I'll admit that my husband and I were very excited to attend this concert by the Mc Masters. I had researched them on TripAdvisor, saw the glowing reviews, and even watched a couple of their YouTube videos before our trip to Kauai.
1) Doug is OUTSTANDING...a truly gifted & passionate musician. We felt honored to have been able to hear one of the few remaining artists who play the traditional slack key music.
2) Sandy is an incredibly talented musician, and she is a wonderful story-teller.
3) The Hanalei Community Center is quaint & a perfect setting for this type of event.
1) If the percentage of music vs. talking had been even 70%/30%, we would have loved it. Unfortunately, the percentage was closer to 40%/60% and at best 50%/50%. "Concert" just did not seem the appropriate title for the event.
2) After delaying the start of the event by approx. 15 minutes, Doug & Sandy told the audience that they were waiting for a group of "special visitors" (a long row of prime seats in the middle of the audience was empty). The McMaster's continued to talk about various subjects (music healing the sick, etc.) trying to give the guests more time to arrive. In the end, they started the event 25 min. later than scheduled, with the special visitors not arriving until half-way through.
3) By the time the intermission ended, we had been at the event for 1 1/2 hours. The problem - we had heard only 5 songs - 5 short but ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL songs & many DELIGHTFUL stories.
We ended up having to exit the event as quietly as we could as they were about to begin their 2nd set as we had scheduled other activities that afternoon (2 hours was supposed to be the max event time). Another group of guests had already done so a few minutes before.
***Caveat - we may have come on the one day when Doug & Sandy made the unfortunate (but somewhat understandable) mistake of delaying the start of their event by 25 minutes for "special guests" who didn't show up until an hour into their performance.
However, being someone who does concerts myself, I truly believe that a choice like that is a dis-service to the all of the other concert-goers.
I'm so thankful that this gorgeous style of music/folklore is living on through the Mc Masters, and we're both glad that the vast majority of participants love their experience.
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