Live Review: The Purple Sessions March 29th Boyles

Thursday's 'Purple Sessions' goes down as one of my favourite gigs ever. The line-up of Ana Gog, Allie Bradley, Orphan Code and Eric McGrath proved to me that they are four of the best musical acts in Ireland at the moment!

First up was Dubliner with a hint of Spanish, Eric McGrath with his laid back folk sounds. It'd be too easy to call Eric the Irish Jack Johnson but in truth he's much more than that. Eric has the ability to transport you somewhere warm with his charming songs and pleasant vocals. Eric's debut album is fittingly out on the Summer Solstice with a launch in The Sugar Club! Here's his debut single available on itunes!

Next up was Dublin band Orphan Code who are back with a new album 'I Am A Country' and a bunch of fabulous alternative rock songs. Again their new album is one I'm excited about listening to with new songs 'Candy' and 'Such a Long Way Down' in particular sounding amazing.

Derry's Allie Bradley finished her tour of Ireland with a superb acoustic set in The Purple Sessions. Allie has superb vocals and delicate meaningful lyrics which captures your attention and relentlessly holds onto it! My favourite songs from her set were 'One Way' and this song called 'Mistakes'.

Headline band Ana Gog were simply sensational on the night. If they just played their songs I'd have been happy but the few tricks they do on stage takes their music to another level. On one track the bassist became the second drummer on a song while this fantastic song 'Before The Evening Comes' has to be seen to be believed. It contains four part harmonies, four part keys and a finale fitting for any song!