Two lo­cal treats at Deni con­cert

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THE AU­DI­ENCE at Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre for the flam­boy­ant Amer­i­can vi­o­lin­ist and singer-song­writer Deni Bonet were also fed two sur­prise lo­cal treats in solo sup­port acts Me­gan Kate Doolan and Rachel Grace.

Both sing their own songs and play gui­tars, but Grace is the more ex­pe­ri­enced per­former. In ‘Scream Out Loud’ she has a ter­rific song that con­fronts the is­sue of men­tal health, an area few of our song­writ­ers ven­ture into, Jimi Cullen be­ing a no­table ex­cep­tion. That song con­tains a star­tling line about ‘no pol­i­tics in sui­cide’.

She de­liv­ered a heart­felt song about her grand­mother ‘Nancy’ and brought a neat bluesy un­der­cur­rent to the acer­bic ‘Nice Know­ing You’ be­fore clos­ing with a con­vinc­ing ver­sion of Bob Dy­lan’s ‘To Make You Feel My Love’.

Ear­lier, the re­mark­ably young Me­gan Kate ap­plied her light and ex­pres­sive pop voice to her melod­i­cally-cap­ti­vat­ing songs and proved she’s a nat­u­ral and ar­tic­u­late per­former very much at home on stage. Watch out for her.

All of which cre­ated a pos­i­tive Wex­ford Arts Cen­tre mood for bill-top­per Bonet who has added her vir­tu­osic vi­olin skills to record­ings with REM, Cyndi Lau­per, and the Scis­sor Sis­ters. She was ac­com­pa­nied on the night by guitar-play­ers, Matt and Bob, who also con­trib­uted oc­ca­sional vo­cal har­monies. At times Bonet brought a fu­ri­ous rock en­ergy to her clas­si­cally-trained tal­ent that was more Jimi Hen­drix than Ye­hudi Menuhin. If you missed it, she will prob­a­bly be back in Wex­ford early next year.

(by Jackie Hay­den)

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