Walking On Cars at the Olympia Theatre – Review and Photos
11th of March saw Walking On Cars play the always beautiful Olympia Theatre. Walking on Cars are a five piece band hailing from Dingle Co. Kerry.
Little Hours first warmed up the crowd with their Donegal charm. The singer/songwriter duo consisted of Ryan on guitar and John on piano. Their soulful voices had the audience entranced and their melodies were vocally tight. I had heard good things about Little Hours and they definitely proved themselves as popular judging by the large portion of the crowd who turned up early to see their performance.
After a brief period, Walking on Cars took to the stage to a huge cheer from the audience. There was a slight hiccup when the band proceeded to play the first track not realising that lead singer Patrick Sheey’s microphone had not been switched on. After roughly two minutes the sound was restored and the show began properly.
The band played for just under an hour and a half, performing many of their hit songs such as ‘Two Stones’, ‘Tick Tock’, and ‘Always Be With You’, as well as new tracks that would possibly make it to their planned album. Walking on Cars also treated the crowd to a mashup of songs from Rihanna, Macklemore, Ed Sheeran and Ella Henderson, to name a few. This was followed immediately by my favourite Walking on Cars track, ‘Don’t Mind Me’. The setlist displayed their vocal abilities as well as their varied tempo songs that kept the audience engaged.
They also did a cover of Naughty Boy & Sam Smith’s ‘la la la’ before ending to an erupting audience with ‘Catch Me If You Can.’
I had previously reviewed Walking On Cars as a support act for The Script but it was great to see them play a full set. Although there were slight sound issues throughout the show, the audience’s enthusiasm didn’t waver.
The homegrown talent and Irish music exposure is going from strength to strength. Bands like Walking on Cars and Little Hours are further indication that the Irish music industry is developing and expanding in a way that is allowing for Irish talent to shine in the charts.
Review by Anna Henderson
Photos by David Doyle