CQAF: Madison Violet & Ciara O’Neil

c1 c2 c3 c4 mv1 mv2 mv3 mv4 mv6Madison Violet played at The Black Box, Belfast as part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

If Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch had a collective love-child with Steve Earle, their offspring might sound a little bit like Madison Violet’s new album No Fool For Trying.

The band’s heartfelt (and often heartbreaking) lyrics sit in brilliant contrast to their uplifting arrangements, pushing their graceful harmonies to the surface. This hallmark fusion has seen the duo sell out their own tours across North America and Europe and share stages with contemporaries such as Ron Sexsmith and The Indigo Girls.

Madison Violet’s is a lush, inviting sound, intimate yet country-infused and toe-tapping, and one which has seen them firmly labeled as amongst Canada’s finest singer/songwriters. This night they played to a Belfast crowd as this year’s festival neared an end. Support came from the wonderful Ciara O’Neill.