Last year, on 24 April 2018, Cork singer/songwriter Dan Elliott played a sell out show in the upstairs of esteemed Dublin music venue Whelan’s. It was one of the most enjoyable shows that I would attend last year and it felt as if we were watching the beginning of what was about to be a big career for the talented and charismatic songwriter.
Last Wednesday night (13 March 2019), Elliott repeated the trick to celebrate the release of his first ever official single release, Only Ever Been You, and it was yet another fantastic night for Elliott, and his family and friends.
For the hour that he was on stage, the Cork performer rifled through a setlist of original tracks and the odd cover that left the crowd in attendance enthralled from start to finish. It is clear to anyone who follows the music of Elliott that the quality of songwriting on show is of an incredibly high standard and again this was extremely obvious with songs like One Last Dance, Masterplan, and Trust Yourself (performed in the centre of the floor lit by phone torch light) demonstrating the standard of performer on show.
Dan Elliott has an undeniable gift of being able to bring a crowd along with him when he performs and again this was present through the whole show, with those in attendance always willing and able to assist with the vocals of the songs – as exemplified during Elliott’s signature tune, Maybe We.
As with last year when the support on the night came from the incredible talent of Graham Mitchell, Elliott again was very ably supported by the fantastic Dublin singer songwriter Aaron Rowe. Rowe is currently working on his debut EP and anyone wanting to get a hint of what is to come need only have seen the fantastic half hour set on the night. Raw and emotive vocals and vibrant guitar playing showcased all that is great about the young Dublin performer.
This will be the last time that you see Dan Elliott perform in a venue this size.