The candle-lit room casts light and shadows across the walls of Whelans in anticipation of the Irish singer Róisín O, writes Siobhán McGuire.

Her opening song ‘You Belong’ hypnotised the audience into a sway.  But you could sense the young singer’s nerves as she fidgeted with her long brown locks in the centre of stage.  Hairclips were fixed and adjusted at least ten times throughout the performance. 

She demanded the audience’s attention with ‘Nobody Else.’  The song drifts from an intimate enchantment and then roars into a powerful chorus and begins to create a “buzz” in the room.

After the third song ‘Drifting’ Róisín O relaxed.  Dancing to her own music, she was enjoying the stage.  The singer’s sound was quite memorable, with a tinge of Dolores O Riordan added to her own silky voice she didn’t sound terrible but there were a few incidents were the singer fell flat of a high note, not what you would expect for €12. 

The twenty-three year old singer redeemed herself with everyone’s favourite;‘Tea Song.” This delightful song had the audience making ‘T’ shapes in unison with Roisin.  Stunning harmonies attributed this song with a sense of intimacy.  Although the song is essentially, just about making a cup of tea, it is beautifully sung and invites the crowd to really enjoy the performance.

The next string of songs on the set list all sounded a little similar but by that stage Roisin O was enjoying herself and her thrilling performance unleashed a burst of energy throughout Whelans.  

The singer/songwriter thanked her band members, the band have played alongside Roisin at festivals in Ireland and the UK throughout the summer.

The finale gave way to an electrifying rendition of “Florence and the Machine’s” Dog Days are Over.  Ending the gig with a triumphant last song spurred cheers and applause from the highly satisfied audience.  The humble and homely performer hopped off the still buzzing stage into a frenzy of avid fans to whom she chatted away as if they were old school pals. 

The talented performer has supported the likes of the Coronas, Imelda May, Mary Black, Robert Cray and Brad Paisley and I would definitely recommend going to see a gig by Róisín O.  Although her music isn’t my cup of Tea, I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.