Oops, I'm very late posting this, aren't I? Have been pretty jetlagged and out of it since getting back to California.
Just over a year and a half ago, Ken(adian) and I saw the Webb Sisters at their three Canadian shows. When the opportunity came up to repeat the experience in Ireland of all places, we jumped at the chance.
First, Belfast. We ended up getting there very early, but really enjoyed the bar itself. The food was surprisingly good. Speaking of food in Belfast, Nu Delhi Lounge had some absolutely amazing Indian food. Anyway. We ended up being maybe 20th in line to get in the door, but snagged a couple of fairly good seats. As we stood in line, we heard whispers of “Leonard Cohen … Sligo … Kilmainham … backup singers …”
Matt McGinn, who opened the show both in Belfast and Dublin, was very good (to my pleasant surprise). I'm always a bit wary of opening acts, but truly enjoyed his performance. In fact, we ended up buying his CD in Dublin. He's quite talented and I'd highly recommend seeing him if you get the chance.
In addition to some of the songs from their new album, the Webb Sisters performed a couple of lovely covers. To my delight, they also sang “Momentary” – which holds a special place in my heart – and went straight into an Irish tune (the Musical Priest, I believe). Thanks to Albert for capturing this piece, from the Meath show, in one of his excellent videos!
For their encore, they walked into the audience to perform two songs acoustically. It was a perfect way to close the show.
While most of the audience seemed to have been there because of curiosity prompted by the Leonard Cohen connection, it seemed that they quickly fell under the sisters' spell. By the end of the show, I suspect most of them were also Webb Sisters fans.
Next, Dublin. The set list was pretty similar, both from Matt and the Webb Sisters. The banter between songs kept it fresh, while the performance was as brilliant as ever. While we didn't know most of the forum members present, it was nice to get to chat with Marie and Albert for a few minutes after the show.
Finally, Meath. A different opening act this time. His name is slipping my mind. Unfortunately, I had a splitting headache at the time and therefore was unable to fully appreciate his music.
The Webb Sisters' set list was pretty similar again, but again their talent kept it fresh. “In Your Father's Eyes” from this show was especially vibrant, probably their best performance of it that I've heard. They also performed “Torches” from Daylight Crossing for the first time in these three shows. It was a wonderful treat – it's always been my second favorite Daylight Crossing song (after “Momentary”) so it was a pleasure to hear it live. We enjoyed getting to chat with Marie and Albert again after this show.
As always, the Webb Sisters were quite gracious in meeting fans after the show. Their apparently genuine interest in each interaction with their fans is wonderful – they're just as warm and likeable offstage as onstage. We also had the pleasure of speaking with their parents, Graham and Mandy, at two of the shows.
All in all, a wonderful trio of shows and the perfect way to wrap up a trip to Ireland.
2009: Oakland 2x, St. Louis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, San Jose
2010: Sligo 2x, Lisbon, Caen, Grenoble, Strasbourg, Marseille, Tours, Lille, Oakland 2x (again), Las Vegas 2x