Neil Young: Homecoming On A Friday Night

Neil Young played an intimate acoustic show to 200 people in his hometown of Omemee, Ontario Friday night that was live streamed across the and iHeartRadio Canada platforms and on Facebook outside of Canada.

The set featured classics like "Helpless," "Heart of Gold," "Old Man," and "Sugar Mountain," as well as rarely performed cuts that included “There's A World" and “Don’t Be Denied.”

Over the course of the evening, he alternated between several guitars, two pianos, an organ, a handful of harmonicas, and multiple hats.

He shared stories of a lot of the instruments, like how his baby grand piano has lived through more than one hundred years and a fire.

He showed the audience a bullet hole in the bottom of one of his guitars, each of which had a name.

“I’m a little bit nervous here,” he told the audience at Coronation Hall. “I’m just settling into Omemee.”

Young was celebrating the launch of his digital archives – a sprawling online collection of released and previously unreleased material from his five-decade-long career – and the release of his new album, The Visitor.

The Neil Young Archive contains all the music released as a soloist or as a member of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The earliest track is his 1963 song “Aurora from his time in The Squires and the catalogue runs right up to The Visitor.

Some of his work with Buffalo Springfield and a few unreleased albums aren't available to stream but the site says it will be adding more material in the future.

The entire site is constructed like an old filing cabinet and includes sheet music, press clippings and pictures accompany the songs, along with access to a half century's worth of music.

Additional reading:

Neil comes home: Omemee resident Émilie Quesnel attended the December 1 Neil Young concert and shares her experienceKawartha Now

Various comments about the show from fans everywhere, including a select few who attended – Neil Young Facebook page

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