The lovely Julie Feeney arrived in DC on monday night. She came in on a train from NYC where she had been staying with friends the week prior to her arrival. Her first 15 minutes in the District were somewhat of a mission to stay alive. Ok, that might be a bit of an exaggeration but between a cab driver zooming off with the cab door still open, and the elevator doors opening up behind us into the laundry room, Julie was convinced she wasn’t going to make it to her hotel room without something else crazy happening. But we got her settled safe and sound, and ready for her first performance at the Gibson Guitar Showroom.
I arrived at The Gibson Guitar Showroom Tuesday evening about a quarter to 6, Julie was already there along with 2 NYC musicians Jessica and Dave, who provided vocal and piano backing. I took a seat and just listened as the three of them ran through the set list, the rawness of the sound without the mics was amazing. Pairing Julie’s vocals with the subdued soprano of Jessica, creates an almost haunting quality to the songs.
Award-winning composer, singer, orchestrator and producer of critically acclaimed albums, pages and 13 songs. Her unique innovative sound while rooted in classical music straddles the pop and theatrical worlds. She received a 10-minute standing ovation from a capacity audience at Ireland’s premier National Concert Hall recently for her own show. She has just self-orchestrated her music for the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for live national broadcast and is currently touring in U.K., U.S. and France.
Julie played a little over an hour long set, and the audience loved every minute of it. She graciously signed copies of her two albums as the line wrapped around the room. If you missed her performance last, don’t worry she’s got 3 more this week. Tonight she will be performing at The Pinkline Project’s Salon Contra (this show is sold out). On Thursday she will perform at Goldleaf Studios and Friday she will be holding a pop-up concert (the location to be announced). Follow us on Twitter to learn the location.
Impossibly Beautiful, a beautifully orchestrated piece