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Vicar Street @
- Dublin @
- Sun 3 Mar 2013 @
Favourite moment: BP Fallon leaving the stage! @
One person ruined this gig for me.
I'm afraid shortly after BP Fallon made his hideous presence known, the whole event took on a narcissistic tone that it could not shake off. I watched as 1 amateur act after another accompanied themselves on out of tune acoustic guitars to a standard that was no higher that 1st year University students entertaining their friends at the end of a drinking session. Sara Petite and the BV chicks were abominable and were no more there to salute a great Irish musician than the very overworked stage technicians. On an aside, the sound was generally very good considering the festival type turnarounds.
The Kevin Doherty Band were a shining example of excellence and Kevin himself was the first person after Ronan Collins, who did a masterful job of with continuity, to say something of some worth and in joined up words about Henry McCullough.
I will confess to leaving after Kevin played but the main reason was the nauseating inclusion of BP Fallon in the set. He should be re-named NPD Fallon. His narcissism knows no bounds as his talented band, bless them, manfully created very clever atmospheric conditions for a 1 dimensional trot through Fallon's idea of Fame. He really is one of the least talented people I have ever had the mis-pleasure of encountering. John Sheahan, of The Dubliners, was left to walk on stage by himself as BP in a state of self induced prayerful meditation owing to the seriousness with which he had opened his set, 'Fame', could not ever bring himself to use words as they were too small a gesture after his magnificence. I'm sure he thought that every member of the audience felt what he felt. Where I was people were laughing at him.
His story about visiting Henry was so contrived as to make me want to vomit. How many time has he visited him???? Just before the tribute gig? Yes!
All that so he can say in all honesty that he is a very good friend. This man lost touch with honest evaluations of himself many years ago and they are not likely to return.
I was glad to see a full house but wished that I had simply sent the money to Henry & Rosie in an envelope.
Henry is a phenomenal musician and a seminal guitarist but his life and work should be remembered by top quality entertainers worthy of his talent.
I am being very unfair to the rest of the performers by not giving credit where credit is due, Declan Synnott & Christie Moore were on top form but as I mentioned earlier, I could not bear the 'am. dram.' that came in between the good stuff and I left.
For the next one in Belfast I would implore the organisers to exercise some quality control and let those who genuinely know Henry and worked with him or have been influenced by him have more stage time and tell the others to stay at home.