Vicar Street (capacity 750) is Dublin’s best live music club. In October 2001 Paul took the venue over for twenty three nights to re-visit his entire career to date. It was a bold and inspired move and a great success. Over the course of the month more than 16,000 people saw the shows.
As well as a chance to re-visit past material Paul availed of the opportunity to invite many of the artists he has worked or written with over the last thirty years to come and play. Among them were Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Curtis Stigers, Maura O’Connell, Mary Black, Ronan Keating, Brian Kennedy, Gavin Friday, Eleanor McEvoy, Tim O’Brien, Arty McGlynn, the Hothouse Flowers and many more.
Among the highlights of the month were the six nights with the Liberty Belles (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Noel Hill) when Paul went back to his traditional Irish music period to recreate a concert he had done with the same line up in 1978. (The recording of this 1978 concert has just been released on cd called ‘The Missing Liberty Tapes’ and, together with all Paul’s catalogue, is available via mail order on this site.
Below follows the diary of the month with a selection of photographs from the shows.
|M 1||Paul and his Band, Opening night with Curtis Stigers|
|T 2||Paul and his Band|
|W 3||Paul and his Band with Sinead O’Connor|
|Th 4||No gig|
|F 5||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles’ (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Noel Hill)|
|S 6||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles‘|
|Su 7||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles’|
|M 8||No gig|
|T 9||Paul and his band with Maura O’Connell, Tim O’Brien and Arty McGlynn.|
|W 10||Paul and his band with Máire Ní Bhraonáin, Mary Black and Maura O‘Connell|
|Th 11||No gig|
|F 12||Paul and his Band with Eleanor McEvoy|
|S 13||Paul and his Band with Paul Cleary|
|Su 14||Paul and his Band with the Hothouse Flowers and Sharon Shannon|
|M 15||No Gig|
|T 16||Paul Acoustic with Richie Buckley , Annie Whitehead, Shea Fitzgerald and Linley Hamilton|
|W 17||Paul, acoustic plus guests Ciaran Tourish, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dermot Byrne from Altán|
|Th 18||No gig|
|F 19||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles’ (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Noel Hill)|
|S 20||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles’|
|Su 21||Paul with ‘The Liberty Belles’|
|M 22||No gig|
|T 23||Paul acoustic with Van Morrison Brendan Bowyerand Arty McGlynn|
|W 24||Paul Acoustic unplugged with band plus Gavin Fridayand Maurice Seezer|
|Th 25||No Gig|
|F 26||Paul and his Band with Mark Knopfler, Bonnie Raitt, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny and Ciaran Tourish|
|S 27||Paul and his Band with Bonnie Raitt|
|Su 28||Paul and his Band plus Brian Kennedy and Bonnie Raitt|
|M 29||No gig|
|T 30||Paul and his Band plus Ronan Keating|
|W 31||Grand Finale!! Paul and his Band with Guests|
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|Tue Oct 1st|
|Well we’re up and running! Full houses on Monday and Tuesday and a great buzz around town.Monday night we were joined by Curtis Stigers who sang his songs Don’t Go Far and I Wonder Why and a song he wrote with Paul called Well Worn Love from his album Brighter Days. Curtis also played sax with the band for half the set and the sparks were flying. Highlight of the evening had to be a Paul Brady/ Curtis Stigers duet on Arthur Mc Bride!! ‘A life-long ambition to sing this with Paul’, said Curtis who acted the role of the sergeant in the song. A great start to the month! Set list below
|Tue Oct 2nd|
|Only night of the month without a visiting guest this gave us as a band a great chance to settle in. Tried out old faves from the Primitive dance Album to a wonderfully responsive crowd.
|What a night! We re-introduced ‘I Want You To Want Me’ after a break of six years as the opening track in the set and from then on it went up. Another full house saw Sinéad O’Connor join Paul singing ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’, Sinéad’s song ‘ In My Heart’ from her ‘Universal Mother’ album and Paul’s song ‘Dreams Will Come’ from the ‘Trick Or Treat’ album. A magical pairing.
