Courtney Marie Andrews – Whelans – 29-08-17 – Live Review
About half way through her set, Courtney told the audience about her first trip to Whelans. She used to jam with an Irish man, who told her about the venue. She emailed them and asked if could she play there. They replied and said they hadn’t heard of her, but she could play during the afternoon in the bar if she wanted. So she took the ferry over and did just that! She played for the bar man and a couple of punters who were in the bar at the time for a low key debut. Thankfully the audience was considerably bigger this time out!
Her band were a five piece on the night, with guitars, bass, keyboard and drums. Courtney played guitar and sang. Despite being only 26 years of age, she has six albums to her name which date back to 2008. She has been playing live since the age of 15 and it shows in her ease and presence on stage. She recently appeared on Later…with Jools Holland, with Jools even joining her on one song as her star continues to rise.
She started the set with ‘How Quickly Your Heart Mends’ which is from her 2016 release Honest Life. She followed it up with Buffalo, which is about the gentrification of American cities, she said with a laugh. Courtney seemed to enjoy interaction with the audience and talked of the bands failed attempts to find a hotel in Dublin that was not above a pub! She also said she was amazed at how many Irish bars had live music, claiming that we are a very musical nation. We will accept her compliment without debate!
The set included some new songs. Three days after the end of this current tour, the band will go into the studio to record her new album and we were treated to a preview of some of them, including The Kindness of Strangers, which was one of the highlights of the night.
There were a couple of songs where they mixed up the arrangements with members of the band disappearing back stage. We were also treated to a solo rendition of Paintings from Michael, which was dedicated to her ‘incarcerated painter uncle Michael’ who used to send her paintings he worked on while in prison.
While Country music or Americana is often said to be depressing, there was something very joyous about this set. She has a very impressive voice, with a great vocal range. The night finished with a short encore which included a Bob Dylan cover ‘Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You’. It was an enjoyable set from this young talented artist, who is certainly one to watch.
Scott Hirsch played support on the night as part of a four piece, including guitar, bass and drums. He played songs from his Blue Rider Songs album which the audience enjoyed.
How Quickly Your Heart Mends
Table for One
Put the Fire Out
Long Road Back To You
Kindess of Strangers
Not the End
Woman of Many Colors
Heart and Mind
Took You Up
15 Highway Lines
Rough Around the Edges
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You – (Bob Dylan cover)