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2008-12-16 Dublin NCH, IRL

written by Rianne

 
Well, I have just returned from the concert at the NCH, and just wanted to give you a little review before going to bed. As you know, this Christmas tour is a joint tour with Dervish, and let me tell you: the combination works out great! :) The concert really was great fun, although (obviously) completely different from anything we have seen before.

Let's start with the set list:

Intro by Colm (part of "Remember Me")
Spanish Lady
The Town I Loved So Well
Four
Strong Winds
Gaudete
The Holy City
The Mad Lady and Me (with Dervish)
- 3 songs by Dervish -
An Cailin Rua (with Dervish)
Santa Lucia (with Dervish)
Hard Times (with Dervish)
INTERVAL
Christmas Selection (When A Child Is Born/In The Bleak
Midwinter/Little Drummer Boy/Hark! The Herald Angels Sing)
Shenandoah
The Pilgrim: Chapter 33
Remember Me
Eileen a Rún (with Cathy from Dervish)
- 2 songs by Dervish -
Finnegan's Wake
Caledonia
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Time To Say Goodbye (with Dervish)
ENCORES:
Nessun Dorma
Christmas medley (Ding Dong Merrily On High/Adeste Fideles/Sing Choirs of Angels)

I think there was another song in the first Christmas medley, but I'm not sure. I'll pay better attention to that tomorrow in Cork! ;) Daryl played the guitar during "Four Strong Winds", "Hard Times", "The Pilgrim: Chapter 33" and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere". According to Matthew, "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" was written by "That great Irish American writer Bob Dylan"..... ;) In the first half, the batteries in Matthew's microphone ran out, and he had to run off stage (during "Gaudete"....) to exchange it for another one. When it turned out that the 2nd microphone didn't work either, he took one of the microphones that was already on stage (and
was not cordless) and remarked that all the microphones (as in James' and Daryl's) would probably run out as well... (for the record: they didn't).

After the break, the guys came on stage wearing new jackets, which were black on the outside and looked very smart. After the first Christmas medley, they each showed off the lining of the jackets, which was bright yellow (Matthew), bright green (Daryl) and dark pink (James). Like I said, the CT/Dervish combo works out VERY well, and both parties agreed that they would have to do this again real soon. One of the highlights of my evening was the a cappella "Eileen A Rún", which is a very gentle, sweet song. It was (obviously) in Gaelic, so I didn't understand a word of it, but the melody is lovely. Other highlights for me were "The Holy City" (I LOVE that song).

Finally, I can't finish this review without mentioning that I got to share this concert with my favourite "concert companion" again. Having Lord Harding for company makes going to a concert at least twice as much fun - for many reasons! :) I'm sure he will have a lot to add to my review.