by Tiffany Jarva
The audience swayed on the dance floor, at the bar and in their seats during Sarah Harmerâ€™s non-stop, almost two-hour set at The Outpost in January. Perhaps a little more road-weary than she was when she played at The Auditorium nearly five years ago to promote her country-roots inspired Iâ€™m a Mountain, the Canadian songstress continues to be captivating on stage with her melodious voice, effortless-seeming guitar playing, especially on â€œI Am Aglowâ€, and a relaxed, easygoing stage presence. Harmer moved easily between her lingering songs about heartbreak and loneliness â€“her solo performance of â€œOleanderâ€ was beautiful. Her electric rock-inspired tunes like â€œCaptiveâ€ and â€œOne Matchâ€ off her catchy new pop-rock album Oh Little Fire were deliciously infectious. She treated the crowd to her breakthrough commercial hit â€œBasement Apartment,â€ and other early songs like â€œHideout,â€ and â€œUniform Grey.â€
Passionate about saving the Niagara Escarpment from over-development, Harmer is the founder of PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), and it came as no surprise when she sang her acoustic hit â€œEscarpment Blues.â€
At the end of the night, Harmer slipped into the shoes of iconic songstress Stevie Nicks covering Fleetwood Macâ€™s â€œDreamsâ€ with the opening act Gentleman Reg (who also did a splendid cover of Sheryl Crowâ€™s â€œIf it Makes You Happyâ€ earlier in the evening). Harmer sang Nicksâ€™ words, â€œthunder only happens when itâ€™s raining,â€ and the audience swayed on the dance floor, at the bar and in their seats until there was no more.