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James Vincent McMorrow: Concert Review

James Vincent McMorrow shows his talents at a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable performance at the Chicago House of Blues.

The Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow performed at the Chicago House of Blues this past Wednesday as a part of his US tour. At his concert, attendees were able to witness a very unique concert experience.

The singer, who is best known for his distinct, falsetto voice, performed a set that included many of his songs off of his first album Early in the Morning as well as his newest album Post Tropical. He started out with a song titled “The Lakes” from his first album. What I really liked about his setlist was that he balanced songs from both his first and second albums which pleased his old and new fans. A few of my favorite songs performed at the show included “Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree“, “Breaking Hearts“, and “Cavalier“.  McMorrow put an interesting twist onto his songs when he performed them in a more R&B style rather than the indie/ folk style featured in his albums.

One of the things that really stood out at his concert was how the singer incorporated a beautiful light show into his performance. During our interview last week, McMorrow stated that he was looking forward to sharing a light show with his Chicago fans. It’s rare for people who sing in his genre of music to incorporate a light show into their set, but the lights went along seamlessly with his performance and added a ethereal vibe.

After the end of his performance, McMorrow was quickly invited back onto the stage for an encore. To start off his encore, he performed an acoustic, unplugged version of his song “And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop” which really demonstrated his vocal talent. He then went on to perform a new song from the deluxe edition of his album Post Tropical  called “When I Leave“. Finally, he closed the night with his song “If I Had a Boat” which he dedicated to anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a loved one.

Overall, it was a beautiful performance which made me a bigger fan of his music than I already was. I can’t wait until the next time he comes to Chicago!

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Were you at the concert? Have you ever listened to a song by James Vincent McMorrow? If not, then check out the songs below and let me know what you think!


(Photos taken by Pearl Shin)

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