On their first tour in Europe the Mulligan Brothers came to Vanslag last Friday to play to a full house.
By now the Vanslag church in Borger is a well established stage for rootsy Americana concerts, in a well-oiled cooperation with Roots on the Road. However having the Mulligan Brothers perform on Dutch television in the famous 1-minute did help sell off the last few tickets and completely fill the church-floor.
The stage was filled with an interesting set of instruments that promised a varied musical evening. Most intriguing was a suitcase-bass. A bass that can be packed into itself and take a bit of laundry too, that saves a bit of space :)
The concert was absolutely awesome. Playing to a full house must give some extra energy and the Mulligan Bothers played magnificently and they were obviously enjoying themselves on stage. Mandoline and violin added a beautiful layer to the songs and there was more then enough variety to the songs to keep the two sets interesting.
Although most songs were their own, the Mulligan Brothers did a superb version of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Atlantic City’ but their own songs are definitely strong enough to stand on their own.
They did end with two fantastic covers though that gave the whole band their place in the spotlight. Two classics by The Band got both the band and the audience on their feet and let’s be honest: ending with ‘The Weight’ and ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ is a good way to send the audience off home (or in this case to the sales booth and I dare say the band sold some merch that evening.
Loved the band, the atmosphere in the church was fantastic and the music still rings in my mind. Thanks Vanslag and Roots on the Road and of course the band!