Jamie McLean and Foy Vance Jam at The Carolina Theatre



One of my favorite things about capturing still pictures and video is the possibility of catching a completely original moment that can never be repeated. Sure you can act-out, stage or remake a moment that has already happened but it will never be as authentic and organic as its first time happening. Thats what happened when I asked my friend Jamie McLean if I could get some footage of him playing the guitar to see how it looks with the GoPro Camera. He leads his own band called The Jamie McLean Band but was in town with Brett Dennen and playing guitar on Brett’s North American and European Tour.

Jamie humored my requested and jammed solo on stage for about 10 minutes when opening act Foy Vance was walking by hearing Jamie’s bluesy riff and couldn’t help but jump in and throw down a funky beat to match. I first heard Foy’s soulful and unique voice about six years ago and become a fan after hearing his debut album “Hope”. So there I was on the stage of an empty Carolina Theatre watching one of my favorite singers play the drums (of all things) while one of my favorite guitar players navigated up and down his Heritage ES-335 guitar. Things got even funkier when at 3:55 Jamie shouts to the handlebar mustached Irishman “you got any lyrics Foy” and while banging out the beat he begins belting a lyrical riff at the top of his lungs over the drums. In the video you can see the joy and surprise on Jamie’s face as he continues to improvise and play off of Foy’s singing.

When the groove suddenly comes to an awkward end, both musicians stop and laugh at the unexpected groove that just took place and I couldn’t have been happier to witness it. Enjoy!

The Carolina Theater built in 1923 is the cities last of the original theaters built in Durham

The Carolina Theater built in 1923 is the last of the original theaters built in Durham

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