Rory Barnes spends an evening with the Irish singer-songwriter during the Glasgow stop on his UK tour
Make sure you do check out the wonderfully talented, upcoming talent that is Jack Vallier who opened up for Dermot. He is about to head on tour with Jade Bird, and his track ‘Good For You’ has just surpassed 2 million plays on Spotify. His single ‘Rebekah’ is a personal favourite of mine too.
After Jack warmed us up, or in his words ‘made us depressed enough’, it was time for the headline act Dermott Kennedy to take to the stage.
Breath-taking. Intense. Passionate. Dermot Kennedy is all of this and more.
He took to the Saint Luke’s stage in Glasgow, as a sold-out crowd stood and took it all in, his emotional lyrics, his Irish husky voice and the talents of not only Dermot, but his whole band. Treating the crowd to old songs, current songs and soon to be released songs, it was a roller-coaster of emotions.
There were happy tears, there were sad tears, the way Dermot explained what the tracks were about, why he wrote them and how much they meant to him, it added so much more emotion.
Having recently finished a European leg of the tour, now embarking on a few UK dates, before heading over to the US, there is so much demand for the talented singer songwriter, and this performance showed us just why. He managed to make a large venue feel so small and intimate, with powerful tracks such as ‘Boston’ ‘An Evening I Will Not Forget’ and ‘After Rain’.
Well-crafted and intensely personal lyrics, matched with acoustic and some subtle electronic elements made Dermot’s performance something that I have struggled to put down into words. It will always be a show I will remember, and I already can’t wait for the next time I can see him.
Words and photos by Rory Barnes
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