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Article by Ian Boyd

Lee Harvey Osmond invaded the NAC last night as part of the Canada 150 celebrations and they nailed it.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC 7

Lee Harvey Osmond is Hamilton artist and singer-songwriter, Tom Wilson (Junkhouse, Blackie a/t Rodeo Kings) and his cast of characters. This time out they included Aaron Goldschmidt on pedal steel guitar, Thompson Wilson on bass and long serving drummer Ray Ferrigua.





LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC 5Tom dressed in a long jacket and fox fur cap, started the show with Aaron. Then along came the band. An incendiary show folded out in front of the appreciative sold out Studio.

Tom, whose humour is as  good as any stand up comedian – joked about how every time he has played the NAC he has played in a different room, his parents trials bringing up Tom, how proud he was to have his children on the road, how lucky was to be sober for 18 years and of course, his many trips to Ottawa.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC 1He played a wide and varied repertoire including songs from his band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Velvet Underground, his son Thompson and many of his own songs.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC 10Highlights included “Freedom, 49 Tons” performed by Tom with Thompson on percussion. He ended the show with a small intimate song using no amplification as all 4 band members sang and Tom played guitar.

He left us with a message of “peace love and understanding”

It was a wonderful 2 hour concert which left the audience feeling great. Don’t miss him next time.

LeE HARVeY OsMOND at the NAC 12Opening the show was his son Thompson who performed a set of his songs. He did so with the deft precision of a long journeyed musician despite his youth. His songs are well crafted and in it shows that he has been taking lessons from his father. His future is bright, and as Tom says: “he is hoping he can carry the family torch into Tom’s later years and  take care of his father in his aged years”.

There is no doubt that like his father, he will have a long and successful career.


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Ian Boyd along with Brother James is the owner/operator of two Compact Music stores in Ottawa. After 38 years retailing he knows a few things about the sound of music. You will find him at the Glebe store.