Bray People - - NEWS - BY MARY FOG­A­RTY

‘IF YOU LIKE Paddy Casey songs, you’re in luck. I know all of them. Well, most of them.’ This is the wit fans have come to ex­pect from Casey, a mem­ber of the Ir­ish mu­si­cal elect of Messrs Hansard, O’Rourke, Rice, Dempsey et al.

Paddy earned his fee in the Har­bour Bar last week. While the vast ma­jor­ity of those present were there for the gig, there were pock­ets of peo­ple just in for a pint and a chat.

And chat they did. The lounge in the Har­bour was never go­ing to be a quiet room, even for a fa­mous singer-song­writer. Frank Si­na­tra and Fred­die Mer­cury could rise from their graves to duet on that par­tic­u­lar stage and a few pun­ters would still shout in each other’s ears through the quiet ones.

‘I don’t mind if ye talk, just as long as it’s in the same key as the mu­sic,’ said the Crum­lin man, who pro­ceeded to deftly win the au­di­ence over to a man, and woman.

Prior to the main event, Saoirse Casey opened for her fa­ther with a re­mark­able set of orig­i­nals. ‘I’m her big­gest fan,’ Paddy told the au­di­ence later when in­tro­duc­ing Saoirse.

He started with the ethe­real ‘ There is Light’, be­fore dis­pens­ing with the softer sounds and draw­ing on a uniquely impressive back cat­a­logue. The big fin­ish was ‘Saints & Sin­ners’, with ev­ery box ticked en-route, from ‘ The Lucky One’ to ‘Bend Down Low’ and from ‘Ad­dicted to Com­pany’ to ‘What­ever Gets You True’. He en­dear­ingly ap­pealed to the au­di­ence to sing along, even teach­ing the odd cho­rus be­fore kick­ing off the song.

This re­porter un­suc­cess­fully de­manded that he do ‘Out of Con­trol’. How­ever, the song’s co-writer, Kil­coole woman Kim Hay­den, wasn’t in Bray last Thurs­day night. ‘I don’t know the other part!’ he said. One no­table cover on the night was a cover ver­sion of Sin­ner­man. While Nina Si­mone’s was the de­fin­i­tive ver­sion, Paddy’s own is a wor­thy com­pan­ion. ‘No Dig­gity’ mor­phed into a ren­di­tion of Prince’s ‘Get Off ’ and raised the roof. No­body was talk­ing by then.

Paddy Casey on stage in the Har­bour Bar.

Sarah Mackey and Peter Mil­li­gan.

Paddy’s daugh­ter Saoirse Casey, who was the sup­port act, and Gar Tier­nan.

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