night in Armagh last night. The Marketplace Theatre
is a lovely venue, only holds about 350 people. No bar
inside theatre, so no drink, so no comings and goings
during the show. Brian had everyone's undivided attention
from the moment he stepped on stage. The front two rows
aren't the best for seeing the stage...bit of a 'crick
in the neck' situation, so they were mostly empty. We
were seated on one of the side galleries (seats 2 and
3, so the view of the stage, and Brian, was wonderful.
Totally uninterrupted and very close. There was a lady
on her own in seat 1, and when we got talking before
Brian came on, she told me she was 91 and was at the
concert on her own.!! Brian's oldest fan, I wonder??.
So hello to Ellen, very nice to talk with you.
sporting the beard (James too), blue jeans, white shirt
and 'that' black jacket. Brian and James treated us
to a more melancholic set than usual, but no complaints
from me, including 'Better Man', 'Raglan Road', 'The
Island' (beautiful), 'Silver Hearts', 'First Time Ever
I Saw Your Face', 'Margaret Barry', 'Carrickfergus'.
Also 'Destination' and 'Go With My Heart' from 'Homebird',
'Crazy Love'-'Have I Told You Lately', 'Captured'-'Marble
Halls', 'Message In The Box', amongst others, and encored
of course with 'You Raise Me Up'.
love Brian singing 'Marble Halls' and would love hearing
the whole song. He commented that the 'choir' was sounding
very good, if a bit shy!! Bit of a problem with tuning
during the show, but the 'ever-ready' Fred came to the
rescue with a spare battery for some bit of gear. Lovely
backing vocals from James. Brian explained that he grew
the beard when he was filming in Norway for a show to
be aired during January, in an attempt to keep warm!!
Another theory, he said, is that it's in honour of George
Best (or Ronnie Drew, if he lets it grow a bit longer)...!
to Brian after the show, and remarking on the more melancholic
set, he said that he hadn't been feeling well all day
with a tummy bug, but being the true professional, one
would never have guessed from his performance that he
was anything other than 100% fit. Not having heard Brian
live for some months, I'm always again surprised at
how mesmerising his voice is...now of course I can't
wait for the next experience. Castleblaney on the 30th
Dec. I hope. A very-soon-to-be-repeated experience.