Mark McGrogan Photography5VhrvRqOQj4Matt Andersen – The Grand Social Club – Dublin 19/05/2017 16 Matt Andersen rolled into Dublin for the opening night of his forthcoming European tour, a beautiful summers evening greeted him as a dedicated and faithful crowd gathered inside Dublin’s long established and historical music venue The Grand Social Club. Situated just yards from the famous Ha’penny bridge, The Grand Social Club could be mistaken for just another pub buried amongst the many littered along the river Liffey in Dublin. Tonight though it hosted one of Canada’s finest exports Matt Andersen, a resident of Perth-Andover off the East Coast. No doubt he was a long way from home but he was in a room full of friends on this fine evening. The Grand Social itself is a quirky venue, a Tardis of sorts inside as you weave your way through its narrow corridors until you grace The Loft, with its quaint décor and intimate setting on top of the building. Right then I knew we were in for something a little special, a solitary seat positioned front and centre of the small stage ahead. First up was Jesse John Heffernan, Jesse is an Irish soul singer whose unique and uncompromising sound is set to make its mark on the industry. Inspired by legends such as Sam Cooke, Van Morrison and Marvin Gaye I found his style to be whimsical, reminding me of this likes of Keziah Jones with a Jazz and Soulful influence deeply rooted in his sound. The crowd warmed to his charm, no stranger to the limelight Jesse has emerged from a richly talented family, his actor brother Aaron Heffernan from Love/Hate, Super Model cousin Thalia Heffernan, Presenter/Producer Father David Heffernan and Irelands first black Model Mother Tina Denis, Jesse will no doubt continue the success with his engaging and melodic style of music. By the time Matt took to the stage, the crowd greeted him warmly now encroaching towards the front. The night was kicked well and truly off with the up-tempo number ‘Gift Of Life’ a bluesy little ditty that got the crowd going hands down. Blistering solo’s and sublime vocals were the theme of the night as he delicately man handled the gathered mass through his repertoire of emotive and melodic anthems. Old and new favourites came thick and fast, ‘Quiet Company’ taken from his latest offering Honest Man, ‘Coal Mining Blues’ a stirring ballad of a broken man unrecognisable to himself in his own reflection, t silence filled in the room as Matt bellowed the lyrics with all eyes staring him down as the maestro conducted his orchestra of one. One of the highlights of the night was his cover of Curtis Mayfield’s ‘People Get Ready’ in which he got the crowd well and truly involved, the gents with a testosterone driven “Ohhhh Ahhhhh” and the ladies harmonising the delicate backing melody. The energy in the room was palpable as Matt roared the lyrics with pride as his adoring gathering gave their all with 100% Irish gusto. ‘Devil’s Bride’ kept the energy high and electric till the end, before Matt wrapped up proceedings with ‘My Old Friend The Blues’ leaving the Dublin crowd on their feet in rapturous applause as he left the stage. A remarkable intimate show by a truly remarkable musician. A stunning vocalist who simply has to be appreciated live. Matt continues his tour onto the UK in May and Europe in June. Matt Andersen – May 2017 UK Tour Book Tickets – www.mattandersen.ca/tour The Grand Social, Dublin Thursday 18 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2jmUV2r 35 Liffey Street Lower, North City, Dublin 1, Ireland www.thegrandsocial.ie Fochabers Public Institute, Fochabers Village, Scotland Friday 19 May 15 High St, Fochabers, Inverness, IV32 7EP Box Office – 01343 821 325 www.morayvillagehalls.org.uk/hallhire/fochabers.html The Tooth & Claw, Inverness Saturday 20 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2jmSEo1 Tel: 01463 243 000 50 Baron Taylor’s St, Inverness IV1 1QG https://toothandclawpractise.youcanbook.me/ Tunnels Aberdeen Sunday 21 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2jmSEo1 Box Office – 01224 641 122 Carnegies Brae, Aberdeen, AB10 1BF www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/partner-venues/the-tunnels The Mash House, Edinburgh Monday 22 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2kaWba1 Venue Tel – 0131 220 2514 37 Guthrie Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JG http://themashhouse.co.uk/ Night & Day Cafe, Manchester Wednesday 24 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2kaCWQZ Venue Tel – 0161 236 1822 26 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JN www.nightnday.org The Borderline, London Thursday 25 May Tickets – http://bit.ly/2kaCWQZ Venue Box Office – 0203 871 7777 Orange Yard, Off Manette Street London, W1D 4JB http://theborderlinelondon.com/ You can purchase Matt’s latest release Honest Man here – http://www.stubbyfingers.ca Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 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