Paddy Casey at Whelan’s (Photos and Review)
Paddy Casey played Whelan’s last Friday, May 24th.
Who knew Whelan’s would be so packed on a sunny Friday afternoon? To be honest, packed is an understatement. Paddy Casey’s Whelan’s gig was highly anticipated. The venue, including the balcony were absolutely full of people who wanted to have a good time. And they had loads of it.
One wouldn’t expect much energy and dancing from a solo artist and his guitar. However, Paddy Casey had no less than 7 very talented musicians behind him who added all the ingredients to make the night a very special one.
The set started slow, with just Paddy, Fiona (keyboards) and Jonathon (flute) on stage. As more of the band joined in, the tunes became more alert. The first peak of the night, a cover of Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman” got people cheering and dancing for the first time. “Sinnerman” was followed by “Bend Down Low” a softer tune that came as a well deserved break after all that dancing. “Show Me Yours”, the next tune on the setlist brought the energy level up again as the pints kept coming and the people slowly started sliding into weekend mode.
The whole set lasted for more than two hours, but the crowd still wanted more. The twenty or so songs weren’t enough for Paddy Casey’s fans who loudly asked for an encore. The encore brought a few more tunes, including “Saints and Sinners” and “It’s Over Now”.
Support came from Galia Arad.
Photos by Tudor Marian