Orla Fallon came to national prominence here in America as a founding member, singer and harpist with the packaged touring group, Celtic Woman. Her strong vocals and stunning harp playing soon elevated her above the rest, so she struck out on her own and released the DVD “Celtic Christmas: Live In Concert,” which aired last year as a public television holiday special, garnering critical acclaim and a whole new set of fans.
Now touring in support of her newest CD/DVD release, “My Land,” Fallon is poised to be the next Mary Black of traditional Irish music. And if her splendid appearance last Saturday night at The Egg wasn’t proof enough, then her upcoming PBS special, “My Land: A Concert Homecoming,” is likely to dispel any doubts.
Opening for Fallon, the Nashville-based Tin Cup Gypsies started the ball rolling with a mini-set of four acoustic roots-country tunes culled from their debut album, “Calico.”
Without missing a beat, keyboardist Dan Shea and violinist Anberly Rosen joined the Tin Cup Gypsies to welcome the lovely Orla Fallon to the stage. Within moments, Fallon’s breathtaking voice soared majestically in and out of the ensemble’s repertoire of ballads, reels and melodic pop songs, as she transported the audience spiritually to the Emerald Isle during two divine sets.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk
ORLA FALLON SET LIST
Morning Has Broken
Oh Brother Medley
Both Sides Now
Dancing In The Moonlight
Red Is The Rose
Ni Na La
Isle Of Inisfree
Tell Me Ma/Reel