Live Review: The Purple Sessions - Boyles Feb 23rd

February's 'Purple Sessions' took place last night in Boyles of Slane and it was a superb night of music!

First up was Galway based Rory Bowens and his mix of quirky indie pop songs. He revealed his parents were at the venue listening to songs of heartbreak and lust! Standout track of Rory's set was this song 'John':

Next up was the folk sound of Polly Barrett from Cork. The set featured songs from her debut album 'Mr. Bookshop' as well as a new upbeat song reflecting her life in the now. Polly's vocals were superb throughout the set and brought to life the thoughtful lyrics of her songs. Standout track for me was 'Almost Friend' about how you can briefly meet new interesting people while busking and never get to know them!

Marc O'Reilly was up next with a superb set showcasing his amazing guitar skills and pure voice. Marc got a great reaction from the crowd who fully appreciated the quality of talents Marc possesses. Marc's debut album was reviewed on the blog last month and his set consisted of the guitar heavy tracks like 'Tell Old Joe' and 'Get Back'. I think Marc has such a wonderful voice and was disappointed not to hear my favourites from the album 'Family Reunion' and 'La Question'. Standout track from Marc's set was an amazing version of this instrumental:

Headlining the night were The Riot Tapes who once again proved to me that they are ripe for success. The tight set of pop rock tracks showcased Elaine's wonderful vocals over songs that make you want to move, sway and dance to!  Standout track for me was the encore song which was an acoustic version of their debut single 'Photograph'.