|Oct 5th 6th and 7th|
|Paul and The Liberty BellesThis was quite an emotional weekend bringing together all these musicians for the first time since July 21st 1978. The audience was equally aware of the significance of the event and the atmosphere and reaction was amazing. This was not just a trip down memory lane, however, but three really tight exciting gigs where the musical quotient was very high. The opening set featured Liam, Donal, Paddy and Noel playing selections of tunes together. Then the second half featured a repeat of the 1978 gig even down to the running order which was the same. Two brilliant addition to the set were songs from Andy Irvine, ‘Martinmas Time’ from the 1976 ‘Andy Irvine and Paul Brady’ album and ‘The West Coast Of Clare from Andy’s Planxty repertoire. An inspiring weekend with three full houses.
|Tue 9th October|
|This was kind of Nashville night featuring both Maura O’Connell who now lives there and Tim O’Brien. Arty McGlynn , from Omagh in Tyrone was in top form too in a rendition with Paul of ‘Frankie and Albert’ a song they first did together back in the mid seventies. This was undoubtedly the most raucous of the gigs so far with Paul trying out songs like Busted Loose, from the album ‘Hard Station’ (Arty played on the original recording) and ‘Duncan and Brady’ the old Leadbelly song. Duets with Tim of the Dylan song ‘Farewell Angelina’ and the murder ballad ‘Down by The Willow Garden’ from Tim’s album ‘The Crossing’ were highlights. Stunning was Maura O’Connell’s Teddy O’Neill with just her on vocal and Paul on piano. Maura also sang Paul’s song ‘Stories’ from her album of the same name and a duet with Paul on ‘Follow On’ which she recorded with Gerry Douglas. A brilliant evening! Probably not the tightest night musically but certainly the most fun!
|Wednesday October 10th|
|This was definitely the ‘girl’s night’. What a thrill to be onstage together with three of the greatest female singers of the present day. Mary Black, Máire Nî Bhraonáin and Maura O’Connell. Paul starts off as usual with just himself and the band for about half an hour when he’s joined by Mary Black with Bill Shanley on guitar for a duet of firstly, a song from her new Best of called ‘If I Gave My Heart To You’ followed by ‘I Will Be There’ the Brady/ John O’Kane composition first recorded by Paul on Spirits Colliding and later covered by Mary on her album ‘Smile’.A rare performance of ‘Steal Your Heart Away’ (Primitive Dance) from Paul and the band comes next after which he’s joined by Máire Ní Bhraonáin of Clannad for ‘The Awakening’ also from the Primitive Dance album. Máire sang on the album version in 1987 and this was the first time the song was performed since! The audience loved this.After ‘The Island’ Maura O’Connell, still in Dublin from the night before, comes on to sing once more ‘Follow On’ and then join the backing vocals on ‘Oh What a World’.
Altan fiddler supreme, Ciaran Tourish, comes on with fellow Donegalette Máire to finish the night with The Homes of Donegal.
Highlight of the encores was Bob Dylan‘s ’Forever Young‘ featuring all the girls together again. Stunning!
|Thursday October 12th|
|Eleanor McEvoy, composer of one of the most popular Irish songs ever, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ was the special guest tonight. Looking splendidly pregnant and singing and playing guitar, hers was one of the most perfectly judged performances of the month. Singing firstly a duet with Paul on Paul’s anti-racism song ‘You and I’ from the ‘Trick or Treat’ album, Eleanor brought a quiet intensity to the song. The highlight of the evening and many say one of the month’s really special moments was Eleanor’s and Paul’s rendition of ‘October 9th’ from Eleanor’s current record ‘Yola’. Paul played piano and sang harmony. A beautiful song from a great artist. Leslie Dowdall, who has played often with Paul, guested on Trick Or treat and sang backing vocals for the rest of the evening.
|Friday October 13th|
|In the beginning of the 80’s when Paul was starting out on his new musical direction, another band ‘The Blades’ were very popular in Ireland. Paul Cleary was their lead singer and the two Pauls did a few performances together at that time including one where they did a duet of PB’s ‘Hard Station’. PB has always admired PC’s songwriting and since Paul Cleary just now has a new record out, Vicar St seemed to be an ideal opportunity to sing together again. ‘Hard Station’ got another airing as did the title track of PC’s new record ‘Crooked Town’ a not dissimilar song about the tough life certain sections particularly immigrants have in Dublin City. Dublin audiences have always loved Paul Cleary and tonight was no exception. Leslie Dowdall sang ‘The Awakening’ with Paul, only the second time that song was performed since the late 80’s. Leslie has been a great addition as a regular special guest, bringing a great energy, sense of style and musical sensitivity to the shows.
