- 21 Sep 15
A plethora of Irish stars rock the Spiegeltent
The charming surrounds of the Fringe Festival Spiegeltent was the venue for a night of sonic adventure courtesy of a host of well-known faces including Jape, Niamh Farrell of Ham Sandwich fame, The Young Folk and many more. As indicated in the title of the event the setlist is a no holds barred mélange of covers and originals, which runs the gamut of genres.
In a night of many highlights Wexford songstress Wallis Bird made quite the impression with her tent-raising versions of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ and Prince’s ‘Kiss’. In fact the Minneapolis singer proved quite popular, The Young Folk chose his ‘When Doves Cry’ as part of their thrilling contribution to the festivities.
Niamh Farrell’s scintillating ‘Babooshka’ was one of many respectful nods to Kate Bush and the duet-of-the-night occurred when she was joined by Wallis for a raucous ‘Proud Mary’.
As well as doing a stellar job backing various vocal luminaries the house band also got to steal the spotlight when Gavin Glass enthralled with his blistering take on The Boss’ ‘Born To Run’ and Graham Hopkins bewitched with his tribute to hero Levon Helm, ‘Ophelia’.
Last minute addition to the cast Jape cast his spell with magical performances of his own ‘Harrington Street’ and ‘This Chemical Sea’. Elsewhere Pete Pamf and visiting chanteuse Mama Kin also wowed.
A grand finale of Arcade Fire’s ‘Wake Up’ performed by the full ensemble left us tingling with delight. Encore!