Photo Taken from: Dublin Concerts

Last nights concert was the first of three in the National Concert Hall for James Vincent McMorrow and his band as part of his Post Tropical tour. He has spent the last while touring in Australia and this is his first show in his hometown and he was clearly excited to be home and playing in the National Concert Hall. An intimidating venue usually more suited to classical music or musicals but it perfectly suited the hauntingly beautiful tunes from James’ second album. The support was from a Dublin-band Slow Skies with beautiful, fragile vocals from lead singer, Karen Sheridan. The staging was pretty spectacular with pyramids changing colour to the music and bringing the post-tropical theme to life. The lighting was equally impressive and added to the atmosphere. But the star of the show were the songs, both old and new. It was definitely worth getting out of my sick bed for and facing the stormy Dublin weather. I loved every minute. He is a great musician and so are his band mates playing as he jokingly said ‘about 75 instruments each’. For the four of them, there is quite a symphony of sound.

Things we learnt about James last night:
1. He likes pyramids.
2. He doesn’t like to take off his shirt.
3. He lives near the National Concert Hall.
4. He has a small studio upstairs in the National Concert Hall.

This album is a departure from his first but still beautifully crafted. The thing I love about James is he is unique – always original, never copied. Last night was sublime.