Thursday, 29 October 2015

Róisín O | Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, 23rd October

As part of Liverpool's Irish Festival, last Friday, Róisín O played her first show in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall's new Music Room. I had the pleasure of going, and it was an astonishing performance. 

Róisín played many songs from her debut album The Secret Life Of Blue (2012) as well as a couple of new songs and covers as well. Her performance showcased her beautiful vocal range and control, especially on songs such as Synchronicity and How Long. 

Before performing the inspiring Climb High, she explained her reasons for writing the track, 'It's a song about chasing your dream, and I love singing, this is what i'm meant to do and one day I said to myself, I just have to f****** do it" 

The fast paced You Owe Me A Drink is her 'ode to Ireland', she laughed as she told us "we like to have a drink us Irish". This song showcased her fantastic guitar skills.

Róisín played two covers during the show, a brilliant version of Sia's Chandalier with a bit of 2pac's California Love thrown in, which again showed us just how great her vocal range is. She also got everyone up dancing when playing that classic Fleetwood Mac song The Chain which she played the bass on. There is no end to Róisín's instrumental ability, she showed us she can play guitar, piano and bass - all extremely well. 

Róisín played a few new songs, including If You Got Love which was released in May this year. I was able to have a chat with her afterwards and she explained she is hoping to get another album out next year, I am really looking forward to hearing what else Róisín has to give us. 

There are so many different types of Irish music, not just traditional, Róisín O is a perfect example of this. If I had to put her in a genre (which I hate doing) I would say Alternative Pop, though you can hear her Irish Folk influences.

Róisín's whole performance was utterly captivating, if you ever get the chance to see her live don't miss it, I promise you, you won't regret it. 

(pictures from Tom Carroll - my lovely boyfriend

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