Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson at The Glad Cafe review Pat Byrne
Another great night at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow – 8 September, 2018
Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson treated a full house at The Glad Cafe to a brilliant night of music and fun. An excellent atmosphere was created by the relaxed format with Yvonne and David Lyon being invited onto the stage to join Eilidh after a couple of songs. There was a strong sense of how these musicians had gelled and their goodnatured banter added to the event.
The young singer/songwriter from Derry in Northern Ireland kicked off a set which included old favourites plus songs from her new album Sunshine. The upbeat ‘A Good Day’ immediately demonstrated her gift as a lyricist ‘get myself a little backbone, try not to compromise’ – a perfect song if you’re looking for some motivation.
I also enjoyed the poignant and emotional ‘Precious Cargo’ inspired by her father, who worked as a fisherman in Killybeggs, Co Donegal.
Eilidh has a sweet, tuneful voice and her description of the inspiration behind her songs makes them all the more enjoyable. Particularly memorable is ‘Still Learning’ based on the engraving on a copper plaque she admired when showing an American friend around a gallery in Dunfanaghy. Her friend delighted Eilidh with a surprise gift; the words on it were ‘I Am Still Learning – Michaelangelo’.
Another stand out song was ‘Do I Ever Cross Your Mind’ a nod to Willie Nelson; written after Eilidh saw him perform, at what sounded like an amazing gig, in Texas.
Yvonne Lyon is an accomplished performer whose voice is full of character. Joined by her husband David Lyon, they treated the audience to a mixture of newly released songs and some older songs, reworked for her latest, and eighth album: Metanioa.
Yvonne kicked off with the beautiful Scottish song Ghigha commissioned by Halibut Fish Farm. I’m sure they were delighted with the poignant melody accompanied by Yvonne’s excellent piano playing. It successfully paints an image of ‘where the sea meets the sky and the sky meets the sea.’
Another lovely song is My Love And Me from her album ‘These Small Rebellions‘ inspired by the beautiful light we often see in Scotland, it’s easy to relate to ‘catching the last of the low light.’ David’s accordion playing added the perfect touch.
‘Pockets Full Of Storms’ was another excellent song, which showed Yvonne’s superb vocals and songwriting talent. ‘There’s little consolation these days when it feels like drowning.’ Trying to take control is like ‘picking up cobwebs’ – dramatic and desolate.
Yvonne struck up a great rapport with the audience and the craic with Eilidh and David added to the enjoyment. She has the knack of making people feel part of the show and had no trouble getting everyone to join in the chorus of her ‘protest’ song ‘Tell It Like It Is’ – as Yvonne suggests ‘a good song to sing while watching Question Time’. ‘What lie do I believe, what truth do I ignore.’ You’ll love the fabulous video
No surprise when there were a few encores and the night ended on a high note when Yvonne, Eilidh and David were joined on stage by Graeme Duffin, who produced Metanoia along with Yvonne and Sandy Jones.
Pat Byrne, September, 2018
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