The name Foy Vance may not mean much to many of the young party goers who crashed into Ebrington last weekend - but the Bangor born singer/ songwriter made sure the city’s weekend of music finished on a high note with a breathtaking performance at the Glassworks on Sunday evening.
Foy Vance is the man that Derry’s own Johnny McDaid has described as the “greatest songwriter he has ever known” and who Ed Sheeran has referenced in his latest album ‘X’.
Sheeran has even sung on a Vance track or two in his time - and next weekend the pair will team up together again for the ITunes Festival in London.
So it was a coup for music city organisers to secure Vance for an intimate Derry gig - and for the Scottish based singer, coming to Derry was a perfect way to keep his feet firmly on the ground.
“I just love Derry - I played here earlier in the year for ‘Other Voices’ and the Glassworks is a brilliant venue. But I love the Derry audience. You always know where stand with a Derry crowd. They will let you know what they like and don’t like.”
Despite being the subject of great critical acclaim and the admiration of his peers, Vance comes across as exceptionally modest.
“It’s always flattering to hear that someone has said something nice about you,” he said, “But I’m sure Johnny McDaid mustn’t have met too many songwriters to form that opinion,” he laughed.
Despite enjoying success in numerous countries throughout the world - and his songs being featured in such top rated TV shows as ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Criminal Minds’, the 39 year old says he does not consider himself a ‘world class musician’.
“I don’t see myself as anything other than a singer and a songwriter and for me it is all about the music.”
He can’t pick a favourite song (although Sheeran finishes his own set with the hauntingly beautiful ‘Guiding Light’) saying “they all come from the same place - it would be impossible to choose”.
However he will this week release a new EP Feel For Me - featuring four tracks from his award winning album ‘Joy of Nothing’ then it’s back into the studio to put the finishes touches on some new material.
As for his stint in Derry on Sunday night - the Glassworks saw a full house of music lovers who described his stripped back show as ‘breathtaking’. Maybe it will be Ebrington next time.