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Sultry sounds of the blues ring out as students put on acoustic gig

Students had the ‘Kind of Blues’ when they put on a mini acoustic gig performing much loved songs in the College theatre.

The concert, titled Kind of Blues, by the Upper Sixth Music Performance group, was enjoyed by staff and students who found the sultry, chilled sounds relaxing and enjoyable.

The gig started with student Shekhem Vige on guitar and vocals performing the Jimi Hendrix classic Hey Joe. Shekhem’s strong voice gave the song a great sound and he connected well with the audience.

Next was Paula Urbanaviciute who sang At Last by Etta James. Paula was accompanied by Christine Rizardo on piano and the pair gave a very polished performance with deep, stunning vocals that resonated around the theatre by Paula.

Sally-Ann Gray then sung the Amy Winehouse song You Know I’m No Good and was accompanied by Shekhem Vige on guitar and Niamh O’Sullivan on cajon. This performance was an excellent version of the popular song with Sally-Ann’s voice reminiscent of Amy Winehouse’s unique sound.

Nina Simone’s I’d Rather Go Blind was performed confidently by Rebecca Keneally and accompanied by Niamh O’Sullivan on bass. The sharp, crisp vocals were shown off to their best by the simplicity of the stripped back performance.

The gig finished with Niamh O’Sullivan and Leadbelly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night. Niamh sung the blues in her own strong style as she played guitar – a perfect way to round off the concert.

The next gig to be performed by the Upper Sixth group will be in November.