Before ultimately growing up in Belfast, Northern Ireland, singer-songwriter Foy Vance spent five years in the American Bible Belt with his dad, a traveling minister. And so he’s as equally influenced by Otis Redding and Nina Simone as he is the Belfast Cowboy, Van Morrison—Vance’s music a winning mash-up of blues, soul, jazz, rock and British folk. After fronting several bands, Vance (above, performing “She Burns”) finally put out his debut solo full-length, Hope (stream it below), which AllMusic notes is “as optimistic and mood-lifting as its title suggests,” in 2007. He’s since remained busy and in demand, releasing a slew of EPs and touring with the likes of Ed Sheeran. His third long-player, The Wild Swan (stream it below), out last year, was produced by Elton John and Sheeran and earned the musician comparisons to Bruce Springsteen. “The Wild Swan finds Vance offering up another master class in contemporary, Emerald Isle–infused roots rock,” says AllMusic. And like Springsteen’s catalog, Foy Vance’s music is best experienced live. Sunday’s show is already sold out, but you can catch him live on Monday at Roulette.
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While much of the music world heads to Austin, Texas, next week for SXSW, here in New York City, we’ve got our own festival happening this week. The Craic Festival, which shines a spotlight on Celtic film and music, starts on Thursday, and Mercury Lounge hosts Maud in Cahoots, Colin Devlin (above, playing “The Heart Won’t Be Denied”), the Mighty Stef and the Coronas on Friday and LaFaro, Brendan O’Shea, Colin Smith (Mr. North) and Foy Vance on Saturday. Sure, St. Patrick’s Day is next week, but why wait until then to pretend your Irish?
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