ROOKIE REVIEW: Nathan Carter and band

Rookie Reviewer Zoe Lumsden takes a walk on the wild side, with Nathan Carter

On the same day as performing in Trafalgar Square for the London St Patrick’s Day Parade, Irish folk singer Nathan Carter and his band caught a train to Birmingham to perform to a sold out Town Hall.

A view from the stalls – Nathan Carter and his band at Town Hall, Birmingham 13.03.16. Photo by Zoe Lumsden

In this fourth performance of their UK tour Nathan and his band welcomed the audience with lyrical and mellow folk melodies. Shimmering instrumental colours featuring delicate fiddle and harmonica solos echoed in the ornate setting of Town Hall, making the audience feel at home in this intimate venue.

Nathan guided the audience through songs new and old, original and covers exploring his roots in Liverpool and his pride in Ireland. His set featured traditional Irish folk songs and much material from his latest album release Where I Wanna Be. Nathan also included a cover of Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance with Me, reflecting his youthful vitality and spirit, before concluding the evening with his popular song Wagon Wheel.

With an abundance of energy Nathan and his band created an engaging performance with spontaneity and panache, actively involving the audience and interacting with one another on stage.

A special mention must go to Nathan’s support The Haley Sisters who opened the evening with whimsical folk melodies and their welcoming style, finely setting the stage for Nathan’s performance.

On their second visit to Town Hall, Nathan and his band charmed Birmingham audiences with their eclectic song choices, engaging stage presence and infectious energy, sharing their passion and joy for Irish folk.

Zoe Lumsden (@LumsdenZoe)

Bassoonist and student of Music & Modern Languages (French & German) at the University of Birmingham. Enjoys playing and performing orchestral and chamber music, attending concerts and gigs, meeting new people and exploring new places. Eager to share creativity and a passion for the arts.