Friday, July 27, 2007

Fionn Regan @ The Rivoli, July 26

Now that’s more like it. After three disappointing concerts in a row (Interpol, Bebel Gilberto, and The Police), I had my faith in live music restored by burgeoning folk phenom Fionn Regan. The easy comparisons are to Dylan and Nick Drake, but the connoisseur can pick up hints of Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens and even Leonard Cohen (especially when he was joined by a female backing vocalist). A drummer accompanied Regan for parts of the set, but mainly it was just him on stage, with his guitar, his powerful yet soft voice, and his gorgeous songs. The finale (well, what was likely the finale until the crowd brought him back for one more) was an off-mic version of “Be Good or Be Gone,” with a chill-enducing sing-along at the end (see previous post for mp3). See him now — he might be big.
Fionn Regan: The Underwood Typewriter (mp3)
Fionn Regan: Hey Rabbit (mp3)

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