Well to say the rushed drive from Limerick to Galway last night for this gig was worth it would be an understatement. My expectations were high but by golly were they met. And surprisingly the gig was free, I would have happily paid 10-15 quid.
Another surprise was the presence of one Richie Egan (a.k.a Jape) I thought he was just there for a listen but then he plugged in the bass guitar and away he went. Part of me was aching for a snippet of "Floating" but it never came.
Another surprise was the guy playing keys was playing his first ever gig and he appeared highly capable and at ease. It must be the company he keeps as Conor O'Brien (Villagers frontman, instigator) exudes such a warm and inviting presence to the stage. He is quite the talent and packs quite the punch for a guy with such an elf like stature.
His material is captivating and deep that complemented a set that flowed smoothly. The softer tunes were given the attention they deserved whilst the tunes that punched a hole in the room were delivered with impeccable pinache.
The Villagers "Hollow Kind EP" is out now.
Check them out here , or in whatever other way you can...even if you have to break the speed limit in getting to Galway from Limerick
No youtube vids up for the gig...but check this one out: