Dock Street I: December 30th, 1996
History and Notes:
This is the first annual J,LC performance at the Dock Street Theatre.
In the first year, the band used no amplification
The audience recording (analog cassette) is available on archive.org
Ocean Grace from this performance is available on The Early Years Vol. I
Please donate photographs from this show
This was the first, before these shows were known as the 'Dock Street Shows.' We were just looking for a theater that we could play, completely acoustically, like we had loved to do in the days of busking. We tried two or three others, before we worked a deal with the historic Dock Street. So, we could be talking about the 'Queen Street Theatre' Shows, or the 'Sotille Theatre' Shows, but no. Our pals in the Blue Dogs had played Dock Street, and they gave a good word for us.
It was a simple show, and everyone complained of not being able to hear, because we used no amplification whatsoever. I remember being nervous about some of the songs we hadn't been playing, namely the Irish music, because I had 'sworn off of it' for nearly two years. But we had so much fun we started talking, even then, of making it a tradition. Who knew?
- Matthew Bivins