From Kildare to Kings Heath, Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford take centre stage at an intimate but sold out Hare & Hounds.
I'm not sure of the extensive list of things you can't buy for £7, but I'm overwhelmingly shocked with what you can. Seven British pounds was all it took to experience by far my best gigging experience to date. As a Hare and Hounds virgin, initiation took form in not one but two live performances, an abundance of flavoured vodka and an obligatory, Irish sing along post-gig.. A concoction I was only too happy to be a part of.
Catherine McGrath supported Picture This in the same way that the Hair of the dog supports my weekend drinking habits. At first I was unsure I would like it, by the second song I was a fan and when the end approached, I didn't want it to stop.
Prior to booking this gig, I was totally unaware of Catherine. When I realised she would be supporting the boys, I done my research and listened through a few of her songs on Spotify. Her voice and lyricism was undeniably the result of pure talent. With an uncanny likeness to Taylor Swift (pre-pop evolution) and a niche for turning personal experiences into music that a mass of both genders can appreciate, understand and relate to - It is absolutely impossible not to acknowledge her effortless abilities and raw talent.
My first impression of Catherine was one of an attractive, sophisticated yet modest woman, whom many including myself can relate to. The content of her material only furthers this ideology, frequently exploring topics within her music that are typical to the average twenty-something year old. Relationships, love and lust are at the forefront of her releases such as Just In Case, Cinderella and my personal favourite, Hell Would Have To Freeze Over.
Anyone unfortunate enough to have not heard her voice yet, worry not - You still have time to and LIVE. With many dates across the UK this July, why not treat yourself or a mate to a ticket and check out what all the fuss is about. Tickets and availability can be found HERE. Thank me later!
The Main Act : Picture This
As the lights hit they stage and the guys walked out, the crowd quickly changed from merry to manic. The anticipation for what we were about to experience skyrocketed and a room filled with people of all ages and backgrounds united in a playful uproar of utter excitement.
The moment was here and we were all a part of it.
Having first spotted Picture This and since following them on Facebook, I have been aware of every release and cover to date. But as every gig-goer knows, the difference between hearing someone online or through video and actually experiencing a performance are two very different things. I can't say I had any preconceptions or thoughts about the gig but I definitely left far happier than I ever thought possible.
As I mentioned earlier in this article, this has been by far my best experience watching live music, ever. Better than Ed Sheeran's sold out Croke park gig, better than every Wireless festival I have ever been to and yes, better than Miley Cyrus gyrating on a giant hot dog.. Shocking, I know.
Not only was the audience loving the experience, it was clear that the band were also. With frequent smirks as the audience sang back the lyrics you could tell that Ryan was very much in his element. As usual Jimmy killed it on drums, providing not only a beat but a beautiful backdrop for the raspy, soulful vocals of Hennessy. A duo that work as well together, as my good friends at Ben & Jerry. I mean peanut butter and cookie dough ice cream, who comes up with this delicious shit?
Answer - Geniuses.
I knew the gig was going well early on, as I actually didn't want to view it through my phone. You know when a gig is sort of shit and you resort to instagramming or snapchating it, so you don't have to use your limbs for actual activities like dancing? Nah.. Just me? Okaaay. Well this was definitely not the case last night. I think I took maybe six pictures and three videos, for the purpose of this blog post and to scrapbook it in for memories but the majority was spent singing along, dancing and anticipating the next song.
As well as treating us to all their current releases they also played a few naughty unreleased singles, which were amaaaaazing. They also announced that they'll be releasing a new album this Summer, so watch this space.
As Always, Thanks for reading