Irish Sea Sessions 2012

What a truly pleasurable and engaging set of performances graced the Philharmonic stage on Friday night. A mix of gaelic singing, amazing musicianship and even the surreal addition of an ELECTRIC GUITAR (I can hear the purists fainting with horror just at the thought) brought to life a varied programme of music. The quality of performers, who came from a variety of places, even some locals, whether performing folk, traditional Irish, some scouse favourites and even a Beatles number would have shone a light through even the darkest pint of Guinness. The description of the gaelic tune ‘S é Oakum Mo Phrisúin’ where a man had been put in prison for his production of illegal whiskey reminded of the Biennial at the Post Office (still on way into November) where I was privileged to be involved in a whisky tasting. The superb re-imagining of the Beatles ‘Come Together’ complete with whistles and uillean pipes was a fitting end to the first half. The addition to the Sea Sessions of the renowned Damien Dempsey added a strong traditional Irish tone to the evening reminiscent of the Wolftones. Ending with a sea session tradition, this being their third annual concert, of ‘The Leaving of Liverpool’ had everyone already regretting that the performers had to go. A one not to be missed next year.

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