James Vincent McMorrow

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James Vincent McMorrow

Strummed-out soul-folk singer McMorrow jets over from Ireland to launch his new hip hop-influenced album ‘Post Tropical’.

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Violet M
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Had the great pleasure of seeing James Vincent McMorrow at a small showing at Rough Trade East, last Friday. I’ve not been a huge follower of McMorrow, but have known well his bigger hits – Higher Love, If I Had a Boat, Sparrow & the Wolf. But when I saw that he was doing a show at Rough Trade East plus album signing for simply pre-buying his new album Get Low (which was basically a tenner, a tenner!), I immediately bought one. The album itself is fantastic, emotionally stirring but to see McMorrow perform was an incredible treat.

He has to be one of the most hauntingly amazing live performers I’ve ever had the luck to see. His sound, which is quite melancholic at times, was beautiful. The emotion of the songs cracked in his voice, as though every word was heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time. McMorrow easily connected with the crowd, which was clearly full of fans, joking about and making light of when a guitar was out-of-tune.

He also seemed truly earnest, and genuine about his sound, his fans and his music. There didn’t seem to be a cocky-arrogant-musician bone in his body. Sure, it may be a façade, but it felt true enough.  

If you have the chance to see him – in any venue, but especially a small venue – go. Absolutely go.

Sarah

Very good, I would not have know James Vincent was playing if this was not here. The only problem is I couldn't find where to buy the tickets for £9.50 only saw it for £12.99 with C.D.