|Friday October 14th|
|In the summer of 2000, Paul did a series of gigs in UK, in Glastonbury, Liverpool, Manchester and at the Albert Hall in London. Also on those bills among others were The Hothouse Flowers and Sharon Shannon and at the end of each evening all would get together and sing the last few songs. Paul always has enjoyed both these artists’ music and Vicar Street was an ideal place to re-create some of that magic. Starting off with his band and Leslie Dowdall again, Paul sang two or three he hadn’t done in a while including Busted Loose, Believe In Me and Just In Time. Next on were the Flowers with a new song of theirs from an upcoming record ‘Magic Bracelets’. One of the Flowers’ main strengths is the power of their voices and tonight they were in top form. Paul’s ‘The Soul Commotion’ was next with Liam O’Maonlaí taking a verse or two. Great! Sharon joined us all and we tore into a couple of her tunes, Paul Playing mandolin and Liam on piano, with Fiachna on guitar and Peter on bouzouki. It was great to hear the band, Liam Genockey, Ian Maidman and Steve Fletcher do their thing on Irish tunes. At the end there was a reprise on the Homes of Donegal with Liam O’Maonlaí again taking a verse and Sharon playing the instrumental. A powerful and soulful night!
|Tuesday October 16th|
|This was the first of several nights featuring the brass section. Tonight the guests were Annie Whitehead (trombone), Richie Buckley (tenor sax) and Linley Hamilton (trumpet)and of course Leslie Dowdall again. Paul finally had a chance after all those years to perform several songs like he first envisaged and recorded them and several others that had never had this instrumentation before. And what a brilliant night! As usual Paul and the band started off but soon we were into brass land on ‘Don’t Start Knocking’, ‘Dancer in the Fire’, ‘Love Hurts’ and ‘Oh What A World’. Second half of the set was devoted to some audience faves like ‘the Island’, ‘Crazy Dreams’ and ‘The Long Goodbye’ when the section returned to finish with a rip roaring Soul Commotion and The World Is What You make it, returning for encores with Love Goes On…..again a first in many years for Paul to sing and never before with this beautifully muted brass arrangement.
Night ended with Steel Claw and Helpless heart. This was one of the best nights so far. Paul definitely did not want to go home!
|Wednesday October 17th|
|Donegal band Altán have long been a favourite of Paul’s. He has guested with them as a band and as individual musicians many times in the past decade not least most recently in the Hollywood Bowl in LA last summer. Paul and Ciaran have done several gigs together as a duo around Ireland as well and most recently Paul sang on a couple of tracks on the soon to be released new Altan record. So it was an honour to have Ciaran on fiddle, singer and fiddle player Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and on accordion, Dermot Byrne as special guests tonight.Their first song was Gleanntain Ghlas Ghaoth Dobhair written by Mairéad‘s father Prionnsias ÓMaonaigh. Paul recorded this back in the 60‘s with his then group The Johnstons when Mairéad was just a schoolgirl! So it was nice to get to sing it again in this context. Paul‘s song ‘You’re The One’ was next up with the fiddles and accordian belting out a great rhythmic riff all the way through.’Daily Growing’ is the song Paul sang with Mairéad on the upcoming Altan cd and their spot finished with a few Donegal reels. Another thing nice about this night was how well Paul‘s band meshed in with the traditional music. They really are incredibly versatile.
