Feminists have been accused of lacking a sense of humor on occasion, but there was much laughter and little rhetoric during the women's music concert at Georgetown University's Gaston Hall Saturday night.
For Meg Christian the occasion was even a bit nostalgic. Ten years ago Christian performed at the first women's concert in Washington and she joked that she now views the movement in periods -- early, middle and late. In concert, she concentrated on the late, bringing a sublime voice, irrespressible wit and graceful classical guitar accompaniment to several pieces from her new album.
Ferron, the Canadian folk singer, opened. Her songs mixed descriptive passages of her homeland with personal glimpses of her own life as both a woman and a musician -- all of which had an unmistakable '60s folk ring to it.
Robin Flower and Band, who have yet to release their first album, were a revelation to some. Whether flat-picking an acoustic guitar, stringing together a jazz solo on "Lullaby of Birdland" or tearing through old-time string band tunes on fiddle and mandolin, Flower was a delight to hear. Barbara Higbie, also on fiddle and mandolin, occasionally helped the band achieve the ensemble zest associated with the David Grisman band.