Julie Feeney at GB Shaw Theatre, Carlow

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We went to Carlow’s new GB Shaw Theatre last Friday night to see the incomparably wonderful Julie Feeney. Her new album Clocks has just gone to no. 1 in the Irish Indie Albums Charts (or no. 7 in the Album Charts, nestling between Rod Stewart and Taylor Swift). Julie is coming to the end of a ten date tour of Ireland whereby she collaborates with a local choir in each of the towns she plays. Leo’s College Choir, under choir master Ian Curran, had that privilege in Carlow. Ian, a native of Newbawn in Co Wexford, is a former member, along with Julie herself, of the group Anúna. I can’t say that Anúna were ever very much on my register but what I can say is that Ian managed to wring a beautiful harmonious magic from these young ladies. They opened the show, from the rear of the theatre, with a gorgeous take on Impossibly Beautiful before joining Feeney and accompanists on stage. The next couple of hours flew by as our host took us on a fantastic journey to other-worldly places. In the process she proved that not only is she a master musician but a story-teller, a poet and a sorceress. I certainly walked out into the cold night air feeling bewitched, bothered (in a good way) and bewildered!

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