Áine Cahill At The Grand Social – Photos & Review
From Glastonbury to The Grand Social, via Electric Picnic. Not a bad Summer for Cavan girl Áine Cahill who sold out her first solo gig on Friday night. Touted as a ‘new ‘discovery in the UK, Áine has been stunning audiences here since June 2014. Her single ‘Black Dahlia’ was exposed by Ian Dempsey on Today FM to massive critical acclaim. In fact, it was ‘Black Dahlia’ that lander her the prime time spot on the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury. Since then, industry hype has gathered momentum around every performance and tonight is no exception.
She opens the night with an impressive a capella version of Nancy Sinatra’s ‘Bang Bang’, her crystal clear vocal silencing the crowd into willing submission. There’s an old fashioned gleam to her songs, like a vintage filter from the 1950s. ‘The Pictures’ reminiscent of red velvet and black and white romance wrapped in a broken hearted, tearful melody. ‘Young And Beautiful’ is a plea from an aching soul who sees her beauty fading faster than her youth. ‘Will you still love me when I’m no longer beautiful? Will you still love me when all I’ve got is my aching soul?’ Modern insecurities prevail throughout Áine’s work, the inherent sadness in her voice both alluring and dramatic. ‘Blood Diamonds’ takes the tempo up to a bubble gum flavoured pop tart.A self-obsessed bitch and her bling, material girls at their worst. Sugar coated with Cahill’s glossy tones. ‘The 27 Club’ is tainted in grief, dedicated to all the stars who died at 27. Delicate melodrama and regret seep through this Winehouse styled song. ‘White Piano’ highlights the theme of loss, expertly played by pianist Louise Johnson. By now you’d think the audience would be in tears. But they are not. Every lyric resonates around the room as the story unfolds. A child questions and loss of her mother, all she has left is her mother’s white piano. ‘You were taken away from me when I was just a little girl, how could someone do that when my mama is my world?’ Áine has a taste for tragedy, packaged in rich harmonies with more hooks than a fisherman’s tackle. ‘Plastic’ is her next single. Accusations of lies and betrayal gnarl beneath this jazz infused smouldering little number. Highlight of the night is unsurprisingly ‘Black Dahlia’. The Glastonbury girl delivers this magnificent melodrama in all its Hollywood glory. The tragic tale of the aspiring actress who is murdered and left in a flowerbed became known as the Black Dahlia Murder. This music was made for movie screens.
Photos by Tudor Marian
Review by Ciara Sheahan