Wednesday 13 December 2017


eamon sweeney

pavilion theatre, dublin

The popular trend for an artist performing their most celebrated album in full shows no sign of abating. Indeed, David Kitt is even taking the process a step further.

Last Christmas, he treated Vicar St to a festive rendition of his defining hour and calling card from back in 2001, The Big Romance. Rather than reprise the exercise in smaller regional venues, Kitt dusts off his low key home recorded 2000 debut eight track mini-album, Small Moments, for an eight-date tour.

Compared to the full band and bells and whistles of Vicar St, this is most certainly a very stripped back and much more minimal affair. There aren't even any stage hands or crew, as the boy affectionately known as Kittser and his little brother Robbie saunter onstage and launch into what's arguably one of the most overlooked Irish albums of recent times.

The Kitt brothers performing together is a very natural progression, as they've been collaborating on an electronica project called Spilly Walker for some years now and recently staged a low-key perform-ance in the Twisted Pepper.

Robbie sang the original backing vocals on 'Another Love Song', which was an early live favourite whenever the much younger 10-year-old Kitt threatened to steal the show. A dropped voice and a lot of vodka under the bridge later, and he's contributing to a grown up but equally as moving version.

Kitt wisely plays it loose rather than delivering a faithful or predictable versions of the original recordings, which were always fuzzy and slightly unfocused in the first place.

While highly enjoyable, it's slightly flawed in being far too ponderous in parts as guitars are tuned up and the momentum is slightly lost. However, performances such as a magnificent 'Headphones', which closes Small Moments, render such nit-picking as almost redundant.

There's also more than enough on offer to make this a highly memorable evening that doesn't exclusively wallow in nostalgia.

While lacking the panache and sense of occasion of The Big Romance outing, Kitt offers a welcome, gentle reminder that he's got much more in the tank than one of two iconic albums. Roll on a jaunt for The Nightsaver next year, not to mention perhaps another album or two from the prolific Dubliner and his sibling sidekick.

Irish Independent

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