Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Celtic Thunder in Loveland
There were still issues, of course- hardly any longer show goes off without any hitch, but Colm remembered the words to get into his verse of "All God's Creatures", and Neil did not land on his butt when he fell over 'drunk' at the end of "Seven Drunken Nights" this time. Neil's instrument for "Brown Eyed Girl" wasn't quite right when he started the song, but he gave a great performance anyway, and once he got his guitar plugged in properly he played very impressively. He is indeed still deserving of the title "Guitar God". And, at the very beginning, the balance on "Heartland" was much better. "Steal Away" was absolutely breathtaking, to the point that I would not have dreamt of singing along, because I was too mesmerized by the luscious harmonies these 6 men created tonight.
In addition to the higher energy and stronger voices, tonight's show benefitted from the acoustics of the space. I love the visual aesthetic of an opera hall, which is what we were in Saturday, but oddly enough, I liked the sound in the Budweiser Events Center better. The seats were far less comfortable, and while I was in a very similar spot relative to the stage, with almost the same angle between me and the set as last time, I was sitting much further away this time. But, the way lower notes and especially percussion sounded in that space was like magic. Barry Kerr played great bodhran solos Saturday too, but tonight's drum war segments sounded richer and all-round better just because of the space we were in. And, when the guys got to that gorgeous a capella section of "Steal Away", those harmonies also filled the space differently, sounding even richer and more amazing.