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James Vincent McMorrow



July 26, 2012

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by FionaMar

Headlining on one of the final nights of the Galway Arts Festival this summer was James Vincent McMorrow, Irish folk singer and songwriter from County Dublin. McMorrow is renowned for his folk style and influences, displayed on his debut and completely self-recorded and played album entitled ‘Early in the Morning’.

After support from two fellow Irish artists, it was McMorrow who really stole the show. He opened his set with ‘The Sparrow and the Wolf’. His performance was captivating from start to finish. He is now well-established into the mainstream music scene and has gained a large fan base. This was evident from the audience singing along beautifully to ‘Breaking Hearts’. This was followed by a heart-rending performance of ‘Follow Me Down to the Red Oak Tree’ that would almost move you to tears. This featured in 2010 film ‘Third Star’, displaying McMorrow’s delicate, husky voice.

He rocked it up for the second half of his set with heavier guitar and more powerful vocals on tracks such as ‘From The Woods!’, which broke through the wall of conversations in the crowd which, unfortunately, were audible from some in the first half of his performance.

He had great banter with the audience which is unusual for his concerts, in which he is known for his still and expressionless façade. It seems he fed off the energy of the crowd and the excitement during the second half of his set was remarkably palpable. His finale ‘We Don’t Eat’ can only be described as mesmerising. One could almost hear the intake of thousands of breaths. For the final chorus of the song he simultaneously played the drums and piano. Fans belted out the lyrics for what made for a truly spellbinding experience. He came out for an encore of his popular rendition of ‘Higher Love’. It was hard to keep the smile off your face to see thousands of hands upraised and open towards the sky. So powerful was this performance that people were still singing it in unison on their walk home through the city on that warm, bright July night.

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