IT was a night of country craic at Live At The Marquee on Saturday night as Nathan Carter took to the stage in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,000 people.
This was the fourth time the Liverpool star set the Marquee stage alight and the crowd, littered with Stetsons and check shirts, were delighted to see him back again.
Of course, before the main act took to the stage, the crowd were treated to two warm up acts. The first was Nathan’s younger brother Jake who played a mix of original songs fleshed out with covers such as Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry’.
Next on stage was Ruaile Buaile, a trad folk band who played a lively set of fast moving tracks, including an instrumental version of Mark McCabe’s ‘Maniac’ and an artisan interpretation of ‘Shout’ by The Isley Brothers.
The excited crowd, that consisted of all ages, were rearing to go by the time the man of the hours took to the stage and Mr Carter did not disappoint.
His set had something for everyone including ‘Caledonia’, ‘Beeswing’ and a medley of Gareth Brooks tracks along with a number of his own original songs including hits from his latest album ‘Livin’ The Dream’, which were played for a live audience for the first time.
The night was not without a few old Carter favourites such as ‘Temple Bar’ and ‘Good Morning Beautiful’ which had the crowd in a frenzy.
Nathan also took the time to dedicate a cover of ‘Something inside so strong’ to his parents, Ian and Noreen, who were at the gig to see their son perform.
One of the highlights of the night was when Nathan moved to the middle of the room to play a few piano tracks to the crowd, telling everyone he spent years sitting in the cheap seats and he wanted to make sure everyone got to see the performance.
A song that went down well was Carter’s rendition of ‘On the banks of my own lovely Lee,’ that had the crowd enthusiastically singing back the lyrics.
A roused audience of Cork supporters were then delighted when Nathan wished the rebels good luck in Sunday’s Munster final.
Another big moment was when Nathan played a track from his new album called ‘Jealous of the angels’ which he dedicated to all those who lost their lives in the Manchester tragedy.
Finishing up, Nathan played a spirited rendition of ‘The Irish Rover,’ followed up with an encore of his breakthrough track ‘Wagon Wheel’ and a cover of Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut up and dance.’