Last night in the beautiful Sound House venue on Eden Quay in Dublin, Pauric O’Meara demonstrated just how beneficial music can be for rising awareness of, and supporting, worthy causes that will help to improve the lives of people away from music. The talented Dublin musician played a show last night from which all proceeds would go to the fantastic Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, a charity who have done so much good work for people in Ireland with the condition.
When you watch Pauric O’Meara it is immediately clear that years of performing music for people have lead to him developing an accomplished and stage presence as he holds the attention of the audience and brings them on a journey through his songs. Assisted by his fantastic backing band, O’Meara performed a set that demonstrated his excellent musicianship and his ability to right touching and delicate tunes as well as uplifting and exciting belters that carried the audience along for the time that he was on stage. Tracks like Hot Air Balloon, and the new single Love Illusion (released today) were highlights of an excellent set list showing the versatility of the songwriting on show.
It’ll be interesting to watch as his song continues to develop and grow.
Credit must also be paid to the high calibre of musician that O’Meara managed to recruit to act as support on the night with beautiful sets being performed by Graham Mitchell, KK Lewis, ORLA, Padraig MacMahon, and Moylan. All of whom helped to set up a warm and enjoyable atmosphere for the night.
O’Meara first came to the attention of many music fans in Ireland when he was a contestant on The Voice of Ireland back in 2016 when he auditioned with a stripped back acoustic cover of Maniac 2000 by Mark McCabe, and it was fitting that he chose to end the night with a full band version.
It was nights like this that make the Dublin music scene such a special place, where artists come together to support a friend who wants to raise money for a cause that is of personal significance. A wonderful night for a wonderful cause.