Eoin Glackin at The Workman’s Club – Review

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eoin-glackin-whelans-49Eoin Glackin at the Workman’s Club, July 26th 2013

A damp night outside contrasted with the warmth of the music in the Workman’s Club last night when Singer/Songwriter Eoin Glackin hit the stage of the venue with his band. The Dublin performer released his 2nd album ‘Rain Finally Came’ back in March of this year.

Support on the night came from Scottish artist Michael MacLennan. With a hint of David Gray about him, he pumped out good song after good song. Hitting home with his self-written songs like ’To The Fire’ and ‘Old Time Story’. His best song of the night was the closer of his set, ‘On the Right Side Now’, a wonderfully written piece.

Guitar in hand, Glackin took to the stage with his brand of upbeat Indie Folk. A decent turnout meant you could hear the crowd sing along to some of his better known songs like the title track from his recent album ‘Rain Finally Came’.

Glackin broke up the setlist of his own songs with a few covers, the first a nice cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Oliver’s Army’. Not an easy song to play live but he breezed through it. He followed it up a few songs later, with big audience participation; The Waterboys tune ‘Fisherman Blues’.

The mood in the room dropped with some of his darker numbers like ‘Mrs Campbell’, a song about the mother of the young plumber Anthony Campbell. Anthony was an innocent victim in a gangland killing in Dublin in 2006.

As they left the stage after the final song, the crowd called for “one more tune”, Glackin appeared back out, unplugged his guitar and climbed offstage. The crowd gathered around him as his belted out an amazing rendition of the late Mic Christopher’s ‘Heyday’. No microphones or amps needed, it was still the loudest song of the night. A really fitting tribute, that gave this writer goosebumps.

You can find out more about Eoin from his official site.

Review by Pat Byrne

 

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