|Fri, Sat & Sun, October 19th, 20th and 21st
Paul Brady and The Liberty Belles (see 5th, 6th & 7th)
|Tuesday October 23rd|
|Twas was a truly memorable night. An incredible musical extravaganza! Guesting were Van Morrison and Brendan Bowyer, Arty McGlynn, and the brass section this time with Annie Whitehead, Linley Hamilton and Derek O’Connor. Brendan Bowyer is one of Ireland’s best known and loved singers with a career stretching back to the sixties when as lead singer with the Royal Showband he was the biggest star in the land. When Van was starting out with the Monarchs Showband in Belfast way before he formed Them, Brendan was already a huge star both North and South. When Van heard Brendan was set to sing he was genuinely delighted and the two shared many stories before the night was out. Brendan has just recorded a new album featuring among others, ‘Follow On’ written by Paul and ‘The Bright Side of the Road’, Van’s song from his album ‘Into the Music’. So the plan was for Brendan to sing ‘Follow On’ and then to duet with Van on ‘Bright Side’. Paul started off with just a couple with the band and then on came the brass section for ‘Don’t Start Knocking’.’Love Hurts’ and with Paul on piano ‘Dancer in the Fire’ from the ‘Hard Station’ album. Next on was Brendan. The audience loved him, such is his unique combination of shyness with charisma. Paul and the band just played while Brendan sang lead. Then it’s Van and straight away everything moves up a couple of gears. The man’s energy is amazing. Paul moved to piano and counted in ‘The Bright Side of The Road’. Arty McGlynn joins on guitar. Van and Brendan traded lines and verses and had a real go at each other vocally which brought smiles to both their faces and roars of approval from the audience! Brendan left to huge cheers and then Paul and Van took up with ‘Irish Heartbeat’ and Van’s ‘I Will Be There’. Derek O’Connor left down his tenor to take over the piano for this song. What a talent he is. Van seemed to enjoy himself more and more and by the time he went off the place was going nuts. What to do next? Bring it right down to a whole other thing with ‘Love Goes On’ again with the beautifully understated brass. It was the perfect thing to follow and gradually the set took off again with especially ‘The Soul Commotion’ and Brendan back again for ‘The World Is What You Make it’. Van came back at the end to join Paul on the Ray Charles classic, ‘You Don’t Know Me’ which again was a beautiful thing. ‘Steel Claw’ with the brass was the perfect end to a night in a million.
|Wednesday October 24th|
|It’s up the hill again! For the first time in the month Paul starts to feel the pace a little! A slight chest bug that’s flying round Vicar St attaches itself and though miraculously it doesn’t affect his voice, which seems to get stronger each night, it makes the going, especially rehearsals where there’s no adrenaline, a bit tougher. Everyone in the crew and production is slightly suffering from the same bug but the mood is so up after the last night that we plough on regardless. Tonight’s guests, Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer, have been a team for some time now and were fresh from a run in the Tivoli Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. Gavin, who started out in the late seventies with the Virgin Prunes, probably Ireland’s most outrageous art-rock band of the period (and since!) has always impressed Paul with the breadth of his musical interests and his dramatic performances. Maurice has provided the musical muscle to their unique pairing. A few surprises were in store for all tonight. The first was Gavin’s rendition of Paul’s ‘Nobody Knows’. Much slower and theatrical than the original, it showed a whole other side to the song and the audience was genuinely blown away. A tour-de-force performance, with Paul singing harmony in the choruses. Also a major tribute to Paul’s band Ian Maidman, Liam Genockey and Steve Fletcher for their continuing ability to play almost every kind of music under the sun. Next was ‘Got What It Takes’ one of Gavin’s songs from his album ‘Each Man Kills The Thing he Loves’. Equally fine. The set climbs again to the heights and the finale sets Vicar St alight. Joining Gavin and Maurice who return for the encore is broadcaster, novelist and journalist supreme, John Kelly on blues harmonica for the David Bowie classic, ‘Jean Genie’. What a blast! One of the most unusual and enjoyable nights of the run. Bug! What bug?
