Sorry i couldn’t be there for this one!
“Black Box is always one of my favourite gigs”, Andy tells us as he sits down to begin his set at Belfast International Arts Festival. With the room in a cabaret style layout and candles flickering on tables surrounded by pints of Guinness and bottles of red wine, Belfast’s Black Box really is the perfect setting for an Andy Irvine solo concert.
Tonight Andy is at his finest when contemplative. Brackagh Hill, dedicated to his Mother, is beautifully rendered with the intricate bouzouki perfectly accompanying the sombre vocals. The best moment of the night comes from the depths of Andy’s back catalogue as, midway during the second half, he breaks out the old Planxty classic As I Roved Out. There is a palatable hush as the familiar melody comes to life and the crowd is held as he recounts the tragic tale of lost love.
The lighter moments…
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