Long Gone Lonesome is a tale of triumph of the human spirit that narrates the life and death of a lowly fisherman from the Shetland Isles; Burra Isle to be specific. Thomas Fraser spent his life exploring his deeply rooted adoration for bluegrass and country music and left thousands of homemade recordings behind for his family to uncover. Stricken by childhood illness and an inclination towards solitude, Fraser discovered the wonders of the record player and was immediately captivated by both the artists and the concept of recorded music. Duncan McLean’sLone Star Swing Band pays homage to his life through the powerful medium of music and song. They gracefully tug at audience members heart strings with their harmonious, four member bands’ heartfelt tunes and tales of hardship.
What did I take away from this performance? An appreciation for the romance that resides in the ordinary. I admire the Lone Star Swing Band because they tell a tale, not of someone who will go down in the history books for changing the world, but one of a man who explored the things he loved and shaped his own world, tape recorder in hand, from his small home nestled in the Shetland Islands of the North Sea.