Gavin James plays the first of three sold-out shows tonight in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre.
To mark the inexorable rise of the kid from Tuam, County Galway, a repost (above) of what is surely one of the best videos ever made by an Irish artist.
The promo for ‘Glow’ (from the album ‘Only Ticket Home’) originally ‘dropped’ last Autumn but it already feels like a timeless classic up there in the hallowed company of Phil Lynott’s ‘Old Town’, Sinead’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, U2’s ‘Sweetest Thing’ and The Pogues’s ‘Fairytale Of New York’.
It opens with Gavin strumming his acoustic guitar in The Old Storehouse pub before he leads a motley crew of mime artists, jugglers, construction workers, hen parties, flower sellers, drag queens and dancing guys ’n’gals through the sun-kissed streets of Temple Bar. Until they disappear like a fevered dream…
It’s full of colour and joy, and for four minutes makes the heart of Dublin look like the centre of the universe.