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2008-07-19 Munich

reviewed by Rianne

It is now very late at night, but since I can't sleep anyway, I might as well send you a little review of the Munich concert! My trip to Munich started with a delayed flight (ugh...) but I finally arrived at my hotel around 3.15 in the afternoon, and almost immediately had to get changed to meet a few wonderful people After dinner, we all made our way to the Brunnenhof. The weather was
glorious at this point, which we all hoped would last all night....

And then, the concert started. Song list:
- I'll Tell Me Ma
- Song For Ireland
- Finnegan's Wake
- An Poc Ar Buile
- The Holy City
- Nella Fantasia
- O Mio Babbino Caro
- Libiamo
! - Four Strong Winds
! - Lay Down, Sally
! - Hard Times
Remember Me
- Bring Him Home
A Love So Beautiful
! - You Ain't Going Nowhere
! - Marie
- Ten Thousand Tears
- Summertime
- The Mad Lady and Me
- Danny Boy
- Whisky In The Jar
- Caledonia
- All Out Of Love
Time To Say Goodbye
- Nessun Dorma
- The Irish Rover

Now you might have noticed that there are five songs on this list with a ! before them, some of which I know the tenors have sung live before.

These are...(drum roll, please)...songs from the new album!!
"Four Strong Winds"  written by Ian Tyson.
"Lay Down, Sally"  written by Eric Clapton
"Hard Times"  written by Stephen Foster
"You Ain't Going Nowhere"  written by Bob Dylan
"Marie"  written by Randy Newman

My favourite so far is "Marie", with "Four Strong Winds" and "Hard Times" sharing a close second. :) I was rather surprised to hear that "Marie" was the Randy Newman song the guys had chosen to sing. When I heard that they were going to do one of his songs, "Marie" was actually the first song I thought of, because it's one of the few Randy Newman songs I know!:) It's a lovely song and the guys do a fantastic rendition of it, so as far as I'm concerned, it's a keeper! I was also delighted to hear some of my older favourites, like "The Holy City", "Finnegan's Wake", "The Irish Rover" and "Bring Him Home" again.

Some anecdotes and news:

- During the introductions, Daryl pointed out that the guys hoped that it would stay dry this evening, and mentioned the disastrous weather of the last concert. Well...the good weather unfortunately didn't last tonight either. During "The Mad Lady and Me" it started raining, and while many people in the audience had brought umbrella's, some of us had to move to the wall of the Brunnenhof building to get out of the rain. Luckily, the rain didn't last, and by the time the guys had
finished "Danny Boy" (the second half of which they sang in German) it was dry again. Unfortunately, it started raining again by the end of the concert, and it didn't really stop until after the concert and the M&G were over.

- Daryl tried to explain the story of the mad goat that goes with "An Poc Ar Buile", but couldn't come up with the German term for "mad goat", so he mentioned the Dutch one instead!

- Donna has taken another year out of school to tour with the guys! She initially intended to go back to school this coming school year, but we get to keep her for another year!:)

- Robbie Overson, the guitarist who played with the guys during the Dutch tour, was there as well. It was wonderful seeing him and hearing him play again. And yes, he did do his "jazz hands" during the haaaaaaaaaaaa in thehaaaaaaaaaaaa-le-loooo of "An Poc Ar Buile". :)

I probably forgot a few things, but I'm sure the other people who were there can fill in the blanks.

All in all (and forgetting about the rain), it was a wonderful show, and well worth the trip for me  and the cherry on the cake was getting to see a few friends again whom I hadn't seen in a while, and getting to meet others for the first time.