First concert of the year 2014, and a great evening with Foy Vance – good discovery – and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – first time I was seeing them live.
The place: the legendary Olympia in Paris, where Edith Piaf and The Beatles, among others, once captivated their audience.
Foy Vance came on stage, alone, with his guitar and harmonica; too bad that the audience did not really pay attention to this artist, and with no instruments around, you really can hear the people chatting around you…
I was instantly captivated by his music, and by his voice. Some might say it reminds of Van Morrison, others would say Bruce Springsteen, myself I could hear a little bit of Ray Lamontagne sometimes; Tom Waits is one of his influences; he worked with Ed Sheeran… But he is Foy Vance, and unknown to me before he had opened for Edward Sharpe, I really enjoyed listening to his few songs he played on stage.
I bought his album Joy of Nothing at the end of the show, and discovering that this musician from Northern Ireland made a first album back in 2007, I will try to get this one as well. And for sure, I’ll go see him when he will tour alone.
EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS
And then the band came, led by Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos, followed by one, two, three… nine musicians! Full band on stage!
I actually discovered this band a few years ago, through a cover of Home made by a father and his daughter, famous on Youtube.
I then made some research and listened to their 3 albums, which I really liked (and still do).
So, it was more than natural that I bought tickets for their show in Paris.
Well, they are amazing to watch, it looks like a guru followed by his group, coming here to spread the message so deeply rooted in the Hippie movement back in the 60s and 70s.
And you can read on internet that “Ebert began to write a book about a messianic figure named Edward Sharpe that was ‘sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind, but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love’“.
They started the show with “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” by Nina Simone to put everyone in the mood before one hour and a half of their own tunes from all three albums, letting the audience participating with them. Alex Ebert even left the mic to a few “lucky” ones at the front of the stage.
The singer was on form, telling stories and constantly walking through the stage.
Jade Castrinos is a cute woman, with a great voice, spreading happiness through her smile (see, it’s working!)
And the rest of the band seemed as happy as the other two to be here sharing their music.
They finally finished the show on a high, with the hit Home, sung by everyone in the room, before a tiny encore.
“We laugh until we think we’ll die,
Barefoot on a summer night
Never could be sweeter than with you.
And in the streets we’re runnin’ free,
Like it’s only you and me
Geez you’re somethin’ to see.
Home, let me come Home,
Home is whenever I’m with you.”