Submitted by niallb on 6 May 2013 - 9:35am
Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London, UK
Saturday 4th May 2013
I've seen Paul Brady more times than just about any other act. Over the years, he has played with a full band, just him and his pianist, Steve Clarke, or solo. In the last year, he discovered a new way to mic up the stage so that one ambient mic picks up his voice and acoustic guitar (see photo above). It has revolutionised his performance, giving him a freedom he never had before. The chance to roam! Tonight he packed his set with favourites like The Island, Follow On and Helpless Heart but also added rarely heard songs like The Road To The Promised Land and Dancer In The Fire from his first album of original songs, 1981's Hard Station. His voice soared in the wonderful venue. The sound was crystal clear and the new-found freedom has given him a joyfulness onstage that was missing before. I'd say he's having the time of his life.
Cadogan Hall seats 900 and it was almost full. Plenty of Irish representation, as you'd expect, whooping and hollering at the end of the up-tempo numbers like Crazy Dreams.
Food & drink:
The bar was lovely; spacious, well lit and friendly. Any venue that has an ice-bucket full of Laurent Perrier by the glass is obviously a cut above.
It made me think:
You know you're at the right gig when God walks by.