Mumford & Sons finished off their celtic tour around Scotland and Ireland last night in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre for a late night gig and I was one of the lucky ones that got a ticket [thanks to Frankie]. We were up in the upper circle with a great view of the stage from high. Albatross was supporting and did a short but talkative set telling us all about their trip round Ireland and visiting the Cliffs of Moher and horse-back riding – Failte Ireland would be proud. Glad to hear it’s not all work and no play!

The Olympia is the perfect venue to see the guys. They really inspire feet stomping and hand clapping at the same time lifting your heart, they rock your soul. Perfect harmonies and Marcus’s distinctive voice combined with excellent musicianship and songs that build to a crescendo finish all lend perfectly to a happy audience who enter into the spirit of the gig. They are most definitely a band that needs to be seen live to really see their songs come alive. They played almost all of their excellent, brit-winner-worthy album as well as giving us a healthy sampling of the new songs for their second album. The crowd went crazy for the old stuff and listening with intent to the new stuff. They also did an acoustic version of ‘Timshel’ standing at the front edge of the stage which is a brave thing to do at a midnight gig but as they had the crowd eating out of their hands it worked. The new stuff is more of the same which is good news to me – when you find a winning formula, why change it. Can’t wait for their second album and their return to Ireland.