On Tuesday night country music came back to London and fans were wowed by 20-year-old Irish singer Catherine McGrath, opening for Dan+Shay.
Starting her set with Just In Case it was clear from the many glowing, singing, faces in the audience that Catherine McGrath had as big a following as the headliners.
Her Irish twang took centre stage on second song of the night, the catchy Hell Would Have To Freeze Over. This song taken from her 2016 EP, One, is lead by an acoustic guitar and Catherine’s strong vocals which are reminiscent of early days Taylor Swift.
By song four Camden’s KOKO was filled with cheers from the audience, many of whom Catherine recognised from other shows. One group of avid fans in the crowd knew every single word to Starting From Now.
Clearly sweetly amazed at the energy in the crowd Catherine explained how she started loving country music at 12 and “didn’t know if anyone actually listens to country music, but here you all are!” There is definitely no doubt about that now.
Song Cinderella, which was written in Nashville, again returned to a more acoustic sound with Taylor Swift, Love Story, vibes – albeit a more modern day version of the love story which many of the audience seemed to agree with.
The familiar intro to Thought It Was Gonna Be Me sucks you straight into the story and really showcases McGrath’s talent at weaving relatable stories into her music, a true born storyteller.
With a headline show in march – which is now sold out and an album being released early next year – Catherine McGrath is definitely one to watch for 2018.
Review by Bryony Jewell