TURF reviews: Larry and his Flask at Fort York – July 6, 2013

Larry and his Flask gave TURF-goers a furious wake-up at an 11:30 a.m. Fort York set on July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Larry and his Flask gave TURF-goers a furious wake-up at an 11:30 a.m. Fort York set on July 6. Photo: Tom Beedham

Those who know Larry and his Flask can expect to witness a wild and crazy stage party when they see the band live. Playing adrenaline fueled bluegrass folk music with a gypsy punk ethos, the group is known for members that refuse to stay put; even their drummer refuses to play seated. This is a band that takes full advantage of its unplugged components: double bass player Jeshua Marshall performs with particular intensity, lifting his massive instrument to drag it from stage left to right, all the while wailing on it with open palms, summoning the odd bow, or even technical sweeps to sate his seemingly furious need to move.

Larry and His Flask opened TURF’s July 6 festivities at 11:30 a.m., pushing its “workday ahead 12 hours,” as lead guitar and vocalist Ian Cook put it. But when it played day three of TURF, by the end of its set, the group had arrived at a level of exhaustion entirely different from what they would at any old early show – they played an 11 p.m. set just the night before.

The band will also close out the festival at Lee’s Palace with Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls and Northcote.

Originally published by The Ontarion.

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About Tom Beedham

Tom Beedham is a Canadian writer and photographer based in Toronto, Ontario. His work focuses on independent culture, DIY communities, and their relationship to the mainstream, reporting on a spectrum of creatives that has ranged from emerging acts to the definitive voices of cultural movements. In addition to contributing regular features to AUX, Chart Attack, and VICE publications Noisey and THUMP, he has appeared on Daily VICE, and frequently reviews concerts, festivals, and new album releases for Canadian arts and culture monthly Exclaim!. He is also a co-organizer and curator of the seasonal inter-arts series Long Winter, for which he oversees an online blog and print newspaper-style publication, printed for distribution at each instalment of the event. He was also a DIY concert organizer in his hometown Georgetown, Ontario in the mid-2000s.

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