Route 66 is more concert than theatre, but for the guitar enthusiast it’s a pleasing hour spent with virtuoso Colin Godbout on a musical tour across the U.S. heartland.
The act is the Victoria B.C.. native’s American version of last year’s TransCanada ’69, a tuneful trip across our nation through the iconic songs of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Breau and others. Along for this year’s ride are Pat Metheny, Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles, the Deltones and more.
As Godbout passes from state to state along Route 66 — truly a mythical highway, no longer marked on modern maps — he squeezes a lot of sound out of his six-string. That’s a good thing, because the moments he doesn’t play and attempts banter with the audience are awkward. A little more polish to his chat would bring it up to the level of his guitar playing, although it would take some fancy words indeed to match his fine flamenco turn.
— Julie Carl
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Get your kicks on Godbout’s Route 66. It winds from sweet home Chicago beyond Pat Metheny’s Missouri sky to Bruce Springsteen’s ode to migrant Okies, Ottmar Liebert’s New Mexican nuevo flamenco and a Californian surfari.
"Godbout’s a guitar virtuoso. You’ll spend the hour listening to gorgeous, jazz-infused renderings of musical landscape" - Winnipeg Free Press
Best of Fest - Winnipeg Fringe '09
Ragpickers Theatre (Venue 13), to July 25