldn’t have been out of place at Massey Hall. Thanks to host, Steve Royall, for setting this up. And thanks, David, for bringing your music to Elora.