By the time The Foghorns reached the Madison stop on their U.S. tour, they were admittedly fairly tired, having traveled to the Midwest from Iceland. This didn't prevent the country-folk-rock band from playing a warm and spirited show at Café Zoma on Thursday, Feb. 8. It was a welcome homecoming for Bart Cameron, the band's singer, who grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the UW-Madison.
The live concert video follows below.
The song performed in the video clip, "So Sober," can be found in another live version on The Foghorns' 2006 release New Low. The album's
liner notes provide a brief history of the group:
Bart played the Foghorns in the New York bluegrass community from 2002-2003. Then came the Iceland bucket experiment. The success of the bucket experiment, and the limited release album, So Sober, led to the new Foghorns four-piece band. That band recorded a double album throughout the United States and Iceland, and released it in October 2006 in Iceland after a series of performances at the Iceland Airwaves festival.There are also video clips for two other songs performed by The Foghorns in town. One features the group playing "Lullaby," and the other focuses on the end of the concert when they perform "Wake Up."
Both The Foghorns and observers deemed this Madison tour stop a success. "Madison and Café Zoma and the many people who came out and bought our CDs and every shirt and sweatshirt we had," the band proclaimed, "Madison you have completely saved us." Scott Gordon, the city editor for the Madison edition of The Onion, agreed with this assessment.More information about the band can be found in an article published by the UW-Oshkosh Advance-Titan, and in a profile provided by the Iceland Airwaves festival. More of the music is available for listening on the band's MySpace page.
If you're traveling to Iceland, one good place to see if The Foghorns are playing is The Reykjavik Grapevine, an English-language alternative-format magazine published 18 times a year. Cameron edited the publication before turning more of his attention to music.