Kurt Vile left the Violators in the US for a solo European sojourn this month, arriving at the Pavilion in Cork on Wednesday, April 9, with just an acoustic guitar (well, two of them) in tow. Playing for well over an hour, Vile didn’t draw too heavily on last year’s engrossing Wakin’ On A Sunny Daze album, preferring instead to look further back, mainly to Smoke Ring For My Halo – though no ‘Baby’s Arms’!?! WHAT!?! It was a grand performance though I did find my mind wandering more than once back to Manchester United’s loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League earlier that evening. Vile cuts an enigmatic figure, with his face barely visible through that sea of long, luscious (the word ‘vivacious’ was used by a friend) hair, and barely says a word to the crowd all night; a “y’ello” at the start, a “great to be here” in the middle,” a “I’ve got a few more for ya then I’m gonna get the fuck out of here!” at the start of the encore, and a “fuck it” when he messes up the first song of said encore. The G-Man has the setlist of the show here. Pall Jenkins of the Black Heart Procession was on support duty, towering over a plethora of pedals and showing off his party trick – using a string bow on a bendy saw. Note of caution: probably shouldn’t be attempted by people with too much drink in them. All pictures by BrĂ­d O’Donovan.

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