Ronnie Scott's jazz club
added: 18 Sep 2013
// gig date: 18 Sep 2013
reviewer: Emilie Devillet
McMahon is an Irish singer/songwriter that has been to hell and back. Filled with optimism, he managed to recover from a terrible car crash and is now releasing his first album "Half Blind". Here is a review of his very intimate and cosy showcase. McMahon chose a very jazzy and trendy bar in central London for his album launch party.
The Ronnie Scott's jazz club was a bit like a DeLorean and made the guests travel back to a time where music, food and wine filled the soul. A time where music was not computer-generated and where auto-tune was not born. This atmosphere was a statement, right from the start: McMahon is making real music, with real instruments and real stories, inspired by his own ups and downs.
The gig was introduced by a reading of a very touching text written by Tena Patterson: Everything Happens for a Reason. It sums up McMahon's life as he sees all the hard times he has been through as something that gave him the strength to get where he is standing now. And he is standing quite high: he is on the verge of becoming the new rock/jazz sensation!
McMahon started his concert with "Deep Down" and ravished the audience with only a few notes. The song definitely has a jazzy feeling, with its retro drums and trumpets. "Your Last Song" was written with the help of his best friend. It is a catchy tune, with a great melody that lingers in your ears. "Confessions" was born in Australia, where he was travelling. It is a very relatable song as it is about a son talking to his dad and telling him all these things he has been willing to tell him for some time. There is some incredible guitars and drums on this track.
Tonight's highlight was the last song of the showcase: "Fire". It has such a rock feeling, still with a jazzy touch. It got the audience dancing and, should we say?, set the room on fire…
At the end of his set, McMahon was moved and could not stop saying "thank you". It is so enjoyable to see such a talented yet humble artist. There is an authenticity to his music that makes it special. Also, more than just enjoying the music, McMahon delivers a great message through his lyrics: you got to live life to its fullest.
McMahon's debut album "Half Blind" will be released on the 22nd of September. If you like good, authentic, jazzy music that has a light and a soul, McMahon will definitely hit you in the right spot!
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