Brian Fallon, formerly best known as lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, played an intimate acoustic gig at Pretty Green in Belfast as a taster for his gig with his full band ‘The Howling Weather’ at The Limelight in Belfast.
The American singer, straight from a sold out show in Dublin, entertained an audience, all sitting down on the floor, of around 75 people with songs from his latest album ‘Sleepwalker’ and stories of life in New York and on the road.
Giving the impression he felt right at home in Belfast, he struck a fantastic rapport with two little kids, both aged under 10, who unfortunately aren’t able to go to the gig tonight as it is aged 18 and over. They both went home with plectrums and a bunch of kind memories. His ability to involve these young fans was so good to watch.
He played a handful of songs including If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven and cover of Bruce Springsteen’s I’m On Fire which followed a tale of how Bruce Springsteen had contacted Brian personally to invite him to come and see his musical ‘Springsteen on Broadway’. How could he refuse.
Finishing with A Wonderful Life from the album ‘Painkillers’, a heartfelt plea to yourself to live a life that is not just surviving, he gave this small Belfast gathering a taster of what to expect from the main Belfast gig later in the day. He is indeed a wonderfully talented songwriter.