The Ticket gig of the week
American singer-songwriter John Grant received three standing ovations last Friday night at Vicar Street: one before the encore, one after and one when special guest Sinéad O’Connor forgot her words. That he reacted by pulling her onto his feet and dancing endeared him to an already transfixed crowd. With his mix of stark synth-pop, soft rock balladry and raw, darkly funny lyrics, Grant delivered a beautiful, haunting performance. Words: Kathleen Harris.