IRISH singer/songwriter Ciaran Lavery was described by Q Magazine as having a ‘natural swing and soul that rounds out his already sizeable appeal’.
Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, meanwhile, observed that his latest album, Live at the Mac, had “the sound of a songwriter who’s very, very in touch with his own ability and comfortable in his own skin.”
Set for release tomorrow, Live At The Mac was recorded at Lavery’s landmark show in Belfast last December.
Playing with a string three piece, he performed a set featuring a host of his best known songs, as well as a number of covers including Love Will Tear Us Apart, Streets Of Philadelphia and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.
Lavery tours the Debating Hall, Teviot Row House, on Tuesday, to promote the album, accompanied by a string section.
The new record comes off the back of an impressive year for the singer, of which his appearance at the SXSW festival was a highlight -his Spotify House performance was the talk of the town.
He also supported American singer/songwriter William Fitzsimmons across Europe around the release of previous LP Let Bad In, which received much critical acclaim.
Sonically, Live At The Mac finds Lavery on top form. The rich tones of his vocals match perfectly with the gentle, affecting string section.
Standout tracks include Tell Them All, a heartfelt lullaby of a song, and his cover of Springsteen’s Streets Of Philadelphia.
Both are equally beautiful, with Lavery perfectly capturing the emotional sensitivity of Springsteen’s original.
In 2014, Lavery’sKosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album achieved global acclaim and recognition when the tracks Shame and Left For America racked up more than 29 Million listens on Spotify, on which he now has upwards of 50 million plays.
Live At The Mac is the next step in his already impressive career and serves as a perfect addition to his acclaimed back catalogue.
Cairan Lavery, Debating Hall, Teviot Row House, Bristo Place, Tuesday, 7pm, £10, www.ticketmaster.co.uk