After waiting over 18 months to sample the live music, it was with a sense of expectation and excitement that we traveled to Cloughjordan, a small, isolated town in North Tipperary, better known nationally. for its ecological references than for its musical heritage.
However, there is a real sense of the ‘build and they will come’ mentality to what the community of Cloughjordan has built with its beautifully landscaped amphitheater, designed by Michael Canney, with the extraordinary stage canopy design by Caelan. Bristow. They’ve been hosting a variety of arts and music events since 2019 with David Kitt, Lisa O’Neill and Mick Flannery all performing there. Fortunately, no fences or enclosures for those in attendance tonight, just demarcated areas on the various levels of the amphitheater, or there is a place on the surrounding grassy banks if that’s what you prefer.
Talented singer-songwriter from Nenagh Dàwna opens a musical party evening. Switching between keys and guitar, he’s an engaging performer with an absolutely powerful voice and a repertoire of songs that thrill the assembled crowd, especially the current single. My heart, my soul.
Susan o’neill, the musical gem of West Clare, who has developed an impressive career since working with King Kong Company making its own mark on the Irish music scene, with powerful solo releases, and baby talk his duet with Mick flannery, which was a real musical highlight of the past year.
O’Neill begins her set on her own, moving effortlessly from guitar to trumpet, her ability to loop through many elements, including multiple harmonies, provides a superb tapestry of sounds to frame her magnificent soulful voice, this is perfectly. illustrated with his performance of One day borrows another.
She is joined by Cillian & Lorcan Byrne from Basciville mid-set, which provide additional accompaniment on drums and piano as the set continues to reach exceptional heights. Trees being particularly remarkable at night, it is an emotional tour de force, the environmental theme of which suits our environment, which at nightfall becomes more magical every minute.
Audience warmth for O’Neill breathes throughout, as they clearly revel in the opportunity to once again be able to enjoy live music of this caliber. The 10pm curfew comes and goes and it’s clear now is the time to sing, with a wonderful rendition of the Bob Dylan classic Blow in the wind closing the show with the singer and the fans in perfect unison.
Live music is back and we missed it !!