The last time Kieran Goss performed in Limavady it was in a tent on a football pitch but, thankfully for the County Down man, the town has come a long way since then.
There wasn’t a tent in sight for Goss who played an intimate gig to an engrossed audience in the multi-million pound Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre. From the minute the lights went down, the Mayobridge man was right at home.
Goss was fantastic on Saturday night, pouring out one gem after another for the crowd. New songs, old favourites and some he had borrowed from others, Goss was superb. His voice is divine, echoing at time legends like James Taylor and Willie Nelson. Couple that with his affable manner with the crowd, his concert was pure relaxation and no-one wanted it to end. He has said in interviews he likes to talk but doesn’t want the humour to detract from his songs, but there is no fear of that. Goss is funny, very funny, but as much as the stories about his days in the Newry band, ‘Night Shift’ working the parochial hall circuit and witnessing many a fight provoked belly-busting laughter, nothing could take away from Goss’s music. Songs such as ‘Brand New Star’, ‘Reasons To Leave’ and ‘Out of My Head’ are just far too good.
Goss told the audience at the end of the show the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre is a beautiful building that people need to support. Keep on bringing artists of his calibre and the Centre will have no problem there. Fans just hope it won’t be another five years before Goss is back in the Roe Valley.
Goss is now off on an extensive European tour and next year he has a gig in Derry’s Playhouse Theatre. Fans, and even those who don’t know this incredible artist that well, mark your diary because a night at a Kieran Goss concert is a treat.
One man, his guitar and his songs. Heaven.
Kieran Goss was playing at the Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre in Limavady as the final act of the Danny Boy Festival.