Gilbert O’ Sullivan At City Winery July 9, 2019

Posted: July 10, 2019 in NYC Live Music
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Gilbert played to a sold-out show at City Winery. This was his first show in New York since 1973. His fans were so excited with anticipation.

He was accompanied by guitarist Bill Shanley, who also plays with Ray Davies (of The Kinks). Bill did an amazing job of not only playing great guitar riffs, but also singing along with Gilbert, which added more melodic overtones to the performance.

Gilbert O’ Sullivan and Bill Shanley

Gilbert was born Raymond Edward O’ Sullivan on Cork Road, Waterford, Ireland, and rose to fame in London in the late 1960’s and had successful hit records in the United States in the early 1970’s.

Although he started playing left-handed guitar, he changed to playing piano. He explained that there weren’t many left handed guitar players out there.

They took to the stage at 8 pm sharp and started his set  with a song called “January Gift,” followed by a mix of new songs, old songs and hit songs. Other songs included his first hit, “Nothing Rhymed,” and his recent songs “Dansette Dreams And 45’s,” a nostalgic song about the time when people played records on their little record players. Gilbert then got the crowd singing along to a song titled “Where Peaceful Waters Flow.”

The fans got very excited when he played “Clair,” his big hit from 1972.

He took a short break and returned with “At The Very Thought Of You.” His long list of songs flowed well. Gilbert played one of his cult favorites, “Out Of The Question,” which went down well like fine wine.

Other hits followed, including his comeback hit from the 1980’s, “What’s In The Kiss,” which had everyone singing.

Gilbert O’Sullivan

He ended his show with his biggest hit, “Alone Again (Naturally),” and got a standing ovation.

Gilbert came back for a double encore. First up was “Matrimony,” and then he ended the show with his 1973 smash hit “Get Down.” Everyone did just that.

It was an incredible show, and Mr. O’Sullivan set up a table to sell programs, records and t-shirts, and signed everyone’s memorabilia. Gilbert’s two wonderful daughters, Helen Marie and Tara, were also on hand as his managers.

Gilbert was so happy with the turnout that he told me he will be back soon. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait another 46 years!

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