What a wonderfully inspired evening of songwriting, musicianship and performance last night at The Thumb! Yes, it's true. Nathaniel Talbot and Anna Tivel are "the real deal" - two shining examples of being present in the moment and giving it your very best. From the beginning we were drawn in by Anna Tivel's intimate ballads, sweet soprano, finger picked guitar and fine fiddling. When poet and songwriter Nathaniel Talbot, stepped on stage a few songs later, the sparks began to fly. His strong and expressive baritone, powerful, unexpected chord changes and delicate fingerpicking style and Anna's rich fiddle tone, vocal harmonies and mandolin were the perfect compliment. The superbly crafted songs, sometimes upbeat and humorous , sometimes powerfully rhythmic, sometimes dark and dissonant were masterfully arranged. The dynamics and interplay between musicians was thrilling and the music seemed to transcend and unfold deeper, more subtle, beautiful and haunting with each song. The first half of the concert was excellent. The second half was sublime. It was gratifying to hear both artists express genuine delight and appreciation for the audio production (Greg Deer), lighting (Barb Berg), the "cozy home" hospitality (Richard Fynn, Rich and Dorothy DeCuir, Lindsay Douglas) and the 20 + people who showed up to see and hear them perform. We were the fortunate ones who had the great joy of seeing and hearing two brilliant solo artists combine their talents to create a completely captivating experience.