Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Singer still at height of powers for sold-out gig

A few minutes after Tommy Fleming took to the stage with a tumultuous greeting from a capacity Ulster Hall audience on Friday night, he said that it was the best welcome he had received on his current tour.

He added that he had been coming to Belfast for 23 years and he was delighted that he could still pack in the audience.

Fleming chooses his material carefully and explains in detail why each song is so special to him. In a sense, he has also become more than an entertainer, but almost a home-spun philosopher.

He is no Becker, nor even a lookalike Enda Kenny (his joke), but very much a Tommy Fleming at the height of his powers, and backed by a superb band.

All the standards were there including Paul Simon's powerful Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Personally, I would have liked a little more of the purely Irish idom.

Whatever Fleming chooses to sing, however, he will always fill the Ulster Hall.

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