‘Special’ tour in store
Tuesday, 4 February 2014
MAYOBRIDGE singer-songwriter, Kieran Goss will be heading to The Spirit Store, Dundalk on Sunday, February 9, and the Down Arts Centre on Sunday, March 16, as part of his 2014 Irish Tour.
After spending the majority of the last six years touring in countries such as Germany, Canada, Switzerland and the UK, Kieran is looking forward to playing in Ireland after performing less and less in his home country.
Kieran, who now lives in Sligo, played over 200 shows last year and can't wait to get started on his home tour after admitting that there is something special about playing in Ireland. "Out of all of those shows last year there were five of them in Ireland. I loved those shows. It was never a decision to stop touring in Ireland, it was just the way things panned out," he said.
“When those five shows were put in they sold out really fast and it reminded me that I loved playing in Ireland and that I hadn't done it in a while.
“I made a decision and I promised to my fans that I would try and tour more in Ireland. That's how this tour came about. I was originally meant to be off over the next couple of months but I said let's do some more Ireland shows and go to places like Dundalk and Downpatrick.
“I'm really looking forward to it because what I discovered was that there is really nothing like playing at home. Whether or not these audiences know my music, these small gigs tend to be full of the hardcore fans who know all my stuff, but even beyond that there is kind of a sense of humour and an element of having the craic in Ireland that I love.
“There's is a real sense of fun, I like to chat to the audience and have a bit of banter. I'm not a comedian but I do like to have a bit of fun with the audience and tell them the background to songs and things like that. These home gigs are special.
“When I last played in the Spirit Store it was a very small venue and more like an upstairs of a pub but the promoter has told me that in recent years it has become a brilliant little theatre after being renovated.
“Brendan and Declan Murphy from The Four Of Us are great friends of mine. They were over here at Christmas and they said it was a fantastic place.
“I played at the Down Arts Centre too about five or six years ago too and it was brilliant as well."
The response from Kieran's fans has been great so far as tickets for his gigs have been flying. The first two shows in Kilworth, County Cork and Carrick-On-Suir, County Tipperary, have both sold out.
“So far the signs have been good and the shows are selling well. Dundalk and Downpatrick are special because playing in front of a home audience is always a special thing," he said.
“The last time I played in the Canal Court was great because you look down and you see your old teachers, who used to teach me in the Abbey, my Godmother, Lilly Murphy and my father. That always adds a special edge.
“In some way it might be more difficult. It's easier to play to a room full of strangers instead of people who you know but I'm looking forward to that, it will be good fun."
Kieran's wife, Annie travels with her husband while he goes on tour, giving him the chance to persuade her into performing a few duets.
“Annie is a great singer and I always manage to coax her up to sing a couple of songs. There is a lovely looseness to the show and it gives me the chance to sing a lot of older songs but also more importantly, some songs that the audience won't have heard.
“These shows also give me the flexibility to play cover songs. Things you wouldn't necessarily do with a band because it would be unfair on them to throw a curveball. The shows are spontaneous, intimate and they're good fun. That's what the tour is all about."
Tickets for Kieran's Irish Tour are available by calling the Spirit Store on +353 (0)42 935 2697 or the Down Arts Centre on 02844 610 747. Both shows begin at 8pm.
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