Review by Danny Gaisin
It was mid-July of 1987 when Prince Andrew & ‘Fergie’ were visiting Toronto. The city arranged some outdoor entertainment for the Royal couple. After assisting me with solo docking of Wind Breaker I at Ontario Place, Star reporter Rosie DiManno suggested I take in the free concert with her. The guest performers were THE NYLONS! Last night we had the opportunity to again enjoy one of their live performances as part of the ‘Charles T. Cozens Presents’series at Hamilton’s Lincoln Alexander Centre. Conclusion – I waited much too long … they’re still terrific entertainers.
The members may have changed but the style and a cappella format is intact. Originator Claude Morrison is still active; his present cohorts are Tyrone Gabriel; Gavin Hope & Garth Mosbaugh. We heard some of the group’s standards such as ‘Time of the Season’; “Up on the roof”; ‘Me and the Boys’ plus their unique rendering of the ‘Spiderman’ theme. For this patron, it was the encore ‘A Wimoweh’ and accompanying personal memories. In 1956, my Kibbutz roommate from South Africa taught us to sing “Mbube” in Zulu. Then, The Tokens’ & mainstream. The background effects that the Nylons incorporate have made it a standard part of their repertoire. Thanks, gang!
There were some aficionados from Rochester N.Y. who made the schlep and the cost of a overnighter at the Crowne, just for the chance to hear their idols close up and personal; because that’s the concept of Cozens’ events. His sit-down dialogs are more like eavesdropping on cocktail conversation than watching an interview. The host is knowledgeable plus usually has a particular history with his guests. They are at ease; the audience is comfortable, and the result is insightful. The first of the series was a treat; this one was highly entertaining and we’re optimistic about the Micah Barnes visit on Nov. 25th!