It's Saturday night in the Maryhill Folk Club in the 'Annexe Centre' a couple of my brothers and a close friend have convinced me to attend to see and hear an American duo ' Laura Boosinger & Josh Goforth ' so laid back that they haven't bothered to come up with a collective name for their act. I'm getting on a bit and I don't impress easy but these two simply blew me and everyone else away, they were quite simply stunning.
They are down home folks from Carolina/ Virginia way and talk as if they have just walked off the set of 'the Waltons' they use that Walton's image and the duelling banjos tune from 'Deliverance' to send themselves up as a couple of hayseeds which they are not, definitely not.
Laura plays guitar, banjo and sings in a way which casts a spell over everyone, she is so good that she gets the audience to participate by simply 'nodding them in' at a chorus, she was mesmerising.
The other one, Josh, stunned the audience with his talent on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, this audience is made up of quite a lot of musicians and they were gobsmacked at this modest 27 Yr. old American's skill he really is worth seeing, brilliant at all 3 instruments and a fine singer too, both are also charming and display a gentle sense of humour which helped to create a great atmosphere.
Their stories and songs tell a history of this part of America which many of us are not familiar with, it's a long way from New York or Chicago and it aint wealthy but it has many other kinds of riches such as it's musical heritage and people like these, people that America can be proud of.
At the interval Josh was mingling and always takes his guitar with him, it's a hand made 'Wayne Henderson' acoustic which cost £20,000 my brother Brendan who had had a few by that time asked him for a shot and to my amazement he handed him the guitar and lifted another and off they went playing together, my other brother Hugh did the same, a real 'laid back' musician indeed.
A fantastic young man, a brilliant lady and a brilliant act, try to catch them while they are in Scotland.