So, I am completely obsessed with the new album, Long Day, by Co Westmeath singer-songwriter Chris Loughrey. My husband and I, who are both huge fans of local music, jumped at the chance to attend the launch of the album, which was produced by Mallusk-based recording studio Emerald Records, last Friday night at The Hudson, located on Royal Avenue in Belfast. It had been a horrendous day but the idea of a mini concert in the bar’s courtyard seemed to be enough to even coax the sunshine out to play.
As Chris came roaring into the courtyard on the back of a motorcycle with a guitar strapped across his back, the crowd, which included a mixture of visitors to the bar and press, immediately hushed. When Chris strutted on stage, with a captivating stage presence might I add, it was pretty evident this guy was cut from rock ‘n’ roll cloth. During the set Chris, whose biggest inspiration is none other than Bruce Springsteen, played a selection of songs from his new album, including title track ‘Long Day’ and the gorgeous ‘She’s So Cool’. He also threw a handful of covers in the mix, from ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ and ‘Purple Rain’ to ‘Rocking all Over the World‘.
With a an exquisite voice that contains more gravel in it than a sand pit, mixed with a repertoire of songs that are so contagious you instantly find yourself singing along, as well as busting a move as evidenced by the couple in front of us, it seems pretty clear Chris is a rising star in the music scene. The album itself is a cracking new release with hints of country and rock; it will inspire, break your heart and have your foot tapping all in one listen. Trust me, Chris Loughrey is a name you will want to listen out for.
For more information about Chris Loughrey and his new album Long Day visit: http://www.chrisloughrey.com