Livestream Vancouver, British Columbia
Players: Patsy Thompson, vocals, acoustic guitar; Pamela Dominelli, vocals, bass guitar
Material: Thompson and Dominelli are each accomplished singer-songwriters and instrumentalists. They are also great interpreters of standards and radio fare. Their blend of both is seamless, with a relaxed, yet astute attention to detail. For example, classics like “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Angel from Montgomery” are faithfully delivered and do justice to respective composers Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. Thompson’s and Dominelli’s own tunes reflect their personal and deep country, rock, soul and blues roots, meshing nicely with the cover songs.
Musicianship: They are able to amass such a wide catalog because of their obvious skill sets and sense of music history. These kindred souls each bring a lot to the table in terms of facility on their instruments and an indelible vocal approach. Thompson’s lead phrasing is vast and adaptable to almost any style. Dominelli sings lead as well and stealthily weaves a ton of soul into harmony parts. Thompson’s smoothly voiced guitar chords and Dominelli’s beautiful walking bass lines intersect to offer a full audio spectrum. Many of the songs they perform were obviously written, with a full band in mind. But, with all the musical boxes checked as a duo, they still produce a sound that is polished, tight and succinct.
Performance: Jumping off from the previous statements, The Sweet P’s are music vets and artists in their own right. Sitting on their living room couch, the setting was laidback, candid and informal. But make no mistake, these ladies came to play! Highlights like Thompson’s “Fabulous Day” and “Joy Ride” are fan favorites and entertaining melodic modern country vehicles. Songs like Dominelli’s “Looking Back” really swung and had a great groove. Also her original “Love Please” featured hard-hitting sentiments on the challenges of maintaining relationships. They took fan requests and covered a wide swath, including Chilliwack’s “Crazy Talk” and Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s “Something Stupid.”
Summary: The Sweet P’s provided nearly two hours of uninterrupted entertainment as part of their regular Friday night livestream shows on Facebook. They are serious artists who don’t take themselves too seriously. And, based on comments in the chat room, their friends and fans heartily approve. Whether performing in their living room, a coffee shop or the concert stage, Thompson and Dominelli are sure to satisfy.