Aldoc live at The Duncairn - Review by Evan Short

To the uninitiated, the major selling point of Alan Doherty is that he was a contributor to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, but if any of the 150 people who crammed into the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts on Friday night (June 12) to see the Dublin man perform with his new band Aldoc were hoping for soaring ethereal fantasy music they had another thing coming.

In fact, they had a lot of other things coming at them. From reggae to jazz through hip hop and funk, the audience was treated to a musical master class in a number of genres, and if that sounds like you were attending an aural lecture then I am doing Alan and his band a tremendous disservice.

Alan is known as an accomplished traditional flautist who moved from his home in Tallaght to Halle in east Germany to explore new ways to incorporate the instrument in different forms of music he had picked up an interest in over the years.

Surrounding himself with a diverse band (each of the seven members introduced hailed from a different European country and New Zealand) over the space of two years he recorded an album that the word eclectic doesn’t begin to do justice. But if he scoured the world for sounds making each song different, the starting point appears to have been that each one needed to be catchy and judging by the audience members who ended up dancing in the aisles of the seated venue it’s safe to say he was successful.

A natural showman, from the minute he kicked off his “£14.99 shoes from Primark” Alan was sparring with the audience and getting the more boisterous members to take part in impromptu sing along, even trying to marry off his backing band in between songs.

Every song on the set list built on the previous and the roof was almost blown off when Dingle folk singer Pauline Scanlon appeared out of the crowd to belt out a few numbers. Continuing the theme of not knowing what to expect next, the encore included a song about a worm farm sung by New Zealand based guitarist and long time Alan Doherty collaborator Gerry Paul. The oddness of 150 people roaring a “I got no legs, I got no arms, I’m spending all my days, working on the worm farm” passed everyone by because at that point, there wasn’t one person in the crowd who wasn’t and their feet dancing with a great big smile on their face.

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