REVIEW: Nick Hennessey – a night of songs and storytelling

By Robert Haile

Talking to you: Nick’s performance enigmatic, passionate and dynamic - a fantastic night for anyone of all ages to see     -picture by Robert Haile

Talking to you: Nick’s performance enigmatic, passionate and dynamic – a fantastic night for anyone of all ages to see -picture by Robert Haile

IT was an evening of music and story telling of tales of old and new as Nick Hennessey returned to the Egremont stage.

Nick Hennessey returned to Florence Arts Centre on Friday July 22 turning the song and the spoken word into a unique and engaging performance for all that attended.

The night was split into two and each was as mesmerising as the other, with Hennessey weaving stories and music together masterfully to keep the audience on the edge of their seats.

The masterful storytelling was supported by Hennessey’s musical talent on the harp, singing bowl and bodhràn, a circular hand held drum.

This was shown during the captivating musical story of a farmer and a tinkerman’s daughter, where Hennessey’s use of the harp worked well to show a progression in time.

A returning tale was that of Jack and the hare; the short story was a brilliant metaphor for day dreaming and relying on things before they had happened.

While the new tale of two brothers brought a warning that with age, wisdom does not always follow.

Hennessey told tales that were memorable and recallable – ones that you could bring to life yourself – perhaps not with the same master and gusto as Hennessey, but, his performance is one that will stay with you.

He is clearly a dynamic and passionate performer who has a love for the traditional culture of northern Europe.
A fantastic night that is worth seeing even if you’re not sure about it.