A "Swell" Night @Bluesfest
Well, almost perfect. Unfortunately, there was a lot of interference from the Rush concert on the main stage. Even so, The Swell Season took it in stride and playfully showed Rush the difference between music and noise. Hansard was particularly good at engaging the audience in joining in to overcome the bombastic intrusions. If anything, having the crowd sing along made the concert all the more enjoyable.
The band mostly played tracks from their latest album Strict Joy (it’s amazing – buy it here). There were a few songs from the Once soundtrack peppered into the set as well. The band actually teased the audience that it was too loud for them to play Falling Slowly, but after much pleading, the sing-a-long ended up being on of the show’s highlights. The best songs of the night were the energetic renditions of Feeling the Pull and High Horses, which was the band’s encore.