Tonight's show is a real gem as we are treated to the best in modern Country/Roots music, courtesy of Madison Violet, a Canadian duo comprised of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIssac. This talented powerhouse is joined onstage by Christine Bougie, drums and lap-steel, plus bass player Adrian Lawryshyn. They add rich accompaniment to the impressive sound created by guitars, fiddle, harmonica and percussion already in play. Lisa swoops in and out of the song arrangements on a mean Hofner shorty travel guitar that compliments perfectly the strong acoustic strumming of Brenley; as their voices merge together into compelling harmonies, across the set list that includes songs from their four releases to date.
Madison Violet really are a joy to experience and in full flow there are few other acts that can provide such a strong statement of quality musicianship, coupled with songs of the highest calibre. We are treated to a few new songs from a forthcoming release in Trouble, These Ships and Operator and we also get plenty of set favourites like No Fool For Trying, Small of my Heart, The Ransom, Crying, Come as You Are, Home, No Fool For Trying and Time & Tide.
Channelling all this robust, ragged energy, added to the sweet vocal power of voices raised in unison; these girls really know how to deliver a celebratory treat while checking plenty of insights into their often hilarious stories of life on the road together.
You really should treat yourself to a little Madison Violet music in your life until the next time they tour Ireland and all going well, they will continue to grow and move towards a greater media presence on our shores.
Kudos to energetic and enthusiastic promoter, Andy Peters who has never been one to shy away from a good night at the risk of financial challenge. This wonderful venue has been host to many great music nights over recent years and I really loved this one!
Review by Paul McGee. Photograph courtsey of Paul McConville.