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2022-05-19 Sive - Workmans Cellar, Dublin

  Sive just recently released her latest album, ' We Begin in Darkness ', and what a superb album it is! Every album deserves a launch night and that's what tonight, in the Workman's Club Cellar , was all about, and what a night it was! With the backing of a full band, we were treated to a superb night featuring songs from the aforementioned We Begin in Darkness, Sive (EP) and more. Sive is always gigging, so if she comes to your local venue, I'd really recommend checking her out! Now for some photos:

2022-05-06 JoJo Levesque - The Academy, Dublin

Two years ago, I saw a tweet saying that 3 times Grammy Award Nominated JoJo Levesque was going to be playing the Academy in Dublin as part of her UK & Ireland Tour.

Now, her style of music wouldn't ordinarily be my scene, but she is a Grammy Nominee and has an incredible voice, so I thought 'why the hell not' and I booked a ticket.

That show was to take place on August 31st of 2020, but we all know what happened... Due to Covid restrictions, the show was rescheduled until October 6th 2021.  Well, as luck would have it, Covid did not disappear and so rather than reschedule again, the show was cancelled and refunds were issued.

Sometime in October 2021, the show was announced again with a new date in May 2022, but still in the Academy, so I bought another ticket, hoping it would go ahead.  As you can see from the title of this post, it most certainly did!

So, the gig, how was it?  Well, it was excellent.  JoJo has an incredible voice and her band were superb.  Not being the biggest JoJo fan, I wasn't aware of a lot of her catalogue, but I knew the hits and sang along with everyone else.

Speaking of everyone else, they knew all the words, of every song and sang their hearts out. It was great to see.

I've said it before, it's always good to step outside your comfort zone and go see or do something you're not used to.  Tonight was one of those times and I really enjoyed it.

My only issue was with the the use of smoke. Bad lighting I can cope with, but the use of heavy smoke is just annoying.  Also, JoJo has a tour photographer with her, so bringing the DSLR was out of the question.

I'm not overly delighted with my photos, but they're a record of the night, so here they are!

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