In a two-part series on CBC Radio's A Propos, Jim Corcoran talks about some of his all-time favourite concerts.
Starting from the premise that “artists who can deliver the goods live are the artists who will survive,” Corcoran presents nothing but great performers. He also speaks about life-changing concerts he has seen over the years.
If you’d like to compare notes, here is Jim Corcoran’s personal list of all-time favourite live performers:
Robert Charlebois Daniel Bélanger Ariane Moffatt Jean-Pierre Ferland Michel Pagliaro Loco Locass Richard Desjardins Louis-Jean Cormier Karkwa Galaxie Bob Dylan with Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson (The Band) Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Review Astor Piazzola The Red Hot Chilly Peppers The Beasty Boys Eminem Ravi Shankar John Martyn Joni Mitchell Leonard Cohen Gordon Lightfoot Buffy Saint Marie Kate and Anna McGarrigle James Taylor Tom Waits Leon Russel Leon Redbone Stevie Ray Vaughn Mogwai The Rolling Stones Gentle Giant The High Street Underground The Velvet Underground Vanilla Fudge Traffic Dick Annegarn Keith Kouna Malajube La Patere rose Les colocs Dédé Fortin Mara Tremblay Lisa LeBlanc Alexandre Désilets Diane Dufresne Lhasa de Sela Ritchie Havens Joan Baez Catherine Lara Steve Earle Loudon Wainwright 3rd K.D. Lang Lyle Lovett Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks Jackie Washington Dr. John Stan Rogers Paul McCartney George Harrison Billy Joel Cindy Lauper Stevie Wonder Pete Seeger Stéphane Grappelli Paul Dunn Scott Merritt Connie Kaldor Ken Hamm The Perth Country Conspiracy The Good Brothers Valdy Marie-Jo Thério
Tune in to A Propos to hear the music of francophone artists from that list. Inspiring artists like Daniel Bélanger, recorded here at the infamous Spectrum in Montreal.
Among the most memorable and talented artists Corcoran has ever seen is Dutch–Belgian singer-songwriter and guitarist extraordinaire, Dick Annegarn. "Every concert was a cool masterclass in brilliant bold songwriting, guitar playing and entertaining," says Corcoran. Watch Annegarn perform “Bébé elephant” live in Dunkerque, France, in 1973.
A Propos airs on Sunday at 4 p.m. (4:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio 2 and Saturday at 11 p.m. (6 p.m. AT, 6:30 p.m. NT) on CBC Radio One.