Villagers live at Mercury Lounge

Posted by The G on November 4, 2010 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.

Conor O'Brien of Villagers

On November 3, 2010, Irish folk-rock band Villagers played at the Mercury Lounge in New York.  Though they were on the short list of nominees for the Mercury Prize in the UK, this was my first exposure to their music.  Lead singer Conor O’Brien has a very strong voice and he proved it by singing with the band, performing acoustically as well as singing a capella.  Most songs were pretty mellow, but the band showed they know how to rock.  You could say their sound is a bit of Leonard Cohen meets U2, so if that’s your thing, you’ll love this band.  Conor O’Brien mentioned that this was the first time Villagers have played together as a band in New York so the night was extra special.  As each song got thunderous applause from the crowd, Conor asked “is everyone here from Ireland?” He also stopped in the middle of a song to explain his double entendre of the word “queue” / “cue” and explained that “queue” is ‘standing in line’ as Americans don’t use that expression too often.  A video from this performance will be coming soon, so stay tuned!


I met lead singer Conor O’Brien after the show and though he was extremely nice, when I asked for a photo, he put his head down.  I attempted to explain that we should probably do a retake, but he gave me the “don’t press your luck” look, so I left it alone.  See a picture of that as well as the set list after a word from your local sponsor (or just click “read more of this article.”)

Villagers set list on November 3, 2010 at Mercury Lounge in New York.

Conor O'Brien and G

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