Paddy Myers has attended the Rogue Festival for the past 10 years, but never had the courage to step out on a stage to perform by himself. It’s great that he finally found the nerve to appear at The Voice Shop in a one-man show called “An Hour with an Irishman.”
Myers is an example of what makes the Rogue so special. He’s got a big voice that could fill large theater halls but it’s just as warm and inviting in the intimate settings that houses most of the Rogue shows.
His clear and crisp renditions of Irish ballads – some of them actually originating in Scotland, Australia and even one written by Johnny Cash – filled the small space like a warm musical blanket.
Adding to the enjoyment was how comfortably Myers talked to the audience. He took time to explain the origins of each tune – sometimes a mixed melodic journey – before launching into each number. The works ranged from the enthusiastic “The Irish Rover” to the surprisingly sweet “Dirty Old Town.”
Myers even had some fun with an a capella performance of the comedy tune “The Sick Note.”
The only bad thing is Myers waited this long to venture out on his own. He’s a likable performer whose voice delivers a sweet musical range.
Show info: 7 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 7 p.m. March 8, The Voice Shop. Rating: G. Details: http://roguefestival.com/events/page/29/?s=irishman&paged=1.