Soul influenced four-piece the Niall McCabe band performed in Whelan’s on Monday night in support of their new album Part of the Light.
From the outset the cohesive nature of the Niall McCabe band is clearly established in the stylish interplay translated between each member of the group. Interwoven melodies and grooving percussion underlined the performance as the soul and blues driven music reverberated out into the intimate setting of Whelan’s upstairs venue.
Rendition of album tracks ‘Big Heart’ and ‘Part of Light’ highlighted the band’s ability to translate the intricate melodies and rhythms of their music found on the studio recordings in the live realm. Capturing the large-scale production of Part of the Light, the Niall McCabe Band effortlessly melded their blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll leanings while never leaving the performance seem disjointed.
Powerful performances of John Legends’ ‘Ordinary People’ and an extended version of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’, which took in a verse of the soul legend’s ‘Wonderful World’ for good measure, brought the group’s deep-seated influences more clearly into focus and blended well with the palpable musicality of the night.
A showcase in musicianship and well crafted performances, the Niall McCabe band’s set in Whelan’s perfectly matched the tone and feel of the group’s current album while several brief moments of more aggressive blue-rock gave a promising glimpse at how the band may move forward in the future.