|Friday October 26th|
|Tonight’s guest Mark Knopfler arrived in the early afternoon from London and immediately got into the Vicar St spirit. Gracious and accommodating, he slotted into the proceedings seamlessly. Paul’s and Mark’s long association together (since 1981) meant that Mark was familiar with a lot of Paul’s songs and his request that he ‘play on as many as possible’ promised a special evening. Joining the band on ‘Same Old Story’ his guitar immediately lent a warmth and poignant edge to one of Paul’s best loved songs. ‘Baloney Again’, the beautifully poised musical short story of the plight of black people in segregated USA, from Mark’s new record ‘ Sailing To Philadelphia’ came next and the trademark Knopfler vocal and guitar sound filled Vicar St with joy. Now things were set to go up a gear as the stage began to fill for ‘Done With Bonaparte’, from Mark’s ‘Golden Heart’ album. Donal Lunny on bouzouki, Liam O’Flynn on uileann pipes and whistle and Ciaran Tourish on fiddle slotted in and the scene changed to the Russian front during the Napoleonic era with a spirited rendition of another great song. Things turned around yet again with Paul taking over the piano to sing ‘The Game of Love’, which Mark had played on when it was originally recorded in 1986 for Paul’s album ‘Primitive Dance’. This was the first time Paul had sung this in years and the first time ever Mark had played it live. The inevitable tension in such a pairing made for a magic performance. On to ‘You’re the One’ which saw Mark settling into his requested role as groove master for the rest of the evening down in the band’s engine room, and Donal and Ciaran driving things along on the bridge. Things now took another turn with the appearance of Bonnie Raitt. Bonnie flew in from LA the previous day and was set to play the following night. But Mark, hearing she was in town wanted to hear her sing as he was going to miss her spot. By now the audience was going bananas and as Bonnie and Paul started into ‘Trick or Treat’ the roof looked set to come off. ‘The Dimming of the Day’, the Richard Thompson song that Bonnie recorded on ‘Luck of the Draw’ was next with Paul playing mandolin, Mark on acoustic and Bonnie and Paul singing. In the confusion Paul forgot to ask his friend Shea Fitzgerald on to play mandolin as Bonnie stayed on for ‘Oh What A World’ and ‘The World is What You Make it’! The night ended with a magical rendition of The Homes Of Donegal with everyone joining in now including Shea Fitzgerald (amongst other things co-producer of Paul’s ‘Spirits Colliding’ record) on mandolin and Bonnie on piano.’Helpless Heart’, solo on piano from Paul brought proceedings to a perfect end.
|Saturday October 27th|
|Starting out with Paul and the band for the first five songs as usual, Bonnie Raitt is Paul’s star guest tonight. Friends and collaborators for over a decade now, Paul and Bonnie have worked together on many occasions from singing on each others’ albums to writing together to playing on each others’ shows both live and on television. Bonnie flew in from San Fransisco earlier in the week and this was her third night at Vicar Street, having been in the audience on Wed for the show that featured Gavin Friday, then on stage with Mark Knopfler last night. Her first number was Paul’s song ‘Not the Only One’ which was a hit for her In USA from her Grammy winning album ‘Luck Of The Draw’ (also Paul’s composition). Next a second airing of Richard Thompson’s ‘Dimming of the Day’ followed by ‘Thing Called Love’ from ‘Nick of Time’, also a Grammy winner. Finally ‘Trick or Treat’ which she sang with Paul on his 1991 Album of the same name. Bonnie is a consummate performer and a wonderful singer and guitar player. A legend in her own land, it’s rare enough to see her this side of the ocean and the audience rose to the occasion giving her a great reception. Returning for Oh What A World with Shea Fitzgerald on mandolin and then ‘The World Is What You Make it’ with Shea and Ciaran Tourish on fiddle. A long time admirer of Paul’s traditional singing and of the song ‘I am a Youth that’s Inclined to Ramble’ in particular, Paul and Bonnie sang a betimes sensitive, betimes hilarious version of that song. Again the audience were over the moon. Back on piano for the Homes of Donegal, Bonnie bowed out… a great favourite of the crowd leaving Paul to sing his ‘Helpless Heart’ solo at the piano. What an amazing talent she is! Paul was so pleased she made the long trip. All the band and crew loved her.
