Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland
Brendan's review of the 2nd Warrenpoint gig
After opening yet again with Celtic Swing Van Morrison shifted very much into jazz mode with Centrepiece/Corinne Corrina ( featuring a really good instrumental intro and brilliant trumpet playing by Paul Moran) followed by Sack Of Woe, St.James Infirmary and Mondance.Little Village then got a rare airing and provided a welcome change of emphasis.As in the early show Van then performed his BB King tribute with Early In The Morning/Rock Me Baby to great acclaim. Think Twice Before You Go kept things lively and was followed by Jambalaya which Van introduced by saying they were going to play some rock and roll and emphasising that it wasn’t rock as rock doesn’t roll!. Things I Used To Do immediately followed and the concert was beginning to feel like an informal blues/ rock and roll session but normal business was somewhat restored with In The Midnight. Whenever God Shines His Light not only allowed Dana Masters to shine on shared vocals but also featured great guitar and bass solos from Dave Keary and Paul Moore respectively to such a degree that Van got a bit excited and started to clatter along on tambourine towards the end.Somewhat surprisingly Van once again performed an extended In The Afternoon and this time he conducted a Q and A session with what he considered a blues audience asking in turn who had heard of Big Joe Turner, TV Mama, Flip Flop and Fly etc.etc. This song was followed by Van’s stage departure only to return for Gloria.
This show was very much geared towards a blues/jazz audience and was pretty lacking in classic songs from Van’s extensive repertoire with around half of the songs performed being cover versions of other people’s work.The concert was again disappointingly very short at 1 hour 19 minutes.
Sack Of Woe
Early In The Morning/Rock Me Baby
Think Twice Before You Go
Things I Used To Do
In The Midnight
Whenever God Shines His Light
In The Afternoon