Gallie Review

Posted by: on Sep 29, 2015 | No Comments
Gallie ‘The Occoquan River’ CD LAUNCH

Without a doubt, one of the most ambitious and enjoyable local CD releases of 2015 is by Irish singer/songwriter Gallie. Combining an mass line-up of awesomely talented musicians, his latest album The Occoquan River is stellar from start to finish. Recently, Gallie launched the album at the Potato Shed in Drysdale. A nice summery day and quite a nice relief from the cold snap of winter this year, there probably could have been more people at the performance, however smaller numbers meant that it was a lot of intimate and I felt that I was able to connect a lot more with what the musicians were singing about.

Steve McEwan

There was a little bit of disappointment before the show started and that was the late omission of Irish lass Aine Tyrrell who was also supposed to be launching her latest record Queen Of Swords on the same day, however local troubadour Steve McEwan stepped into fill the spot and having not played a gig in quite a while, it was a welcome return to the stage for McEwan. Talking about a previous life where McEwan used to play a duo show with a friend every Sunday that led the group to learn Van Morrison because well why not? McEwan then played ‘Into The Mystic’ off the Moondance album and together with his falsetto it was a definite highlight to his set.

Finally the moment that everyone was waiting for came and Gallie took to the stage to rapturous applause from the audience. Kicking off with ‘Louisa’s Bed’ it seemed that Gallie was playing the album in its entirety from start to finish, which is a feat that you don’t often see in this day and age. Stories about getting drunk in Dublin and trying to write a song with three chords (G,C and D) as well as sitting on a balcony in the Canary Islands and surfing everyday were well received. His set was littered with cover songs as well which also helped to get the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.



Hands down, Gallie played the best version of Fire and Rain by James Taylor I think that I have ever heard in my life and that is definitely one of the harder tracks to cover. From start to finish it was simply magical. ‘Ziggy’s Song’ an ode to his song and the first time that he had been away from him was also a heartfelt moment before paying homage to Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young with ‘I’m On Fire’ and ‘Old Man’ finished out the set. If you get the opportunity to see this singer, definitely do it, simply astounding and a true gem that we are so lucky to have in this region.

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