I can't guarantee "Danny Boy", "The Parting Glass" or "The Irish Rover", but tonight's intimate show in Media will surely gain its share of converts to Ben Kyle's contemplative balladry. Ben Kyle is an ex-Pat Irishman who now calls
home, although his Minneapolis roots shine
through his tightly constructed story songs sung with an evocative Gaelic lilt.
After three albums with his alt country band Romantica, plus an exquisite duets
album with Belfast sweetheart
Carrie Rodriguez, Kyle struck out on last year's solo debut, Ben Kyle. The
album deals with the push and pull of creating a solid home life for his family
with the vagabond lifestyle that is the calling card of most touring musicians.
The result is spare and touching, with the bare minimum of accompaniment. Texas
Tonight's shindig is a Sixth Street Concerts event, which means it's a super cozy house concert in Media. Show starts at
8:00, will be over by 9:30 and will still provide ample time to get your Irish on
in one (or more) the approximately 3,000 bars in featuring Irish music
Sixth StreetConcerts - call 610-627-0670 for reservations.
Here is a sweet sampler of Ben Kyle's music:Romantica - "There She Goes" (from It's YourWeakness That I Want)
Romantica - "The National Side" (from
Romantica - "Tonight I'm Leaving You for Love"(from Control Alt Country Delete)
Carrie Rodriguez and Ben Kyle - "Unwed Fathers" (from WeStill Love Our Country)
Ben Kyle - "The Hills of