Ryan O’Shaughnessy at The Voodoo Lounge – Review

Ryan O’Shaughnessy – The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin – July 19th, 2013

The Voodoo Lounge, Dublin seems to be the perfect intimate setting for the Live Music events they host every Thursday, and this week was no different.

First up to occupy the attention of the crowd was acoustic singer/songwriter and former Seven Days frontman, Ian James White. Ian executed a fitting atmospheric set of smooth vocals to a slight Ben Howard reminiscing guitar style.

Following this stripped back set came Jesse Heffernan alongside his band- The Partisans- in the form of funky trumpet sounds and bass riffs. Lifting the mood in the venue with upbeat originals, their feel-good cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Move On Up’ sparked an immediate reaction with the crowd.

As Empire Circus took to the stage with their thundering Alt-Pop tracks, the energy reflected off these well written melodies. Holding a progressive sound similar to that of BellX1 Two Door Cinema Club, they really had the atmosphere building. Concluding their amplified set with their current single- ‘There Is A Light’- Empire Circus definitely know how to perform.

Drawing towards the end of the night, Indie Rockers, TouchWood took to the stage to showcase some of the familiar tracks off their debut EP, on top of unreleased material. Clearly enhancing a lively stage presence, these guys have a very enjoyable live quality. Stand out track of their set for me came in the form of one of their final songs- ‘Count The Stars’ as it lay a more mellow feel on the overall set.

Fifth and final act of the night was Dublin singer/songwriter and Britains Got Talent finalist, Ryan O’Shaughnessy. Ultimately the star of the night, Ryan came out to introduce fans to some new tracks- kicking off with ‘Have You Heard The News?’. Capturing quite a different sound, accompanied by a full band, Ryan’s music seems to be taking a straighter depth with a mature complexity shining through. The first half of the set seemed to trace a slight division from the older sense of ‘Kiss Me’ and the famous single ‘No Name’.

The track which stood out above the rest for me was ‘Before The Sun Sets’, as well as Ryan’s top-notch cover of the classic ‘Man In The Mirror’. Finishing the night on what was only to be expected, Ryan dived back to his roots and performed widely recognised and extremely well-received debut single, ‘No Name’.

A night of top Irish talent across different spectrums of the music industry was displayed at the Voodoo Lounge; keeping the crowd content for another week.

Review by Wynona Grant

 

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