|Sunday October 28th|
|Home strait and the show keeps getting better and better. Tonight promises to be special with quite a few different songs in the set like ‘Deep In Your Heart’, Can’t Stop Wanting You’ and ‘Sea of Love’. Leslie Dowdall is back again and in great form. Also the main guest tonight is Belfast’s Brian Kennedy, with a new album out including a song he wrote with Paul called ‘Call me Old Fashioned’ and a hugely successful tour of Ireland just finished. And for good measure, Bonnie Raitt who’s still in town comes back for more! Bonnie comes on first with ‘Thing Called Love’ and ‘Dimming of the Day’ then to be joined by Brian. A three-way ‘Not The Only One’ follows with Brian, Bonnie and Paul sharing the lead vocal. Great! Bonnie steps off for a while to let Paul and Brian sing their own song, a first performance of ‘Call Me Old Fashioned’. Nice groove and the band is loving it. Brian then sings one of the highlights from his new record….a song called Christopher St, written in NYC during his time there on Broadway as the male lead singer in Riverdance. On it goes with a stunning version of ‘The Island’, dedicated by Paul to his mum and dad, Sean and Mollie who are in the audience. Then it’s Bonnie back on again playing slide guitar on ‘Oh What A World’ with Shea Fitzgerald on mandolin and later Ciaran Tourish back again for ‘The World is What You Make it’. Brian re-appears to sing a wonderful duet with Paul on ‘The Lakes of Pontchartrain’ then it’s every one on again for Donegal. Final songs are ‘Can’t Stop Wanting You’ with Bonnie on slide again and a parting solo shot from Paul with ‘Arthur McBride’. One of the really special nights.
|Tuesday October 30th|
|Second last night! Strange mixtures of sadness yet relief that it all went so well and that the gargantuan effort is almost over! Still a big night to come as tonight’s guest is Ronan Keating, one of Ireland’s most famous sons. Ronan, formerly of the hugely successful band Boyzone is now a successful solo artist. Paul and he co-wrote Paul’s hit ‘The Long Goodbye’ from the ‘Oh What A World’ album. They have sung it together previously on BBC television and a couple of times in Belfast’s Odyssey during Ronan’s summer 2001 tour of Ireland. So it was great to have him at Vicar Street. Always a fan of Paul’s music Ronan asked to sing Paul’s ‘Nobody Knows’ which was brilliantly received by a well animated audience. Leslie Dowdall again joined Paul’s band for ‘Sea of Love’ and ‘Trick or Treat’. ‘I Believe In Magic’ got its first airing since Paul’s last Irish gig in June in Killarney and it was really enjoyable to play it again. The set cooked on until at the end Ronan re-appeared to do a duet with Paul on the Tracy Chapman song which was a big hit for Boyzone, ‘Baby Can I Hold You Tonight’. Tracy has always been one of Paul’s favourite songwriters. The Lakes was very special tonight. 22 down, one to go!!
|Wednesday October 31st|
|Last night!! A huge party planned for after the show and loads of guests turning up to send us off! Starting unusually with ‘Nobody Knows’ then it’s Leslie Dowdall on first for ‘Trick or Treat’ and a spirited ‘I Believe in Magic’. Then it’s Annie Whitehead (trombone), Richie Buckley and Derek O’Connor ( tenor saxes) and Linley Hamilton (trumpet) for a final performance of ‘Don’t Start Knocking’, ‘Love Hurts’ and ‘Dancer In The Fire’. Later it’s Ciaran Tourish ( fiddle) and Noel Hill ( concertina) on The Lakes and then we’re joined by Sharon Shannon, who came up from Galway for the show and Donal Lunny on ‘You’re the One’. The band is playing it’s heart out tonight. Ian, Steve and Liam have made this a wonderful month. No better musicians and none more fun to be with. The brass section re-appears with Shea Fitzgerald on mandolin and Anto Drennan, guitarist supreme, who played in Paul’s band in the early nineties for ‘Oh What A World’ and a stomping ‘Soul Commotion’. Anto has just returned from playing with the Corrs on their world tour. It’s always a blast to hear him play! The set and the month ends with ‘Steel Claw’ and ‘Arthur McBride’. There follows the mother of all parties. Around midnight a session starts in the bar next door with Sharon, Donal, Sharon’s sister, Paul and Linley. The back drop is a huge video screen showing footage of the past month’s gigs. Tour sweatshirts are passed around. Paul finally leaves for home at 5.30 in the morning! A fitting end to an amazing month!
|Paul would like to thank his band, crew, production staff and the Vicar Street crew for their invaluable support over the month.Band
Finally, special thanks to Paul Charles at Asgard without whom Vicar Street would not have happened.
Thanks also to David Ingham at Lowden Guitars and John Ferrante at D’Addarrio strings.