With a magic mixture of blatant talent and an abiding and honest love for the legacy of their traditional folk, it didn't take long for these four Irish sirens to seduce the audience on Saturday night.
This event was a rare and rich coming together of individual bravura performers.
The four female singers are already true stars of Irish folk, but in Divas the duo Lumiere (Ellis Kennedy and Pauline Scanion) and duo Grada (Nicola Joyce and Norianna Kennedy) join forces - and two plus two in Irish musical maths equals goose-bump inducing, heart-searing, pure loveliness.
Lest we forget the men behind the Divas, note they are all recognized top talent in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. There's the mop-haired animated Golden Fiddle award winner for 2012 Chris Stone who added effortless electric rivulets of solo to most songs; the still-rising star guitarist Noelie McDonnell (another award-winner two years back in the US) and the already risen star, the applauded (once was of The Waifs) double bass player, Ben Franz.
But a longer handclap has to go to the man that put this particular incarnation of the band together: musical director and the ever-energized guitarist Gerry Paul. So, thank you Mr Paul for organizing a ripping ride through Irish eyes of the country's long, rich and turbulent history, of how they loved, lost, left, fought and died young. It has to be said that in among tales of tragic seductions, murders and odds-stacked politics, was a sprinkle of barnyard blarney. "It's not all about potatoes and famine," assured Diva Nicola Joyce who plays a mean bodhran (Irish drum) and she was true to her word.
Note that the Gaelic the term for singing a song is "Abair Ámhrán" - literally to tell a song. For over two hours the Divas were enriching the lives of the audience with a highly charged social history imbued with mysticism, tragedy, humour and pragmatism.On The Banks of the Ohio murder ballad sung by Noriana was a showstopper as was Paddy's Lamentation with the four women singing in full force - you were almost in a crowded Dublin pub clutching a pint of the best black stuff. So a million thanks Divas and may the road rise up to meet you and the wind be ever at your back.
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