Live Review: December Sounds: David Keenan / Malojian / Seamus Fogarty / Elise – St. Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny

The third night of December sounds in St Canice’s Cathedral, presented by Rollercoaster Records (Kilkenny’s primary record shop and meeting place for Kilkenny’s music heads), was in aid of both Amber Women’s Refuge & The O’ Neill Centre.

The line was initially announced as Elise/Lemon Cello/Malojian/Seamus Fogarty & special guest , the news of which wasn’t released till close to the show date. Luckily it was the enigmatic David Keenan although unfortunately on the night news filtered through that Lemon Cello couldn’t make it.

First up was local girl Elise who, after her first song, played her latest single Ragdoll and then straight into a previous single. if you like your Indie/ Dark Folk check out her Spotify here –

After Elise came London-based Irish singer-songwriter Seamus Fogarty, who usually is not only a good listen but also a good laugh between songs as well. Due to the time constraints on each act to finish on time as time was limited due to the new covid restrictions this was sadly missing tonight, but didn’t detract from an enjoyable set of songs.

 Next up it was then the turn of Northern Irish singer-songwriter Stevie Scullion AKA Malojian who played a mix of his own originals and Neil Young covers citing that he had in the past been asked to come to Kilkenny and play a concert of Young covers which never came to pass. He punctuated the songs with some chat, although he mentions that he usually would talk for 25 minutes during his set but tonight couldn’t as again due to the time restrictions the acts only had the 25 minute sets. 

And so we came to the final act of the night the one and only David Keenan playing solo tonight and playing tracks from his this years album What Then.

 All in all it was a great night of music, it did feel a little rushed but what can be done in these days we are living through and to get 2 hours of music from 4 acts under the present restrictions is nothing to be snuffed at “

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