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Ricky Warwick at The Elk, Belfast

Ricky Warwick at The Elk, Belfast

06/12/2016

Ricky Warwick played to a sold-out venue, this being The Elk Bar / Restaurant in the Dundonald area of Belfast. Tickets were snapped up by fans and locals many months before. Way before they were even printed! Most of the audience were in early having a pre-booked meal when “The Man” himself arrived for sound check. These fundraisers are a yearly event and are like a big family party.

Belfast born Ricky sang a mammoth 30 plus numbers over 2 and a quarter hours, kicking off with ’Johnny or Elvis ‘from his solo Love Many Trust Few 2005 album and closing with the Springsteen classic ‘Born to Run ‘.

Ricky looked remarkably fresh and ready to rock after a 4 week UK tour with The Fighting Hearts.

Throughout the show – which is a fundraiser for Glentorran Football Club and for a local kid’s medical treatment. It’s obvious how much this show means to Ricky and how much he means to the locals and fans.

Unlike the shows he fronts with The Black Star Riders, Ricky can give a short narration of how the songs he wrote came to be. Telling about the genius of some of the Belfast Icons – George Best, Alex Higgins, The Titanic and the slight flaw in them too.

Many of the newer solo material was co-written by a good friend of his, Belfast poet Sam Robinson.

A real treat and total surprise was Ricky playing the new single ‘When the Night Comes In’ from the new Black Star Riders album ‘Heavy Fire’ which is due for release early next year. Already many of the audience knew the song and willingly sang along. There were a few recordings of this world premier that are circulating on You Tube. Check it out. If the rest of the new album is like this, it will be one of the best releases in 2017.

Throughout the night, we heard selection of songs spanning his career to date. We heard Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy numbers, solo work and timeless Almighty tracks along with a great cover of Neil Young’s ‘Keep on Rocking in The Free World’ and Ace of Spades with the young & talented Jordi Robinson on bass.

The sound throughout the night’s performance was clear and the crowd sang, clapped and stamped their feet along to the music some even shed a tear.

Ricky Warwick sang his heart out with pride and emotion on his home turf.

A truly wonderful experience to be there.

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