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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.

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