A relatively quiet gig-going month in May was interrupted by the ever-delightful Hiss Golden Messenger upstairs in Whelans. Confessing to being hugely jet-lagged, he never-the-less performed a belter of a set. Love this guy.
Upstairs in Whelans is one of my favourite venues – you get to see such diverse acts in such close quarters and this gig was no different. I had seen Hiss Golden Messenger when he supported Mike Chapman downstairs in the same venue the previous year. As a headline act in front of a rapt audience, he didn’t disappoint.
However the real treat was the support act – William Tyler. Softly spoken and unassuming, his amazing musicianship came as a bit of a surprise. I’ve seen few people live as talented as him and would jump at the chance to see him again.
Michael Chapman at Whelans
#10 Unfortunately the next gig proved to be my downfall – too many nights ignoring that I was actually sick meant that I had to do the unthinkable (well for me!). I left what was a really excellent gig early (very, very early). Michael Chapman and friends at Whelans was shaping up to be a beautiful, intimate, mellow gig but I just couldn’t do it and left about 15 minutes into Michael’s set. I hope at some point to get to see him again but, on that night, it just wasn’t to be helped.
Amanda Shires at Whelans
Hiss Golden Messenger at Whelans
*Originally posted on www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 02/08/12*