Slow Place Like Home @ Roisin Dubh 20/10/17 | Review

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Participant

Participant’s set was truly captivating. The small crowd was almost silencing by Stephen’s performance. What really captured attention was this musician’s mixture of sensitive and thoughtful lyrics, and his unafraid use of electronic/ synthetic elements to enhance the singer-songwriter stripped back set. Despite the sombre nature of the lyrics, and the minor chords, the crowd were nodding their heads along with the beat of each tune. This set was the perfect warm up for a crowd really involved in music loving.

Floor Staff

Floor Staff’s set was a bit more enhanced by drums and electro features. Yet, it still maintained the beauty of songwriting. As the crowd built in size, the more upbeat nature of this set was perhaps more suited to the tone of the evening.

Album Release Show: Slow Place Like Home

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The show marked the release of the band’s album When I See You… Ice Cream!. The band’s performance was unexpected and somewhat in discordance with the support acts. Yet, the music itself was an interesting arrangement blending features of electronic and rock genres.

The talent definitely lay in the music production rather than the writing itself. In fact, Stephen McCauley has called Keith Mannion (the man behind the band) “one of the finest producers in Ireland”.

However, this in some ways left the performance too reliant on elements of production perhaps best enjoyed through listening to the album in detail with headphones. As a live performance, details of the album were somewhat lost, and the audience was left longing for the simplicity of Participant’s opening act.

Hudson Taylor @ Roisin Dubh | 13/10/17 | Review

Hudson Taylor, once again, impressed, entertained and surprised the crowd at the Roisin Dubh in Galway on Friday 13th October.

The most surprising performance of the night was the upbeat version of “Open Up”. Fans are used to this song off being performed acoustically and emotionally. Instead, the band added rock-like drums and encouraged the energy of the crowd.

Old time favourites such as “Chasing Rubies” and “Battles” captured the attention of the crowd, with the crowd’s singing almost drowning the voices of the brothers.

Tadgh’s fiddle solo in “Don’t Know Why” was definitely the most beautiful moment of the show. Closely followed by Harry and Alfie’s sister, Holly, accompanying them in a short acoustic performance.

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New songs include a balance of folk ballads, love songs, and others in the style of “For the Last Time”/ “Off the Hook”- with defiant lyrics and powerful harmonies. The next album promises to carry this value of resilience through, but with a rockier vibe represented in “Feel it Again”, the band’s latest single.

The boys are back on 27th December, and promise another uplifting, yet festive, show.