Gig Reviews

Dylan Tighe – Grand Social – 13-02-14 – Review

Dylan Tighe - Dublin - Feb 2014

Dylan Tighe took to the stage of the Grand Social a little before 10 pm, with a pretty impressive band. On the night, Dylan was joined by Seán Mac Erlaine (This is how we Fly) on Bass, Clarinet & Saxophone, Donal Mac Erlaine on Saw & Trumpet and Conor Murray on Drums. By anyone’s standards this was an unusual arrangement, with a brass section winning over from the typical bass or keyboard options. Dylan played guitar himself as well as singing.

The evening opened with a sample from Bertie Ahern asking why the begrudgers don’t just kill themselves. It’s always good to unite a crowd against a common enemy! The songs on the evening were largely taken from Dylan’s début album ‘Record’, which is an album that deals with his ongoing battles with depression and mental illness. It’s an unusual topic for an album and possibly more so for a Thursday night crowd in a pub in Dublin, but the songs themselves are often upbeat in nature and the music was impressive. There was a rendition of Ghost that featured guitar, sax, drums and saw that could only be described as haunting (sorry, couldn’t resist). The two song encore were on a happier note with ‘Forever Young’ and a new song about being a Cult leader! It was an accomplished night of music, and the introduction of the various brass elements altered the songs, and made for a quite special evening.

Dylan Tighe’s new album ‘Record’ was released earlier this month, and our review of it is here.  We’ve already decided it is one of the Irish Albums of the year.

Support on the night came in the form of Hilary Woods (ex JJ72). It’s rare that you hear a crowd fall silent for a support band, and she certainly had our attention for her short and quite lovely set! We hope to hear more from her soon.

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