Reviews 2005

Woodman Folk Club - Reviews

Donal O'Connor
Pete Brown 25 February 2005
Intimate and comforting are the two words that spring to mind when I listened to Donal O’Connor. His music is superbly crafted, his guitar work first class and his song writing ability magnificent. Most of the evening we were treated to his own songs, which were all fresh and new to the Woodman audience. However he did give us Paul Simon’s ‘American Tune ‘ to end the first half.

James Brown started the evening with two songs and some superb guitar work on ‘Moonlight’ his final instrumental piece. Nothing to Prove lived up to their name with a tight set, which included Trevor’s ‘The Kingfisher’. They were followed by the BICA Band who gave us ‘A Groovy Kind of Love’ and my favourite Anthony John Clarke number ‘The Broken Years’.

After a short break for crisps and a chat Donal was back again. The song that I particularly liked was ‘At the End of the Day’ in his words an out and out love song. One line stood out for all the romantics among us - I’d hold you in my heart to the morning light. Then followed the fishing boat tragedy song where three generations of the same family, grandfather, father and son all named Michael Green were drowned when their boat capsized in February 2002. It was a very sad song. Donal was looking for a tenth and final song for his first CD ‘It’s about time!’ he came up with a poignant and robust number ‘The Boyle Song’. Many will identify with the line ‘We are the children of the Monkees and the Beatles’. Donal is reminiscent of Christy Moore who described his debut album as "A Pure Joy". I, for one, would not argue with that. He writes about the people and places that he knows and loves and I certainly loved his music last Friday.