Nicole Coward at CrossCurrents Cafe
On Friday October 23rd singer/songwriter Nicole Coward mesmerized a near-capacity audience at CrossCurrents Café in Bolton. Her well-paced set included several well-crafted originals and a selection of covers that included songs by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen and Ian & Sylvia, and she surprised the audience with a robust take on “La Vie En Rose”, in French. It was obvious that she enjoyed playing and singing for such an attentive and respectful audience, as her voice filled the room, especially when she threw her head back and just belted it out. Her guitar work deserves mention, as well. Finger-picking and strumming chords and highly melodic motifs on a lush-sounding Godin electric-acoustic, nylon-string classical guitar, Coward plays and sings with conviction and authority. Clearly, this is a seasoned performer and veteran of many, many days and nights on folk music stages throughout Ontario. She was joined on guitar for her final three songs by David Henman, who with his partner Rosemarie Bell (Henman-Rose Sideroad), opened the show. At the close of her performance, Nicole Coward received a well-earned standing ovation.