Captivating Irish Tunes on a School Night


Last Monday 13th, Folk at the Froize saw the welcome return of The Jeremiahs to our humble stage.
Having made such an impression on us all back in the late summer of 2022, we were extremely keen to have them back; so much so in fact that we switched from our usual Sunday night to be able to accommodate them during their tour.
We held our breathe a little throughout the day, as they made their way steadily down the country from Scotland where they had performed at The Beacon Arts Centre in Greenock the previous night, but like the true professionals they are, they arrived like old friends, relaxed and ready for soundcheck, with enough time to spare for a wee chat, a bite to eat and a freshen up before the gig.
The ‘school night’ did not deter our lovely audience, and, unsurprisingly, the evening was a complete sell out. The powerful line-up of Joe Gibney (Vocals), Niamh Varian Berry (Fiddle), James Ryan (Guitar) and Julien Bruneteau (Flute), soon captivated the room, not only with their musical prowess and repertoire of traditional and original Folk, but with their delightfully good humour and relaxed rapport with everyone.
The musicianship all round is flawless and the songs and tunes are all passionately performed, but the one single sound that remains with you longest is Joe’s voice; it has the ability to softly conjure up ghosts of generations of storytellers, painting vivid pictures of the past and compelling visions of the present, all the while sung with a comforting ease, like a melodious hand resting reassuringly on every listener’s shoulder.
2023 marks ten years since The Jeremiahs began their musical odyssey, and now that we have been become acquainted with their endearing stage presence, we do hope they will pay us another visit again very soon. In the mean time, we wish them all the very best, as they now head off to the US to continue their international tour.

Kelly Bayfield

Guest Blogger