Thursday’s show at the Amsterdam was a dramatic change of pace for me. The concerts I usually go to are hard rocking and have lots of action on stage. 2 things you definitely don’t associate with Irish singer Dermot Kennedy. This was the 23 year old’s second US tour bringing him to new cities and bigger venues.
The first performer of the evening was Brooklyn based singer Janelle Kroll. A fairly simple stage setup – just her and a drummer – brought the focus directly on her. Her long bright red gloves added to the drama of her voice. Her sound mixes soul with modern electronic influences. She also frequently collaborates with other artists and is well worth checking out.
Dermot Kennedy has come a long way since his busking days. He now performs with a band (dressed in matching white t-shirts). The show at the Amsterdam was sold out – and fans were more than ready. Not wasting any time, “An Evening I Will Not Forget” pulled the crowd into his grasp. It was performed stripped down with many in the audience joining in. It was interesting to watch Kennedy’s rage as his songs changed from calm ballads to lively, and passionate. His set included the newly released “Young & Free”.
Dermot Kennedy is a captivating performer to experience live, his music shows a wide range of influences and his lyrics are worth paying attention to. His tour continues, and is well worth checking out if he comes to your area. There’s a reason he has been named to several “Artists to watch” lists for 2018.
Set List: An Evening I Will Not Forget / A Closeness / All My Friends / Young & Free / For Island Fires and Family / Boston / Malay / Moments Passed / Glory / After Rain