It's a Wednesday night in a small intimate venue just a short drive from my house in Ratoath and I'm at the first night of Gretchen Peters UK & Irish tour and it's as blissful and charming as gigs go.
Gretchen was supported by fellow Nashville resident from Northern Ireland, Ben Glover who won the crowd over with his set of well written tunes. He has a lovely pure voice and the quality of his set especially the two new songs hint at great things to come from Ben Glover.
Assisted by husband Barry Walsh and multi-instrumentalist Christine Bougie, Gretchen Peters charmed the audience with new songs from the 2012 album 'Hello Cruel World' along with well known tracks from her back catalogue. I suppose the best compliment to bestow onto Gretchen Peters on the first date of her tour is that the onstage unit was so tight you'd never guess there could have been those first night 'jitters'.
Songs that impress me big time included 'Burn Toast & Offerings', 'Dark Angel' featuring the vocals of Barry Walsh, 'When You Are Old' taken from the name of a poem by WB Yeats and a scaled down piano led reworking of 'Independence Day'. There was even a fine sing-song with this beautiful tune 'Wild Horses':
Gretchen Peters is a genuine entertainer, wonderful singer and superb songwriter in which every song was of the highest quality with real and honest meaning. I was also really impressed with her 'Meet & Greet' of the crowd immediately after the show. It was a perfect way to spend an evening and her tour comes highly recommended: