Luke Carey @ The Dublin Castle
Luke Carey headlined Camden’s The Dublin Castle last night- his biggest gig yet! From old songs to new songs to cover songs Luke had the whole crowd raving throughout. Luke performed on stage with his classic guitar, voice, and loop pedal, performing new songs such as 'Big Fish' as well as ones off of his iTunes top 10 debut EP 'Sketches' such as ‘You’ - an upbeat song with a grooving guitar riff, and 'Night Goes On'- a softer “cheesy love song” as Luke described it. Luke also brought the hip hop into the room, with a particular Eminem influence, mashing up 'You' with 'Lose Yourself', and also a crazy version of 'The Real Slim Shady,' which included a ridiculously and impressively fast rap.
I’ve attended many of Luke’s gigs over the past few months, and I can honestly say that he has stayed just as impressive, musically growing with all his new songs and creative covers, and improved ranks each time, with one of the most consistently pleasant stage presences (tongue twister), and even bringing some of the audience up on stage at the end to sing with him.
Luke's supportiveness of others showed with his showcasing of friends' talent at the gig too. Mike Wyatt opened the show with a Hozier-esque deep vocals and reverb style electric guitar. Lewis Bootle then did a very lively set with his incredibly British music, creating an upbeat guitar tunes, performing songs he has done with BBC Introducing recently, along with a rather surprising rendition of Afroman’s always entertaining Colt 45.
Lester Clayton also joined Luke’s amazing line-up, bringing a slight country edge to the set, with band members Wolf Hogan and his violin, Mehmet Raif playing the bass, and percussionist ‘Big Daddy’ Steve with cajon and tambourine, on stage with Lester and his guitar. What was great about Lester Clayton was that each band member brought something musically important to the set. Lester took lead vocals and guitar, and from the band’s backing vocals to the violin solos the set was just plain cool- ‘Beg, Steal, Borrow’ being my favourite of the band.
This very guitar-themed evening of music and a jam-packed venue with a raving crowd was brought together by Luke Carey himself, and his music is still as awesome as ever, his loops insanely catchy and his voice as pure as it’s always been when I first heard him five months ago- congratulations on the night Luke! You can check out Luke's performances at the Concentus Music Live Launch here, and a review of his debut EP 'Sketches' here.