The show was based on the story which runs through the excellent debut album Evening Train where one guy is down on his luck, playing cards and losing money while his brother and girlfriend begin to have feelings for each other. The story was well developed by Mick even though he started the show telling us that he’s not one for talking. I hadn’t quite got the full story from the album so it was good to hear the witty connections between each of the songs from Mick. Despite his initial assertion, Mick relaxed and gained more stage presence as the show progressed, at one point good-naturedly reprimanding one audience member who shouted something along the lines of “Go on the Blarney lad” with “You’re making a show of yourself”. What he lacked in quantity of talking on stage, he certainly made up for by the quality. In fact, he seemed to enjoy taking the mickey out of the others on stage a bit too much!
One of my favourite songs from the album, Take It On The Chin, was performed brilliantly on the night by Mick and the lads from the Lynch Mob and it was definitely the highlight for me. Donncha has a great picture of this song being performed at the Spiegeltent gig earlier this year.
Aaron Dillon and the guitarist from Mick’s band started the show with some great songs, slighlty more political than the main act but their guitar interplay was very effective and I must say that Aaron Dillon’s voice is excellent, very similar to Mick’s.
For a video of one of the Mick Flannery songs check out the Corkgigs.com blog.
Some more pictures from the gig:
Full set of photos on Flickr.