Gig Review: The Meteor Live Sessions – Ham Sandwich / Laura Sheeran / Cat Dowling
Pros:A fantastic night of music and great opportunity for Irish artists to get radio exposure
Cons:There was a long wait between the short performances
Nadene checks out the second instalment of the Meteor Live Sessions, featuring performances by Cat Dowling, Laura Sheeran and Ham Sandwich.
There was an electric atmosphere at the Workman’s Club for the second instalment of the Meteor Sessions, where this week’s lively but intimate performances came from Ham Sandwich, Laura Sheeran and Cat Dowling.
The Paul McLoone Show has teamed up with Meteor to host a collection of special gigs for the month of September, all of which are broadcast live on Today FM. The downstairs venue was nicely crowded for this invite-only night, where three of Ireland’s finest acts performed a short set each with an interview beforehand – a great way for home-grown talent to get exposure on mainstream radio.
Cat Dowling was up first with her beautiful voice and breezy, Celtic sounds. The previous Alphastates front woman has returned this year with a gorgeous solo album. In an uplifting and fully captivating performance, she played her current single ‘The Well Runs Dry’. Brimming with charisma and with lingering spine-tingling vocals, it’s hard to take your eyes off her. She also sang the lively ‘The Believer’ and haunting ‘Gospel Song’ in a performance was full of energy and passion, backed up by her brilliant band.
Gothic musings by Laura Sheeran brought a totally different mood to proceedings. With porcelain-pale skin and black, fluttering eyelashes, she grabs attention the minute she steps on-stage. For the dark and strange ‘Forever Love’, an electro backing track was playing behind a classical band, an unusual combination that didn’t seem to fit at first. The vocals were too low and drowned out, and during ‘Lonesome Soldier’ they were drenched in reverb. Unable to hear the lyrics, it was difficult to connect with the music. However this was fully redeemed by her new track ‘Into The Fire’ which was intriguingly creepy.
The venue was packed by the time Ham Sandwich reached the stage, with everyone eagerly awaiting the performance by one of Ireland’s best and most fun live acts. With their multiple vocals and playful sounds mingling together with that cheerful violin, there’s something distinctive and always uplifting about Ham Sandwich. Niamh and Podge have a fantastic dynamic, and their vocal harmonies are so different but work together very well. Podge is a born showman and has a talent for getting a laugh out of any audience. They played ‘Models’, ‘The Naturist’, and finished with ‘Ants’, as always to a fantastic reception. The only downside is that they couldn’t play for longer, but they did announce a headline date in The Academy on December 15th. A fantastic night of music!