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The Brigid O’Neill Trio

Review by George Fleeton

George Fleeton

George Fleeton

This event was much better attended, as you might expect for a local singer-songwriter from the same parish as Jayne Trimble and the Wildflowers.

Brigid O’Neill writes her own songs – it’s dead easy: all you do is sit staring at a blank Word document on your laptop until drops of blood form on your forehead.

When I last caught up with O’Neill, in DAC three years ago, it was the Doris Day songbook that she was touring, and I understand she is still doing that.

At that time I described her music making as ‘understated and relaxed’ and today, having reinvented herself as a singer-song writer, I have no reason to change that assessment.

We were still skirting Mary Ryan’s blues territory, but O’Neill wandered much more widely, particularly into Bill Monroe Bluegrass country – where the acoustic strings reign supreme – and where Bill Johnson played effortless upright bass, while Jim Rainey mesmerised with his zither-style flatpicking guitar – and a droll humour, yet he still managed to mangle Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues beyond recognition.

I’m afraid it got worse: the gig was 20 minutes late starting, the interval lasted 30, not 20; there were 10 minutes of unannounced poetry from Maria McManus’ Cello Suites (underpinned by Arvo Pӓrt’s Spiegel im Spiegel) and, for reasons which escaped me on the night, Brigid O’Neill chose to close her show with Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots are made for Walkin’.

The next Arts column in Down News will cover a superb production of Benjamin Britten’s opera The Turn of the Screw, and Rebecca Vaughan’s brilliant  one-woman-show Female Gothic.

George Fleeton’s next production features local singer-songwriters The Wildflowers, and their Band:

Friday 15 March
St Patrick Centre
The Spirit of the Wildflowers –
New Irish Voices

* Emma Tokic
* Maria-Therese Brennan
* Shauneen Doran

Singer/songwriters + Band

£15 (inc. refreshments) / no concessions
Tickets: 028 4461 7184 (Mainstay DRP)
028 4461 9000 (St Patrick Centre)

All proceeds to Mainstay DRP

Part of the St. Patrick’s Festival 2013