June 2016        

Great night of music

Michael Healy

One of the highlights of this year’s James Connolly Festival was the music night with Anderson and his guests Bad Sea and Ciarán Dwyer. The concert in the New Theatre was probably the best show I’ve seen for a long time, with no set breaks as the performers cranked out tune after tune without a dull moment.
     Ciarán Dwyer opened the show in what was without doubt his finest performance ever, singing a combination of sweet folk and country music in this fantastic-sounding venue. In a strange turn of events, the headline act, Anderson, who played an amazing acoustic set from his album Patterns, took to the stage after Dwyer. This left it to the three-piece Bad Sea to close the show with the most incredible performance from their lead singer, Ciara Thompson, who lifted the roof with her magical voice.
     A great night of music.

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