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Following a somewhat productive Tuesday for us here at Unsigned And Independent for two pipeline projects we decided to cap off the day by indulging in what we love most – checking out live music. Our evening’s travels took us on our merry way to our familiar haunt of Doyle’s to check out the best thing on the Irish music scene – The Ruby Sessions. Tonight was no different to any other night with the four artists playing this evening maintaining the high standard the night has become synonymous with. But it also underlined its reputation by the diversity of the artists present with The Fairplay Collective in New York represented by opening act THOSE SENSIBLE SHOES and closing act NICK NACE being a Canadian art residing in Nashville. The night got underway with New York duo THOSE SENSIBLE SHOES playing this evening as part of their week long run of shows in Ireland. As they began with ‘June’ there is a defined sense of composure felt from the strumming of the guitar. This is similarly felt from the pedigree of the shared vocals. It denoted the chemistry between the two and this helped the worth of the song emerge in the delivery. Not only was it a practical showing but it also stowed away a neater sense of appreciation that impressively pressed the passive side of the delivery. Their ability to add a proficient sense of assured definition as they play unfolded in the fairer qualities presented on ‘Stargazers’. The approach located the endearing qualities by virtue and the telling moment was captured in its entirety within the intimacy of the delivery. By adding a broader sense of definition to the tempo a remarkable sense of intent settles upon the delivery of ‘Means To An End’. Yet the interesting contrast found in the vocals invitingly figures everything out. The track itself is allowed breathe and it is afforded a fashionable wanderlust in the process that concentrates this admiration. With their last song ‘Seeds’ they certainly saved the best for last. The contention of the current US political climate gives it ambiguity, but take that away and you are still blown away by the splendour of the lyrics because of how well versed and structured it is. The stationary hold gives it a suitably rich calling that is met by the sharp contention of the aforementioned qualities. Playing his second of three Dublin shows was GORDON BARRY. Having worked with Steve Fisk on his album ‘The Best Way To Kill A Monster’ he was an artist that The Ruby Sessions have been trying to get on their bill for some time. He began with ‘Old Fashioned Morphine’ and it is built upon a taut sense of presence. The consequential context of the opening line makes you sit up and take notice, while the repetition adds to the emphasis. This brings a richer blues influence through and the lonely

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