In Florida Lone Bellow was the draw, and Ida Mae was a bonus

Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, the duo Ida Mae, opened for Lone Bellow at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Florida) April 16, 2018.

My daughters Jen and Rebecca, otherwise known as The Crazy Daysies, enjoy going to concerts with their dad who is also a musician. On Monday, all three went to see Lone Bellow, a group we all fell in love with the last time they were in Jacksonville. Lone Bellow didn’t disappoint their fans on April 16, and there was a bonus—Ida Mae. 

(L to R) Randy Day, Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin (Ida Mae), and Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies). Taken at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Florida) April 16, 2018.
(L to R) Randy Day, Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin (Ida Mae), and Jennifer Day Thompson and Rebecca Day (The Crazy Daysies). Taken at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall (Florida) April 16, 2018.

The concert was on a Monday night, so attendance was lower than Lone Bellow’s previous concert at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Ida Mae opened for Lone Bellow, and a timeline check shows both bands on a tour that would tire the most seasoned traveler.

Ida Mae’s Facebook page classes their music as “British Blue-eyed Soul / Acoustic Americana”. The Brit duo is made up of Stephanie Jean and Chris Turpin. They’re signed to Decca, so they’re not really an indie group as far as that goes. But their music is indie because it doesn’t fit a prescribed mold.

Great harmony, an on-fire guitarist in Turpin, and a dynamic presentation drew applause from the crowd. The fact the place wasn’t jammed made it even nicer for those who came out to hear the duo—a rare opportunity for an intimate concert.

My husband, ever the supporter of good music, bought two CDs. And he had a great time celebrating his special day with our girls.

Ida Mae will bounce between Texas, Florida, Zurich (Switzerland), Beverungen (Germany), and West London in weeks to come. If you get a chance, go hear them. You won’t be disappointed.

(Kay B. Day/April 18, 2018)

*Photos of Ida Mae courtesy of Rebecca Day/The Crazy Daysies

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