LIVE: Anthony da Costa’s Love Songs Had Cock ‘n Bull Swooning, 2/12/20

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Anthony da Costa was at The Cock ‘n Bull Restaurant in Galway, New York, on Wednesday, February 12th. Singing a parade of love songs, some covers, some originals, he held the attention of the audience with his molasses sweet voice and charming stories layered over humble and yet technically intriguing guitar playing.

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da Costa is no stranger to Galway. He’s been at The Cock ‘n Bull for three previous performances, and his comfort level with the venue shone through as he confidently held the stage in his solo performance. His voice seems mismatched to his body size; deep, broad, and filling the room, da Costa’s voice was almost shocking when he first sang out his lyrics “What’s the weather like in your head?” in a smoother than expected timbre.

While he sang a few of his originals, da Costa also took no shame in covering Bob Dylan, Dan Bern, The Mountain Goats, and Richard Thompson. Chatting between songs, and even a few times mid songs, he was able to sustain the focus of the small crowd who gathered on the cold February night.

His piece “Original Man” recounted his earlier experiences with love in New York City. When he recalled that he “kept you warm with my hands,” there was a brutal honesty about early love that is so basic and vulnerable all at once.

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While covering George Jones’s song “Day After Forever,” da Costa revealed the intense sadness of love, noting that at one point, every couple has a partner left alone. He smiled as he announced he would love this as his wedding song, a dark but deep realization that no matter how loved we are, we all end up alone eventually.

da Costa made the crowd laugh, even with the darkness of some of the love songs, by recounting mistakes made (“all that money wasted on that Honda CRV and supplements”) and relating to Jennifer Lopez (as they both are from the Bronx). He also gave the venue’s employee of the month, Tugg, a shout out, noting that he is the “actual owner” of the venue. With the fire crackling in the background, the intimacy of the barn enveloped patrons.

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The most beautiful moment of the night musically was in da Costa’s rendition of Richard Thompson’s “Beeswing,” a tender song layered over some beautifully controlled guitar playing on his turquoise electric guitar.

While the crowd was small, they were fiercely focused and swooned, swaying along with the beauty of the music and the laughter in their throats. Just like being in love, da Costa’s performance offered beauty, laughter, but also a bit of sadness in this perfect listening room of a dairy barn.

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