Live Review: Ryan Sheridan - Boyles 10th Feb

Ryan Sheridan performed in Boyles, last night as part of his countrywide single tour promoting the radio hit 'Jigsaw'. The gig confirms that Ryan is a fantastic performer with superb vocals.

Support for the gig was one half of Navan's hotly tipped rock band Red Queen Contest. Cormac and Paul takes turns with lead vocals and harmonise on many of the tracks. Their stripped down acoustic set really showcased their songwriting talents and hints at a superb debut album in the making.

There was a real air of optimism amongst the packed crowd in Boyles before Ryan Sheridan and percussionist Arthur Graczyk took to the stage. While it's taken years for Ryan's talents to be discovered the recent radio play for the single Jigsaw has resulted in Ryan gaining new fans at a rate not seen too often seen these days.

A confident Ryan belted out unheard of material that got due attention from the crowd because of the animated introductions. It wasn't long until he declared to the crowd that he is sick of playing 'Jigsaw' and it won't be played! Of course he lied and played the hit mid setlist and then again as the encore. [A few years ago when I seen Little Palace in Navan I was amused when the band played their radio hit first and last with a totally different crowd reaction ..... probably due to alcohol consumption!] There were also two covers played with 'Baby Please Don't Go' early in the set and a superb version of Bronski Beat's 'Smalltown Boy'.

Ryan announced that the album is ready for release in May. The songs played tonight suggest that lyrically there will be some interesting tracks on the album to get stuck into. I'm not too sure if there is another 'hit' single like 'Jigsaw'. It won't be long until we find out!

What I learned from the gig is that Ryan Sheridan is on the path to being a recognisable star in Ireland. He is a confident performer brimming with charm and a bunch of high energy acoustic tracks!

The Setlist:

Stand Up Tall
Take It All Back
The Game
Baby Please Don't Go [Cover]
All And More
High Roller
The Day U Live 4Ever
Nutbush City Limits
Smalltown Boy [Bronski Beat Cover]
The Dreamer

Feb 11th: The Garage, Monaghan
Feb 12th: Roisin Dubh, Galwaye
Feb 17th: The Thatch, Tullamore
Feb 18th: The Venue, Waterford
Feb 19th: Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Feb 24th: Dolan's Limerick
Feb 25th: The Queens, Ennise
Feb 26th: The Hideout, Warrenpoint
Mar 3rd: McHugh's, Belfast
Mar 5th: Spirit Store, Dundalk
Mar 17th: TF Royal, Castlebar
Mar 18th: The Stables, Mullingar
Mar 19th: Gonzo Theatre, Cavan
Mar 24th: O'Keefe's, Clonmel
Mar 25th: INEC, Tralee
April 7th: Whelan's, Dublin

Ryan is also in line to perform at this year's Inspirations gig at The Olympia with Glen Hansard, The Stunning, Delorentos, O Emperor , Dirty Epics and more.


Anonymous said…
Can't wait to hear this guy in Dolan's- great post Peter!
Unknown said…
You'll love him Elaine!