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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Wolfe at L'Atitude 51

 L'ATITUDE Wine Bar on Union Quay has  one of Cork's best small music spaces. The  venue, formerly known as The Lobby is imortalised by John Spillane in his song 'Magic Nights in the Lobby Bar' . One of the musicians name checked in that song, Cork singer songwriter Ger Wolfe,  has  built up a discerning following for his  poetic reflective lyrics  set in beguiling folk infused melodies.  His midweek set at the upstairs venue opened with the title track of the forthcoming album New October Daughter and included numbers from his back catalogue of half a dozen albums.

These are not foot stompin' , hard hitting  ballads  and Wolfe's vocal style is pure and unadorned,   best suited  to the thoughtful  lyrics on themes of ordinary everyday life in songs like, The Lark of Mayfield , Fallen Branches  She Scattered Crumbs  and Washing the Yard ( not to be confused with the Brenadan Shine number even in this venue !). The elements  are  often  lively dance rhythms-a  jig, a bit of reggae and calypso creep in here and there, driven by the other strong musicians in the line up. Shane Scanlon's lead guitar and Martin Leahy on drums ( and bass guitar and  yes- occasionally both at the same time !) added to the palette of words and music. Both will feature on the new album.

The  trio of large  period windows overlooking the Lee and City Hall  combined with  subdued lighting made this a very attractive evening venue. The house menu and extensive wine list was available. There  are not to many gigs where you can be served a nice glass of Shiraz and a cheese plate to add to your enjoyment of the musical fare. A most satisfying evening with food for body and soul!

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1 comment:

  1. A visual element was added by the portraits by artist Cathy Twomey which adorned the walls of the venue