THE TICKET GIG OF THE WEEK

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

“It’s okay, the queen has left!’’ The po­lite David Gray gen­tly scolds his (equally po­lite) au­di­ence at Dublin’s Con­ven­tion Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day. But don’t blame the pun­ters for the so­porific at­mos­phere. Here’s the rub: much of Gray’s re­cent ma­te­rial lacks the power to lift the soul, de­spite the su­per-slick pro­duc­tion. Re­demp­tion of sorts comes when he fi­nally rolls out a mem­o­rable Baby­lon and a stir­ring Sail Away. But why was all it so much bet­ter in Whe­lan’s a decade and more ago? Words: Seán Flynn

Pho­to­graph: Brenda Fitzsi­mons

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