Tuesday 23 October 2007

Ray Lamontagne and other things

I went to see Ray Lamontagne in the Olympia last night, thanks to Betty who had a spare ticket. We were up in the Gods, and it brought back fond memories of Midnight At The Olympia (and a monumental Melissa Etheridge gig circa 1995!!!!)
He gave a fairly solid performance, including a spine tingling rendition of Trouble, and some Country style reworkings of material from Til The Sun Turns Black, though I prefer the more jazzy sound on the Album. He complained of one deaf ear throwing him off (something to do with his body temperature rising and shutting it down apparently) but he seemed in tune to me. What really threw me was his speaking voice - he said very little- which was really shy and frail. I had expected something a little more Mountain Man.

I took these shots with my Sony k800i which has miraculously survived the last 10 months in my possession. It is officially the sh*ttiest mobile phone I have ever owned, that position being previously held by a Blue Nokia 6100 which met its end by being hurled the length of Collie Murphys camera truck and smithereening on the dark-room door in 2002. The K800's days are numbered.....

We ate in The Market Bar beforehand, it's ages since I've been there and it was really good.

In other news I got a mystery email from Ticketmaster thanking me for purchasing tickets to Ian Brown in The Big Top in the Phoenix Park. Not me, no siree, and no thank you. I've checked my Visa and there's no money debited by Ticketmaster so I reckon it's a mistake but I'll be keeping a close eye on things.....

4 comments:

Le Catch said...

I got that as well...then a follow on mail saying it was sent out by 'accident'! Sure sure...wouldn't have anything to do with low ticket sales?

Sarah said...

Hah!! I didn't think of that, a gentle nudge to EVERYBODY on the Ticketmaster mailing list! I got the follow up email too AND Visa got back to me explaining that there had been an email error and not to worry. Their customer services must have been inundated.
Surely it would be easier to move the gig to The Village?

Le Catch said...

Maybe.....but this is a lot more subtle!

OneForTheRoad said...

I saw Ray in the Stadium last February - one of the best gigs Ive ever been to.

But the speaking voice really freaked me out - i felt like I was intruding on his privacy by even being there.

By the end of the night though he was having a laugh and joke with the audience.

Raging I missed this one. But e now has bad memories attached to him, so i;m kind of glad too...