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DAVID GRAY Touring nationally
This time last year, when it was known that UK singersongwriter David Gray was one of the headline acts at the annual Other Voices event, you could almost hear the collective groan from Donegal to Cork. David Gray? Isn’t he, like, so middle of the road that he has an uninterrupted white stripe down his back?
That may have been the case, particularly during his self-confessed slump period of 2002 to 2007, but Gray’s performance of forthcoming album material 12 months ago in Dingle caused many an upturned nose to twitch downwards for all the right reasons.
Several months into this year, new album Mutineers saw Gray reconnected to a raw energy – he returned with a resurgence of energy and focus that specifically referenced his early, splenetic albums. An element that also surprised was the amount of Irish assistance in his live shows and studio sessions – backing him, pushing him forward even (and certainly crowning the choruses with terrific harmonised voices), were Lisa O’Neill, Mossy Nolan and David Kitt.
Our advice, then (should you need it), is to shove aside any negative preconceptions and give Gray’s latest musical departure points a fresh chance. See listings for full tour details.