The venue has had many wonderful nights over the past couple of months with many big names gracing the Acapela stage. However Emily Maguire may not be well known to the majority of the Acapela audience but after last Friday’s performance she certainly should be! If you missed Friday’s performance catch her next time – you won’t regret it!
Not knowing Emily’s back catalogue of work and not sure what to expect from her performance (as were many in attendance), we were all swept off our feet as Emily proceeded to perform a wonderful collection of songs from her 5 albums. Partnered by Christian Dunham on bass, the pair produced a sound that was so clear and beautiful it held the whole audience in rapt attention across two sets.
Emily is possessed with such a wonderful voice – up there with the very best – and you have to question why is she not heard on the radio / tv more often? So powerful and expressive, each song crafted a story of their own, many influenced by Emily’s long stuggle with mental health issues.
Highlights for me included songs “Beautiful” , “A bit of Blue” “For Free” and “Bicycle made for 2” but to be honest I could have listened to her all night long. Only one word really sums up the concert – “Captivating”.
Oh and I forgot to mention – the prize goes to Christian for being the “coolest” bass player Acapela has ever seen…..loving the “Moves” Christian!
If you missed Emily’s performance – you can catch one of her songs on Youtube (see below) which was recorded by an audience member. It doesn’t quite catch the wonderful vocals on the night but you can imagine what it sounded like – it was musical perfection!