A Band Called Paul enjoyed a massively successful debut gig in The Abbey Tavern, Howth, last night to a standing ovation from the full house of of concert-goers.
Opening the evening was the wonderful Colin O’Shea performing tacks from his two successul albums before A Band Called Paul took to the stage at 9:30pm.
Teasing the crowd by opening with the minimal jazzy swing of “Pass It On”, the five-piece incrementally notched up the volume and energy levels throughout before ending with a thumping rendition of the new wave pop “Inside Out” to a now dancing and heaving crowd. Streaming and radio favourites “Something New”, “Slow Train” and “In It For Money” were rearranged especially for the live lineup of Tim McGrath on drums, Michael Sheridan on bass, Niall Fallon on drums, Ola Pukowiec on keyboards and vocals and Paul moving between his percussion kit and front-stage electro-acoustic guitar, singing through a headset microphone.
Given the fantastic response to the main set, the audience then enjoyed an encore rendition of the poetic “Parallel Lives”, with Ola sharing vocal harmonies, which resulted in a prolonged standing ovation for the band.
The full set list is pictured here …