Northern Irish singer-songwriter Foy Vance makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live at Charleston, W.Va.'s Clay Center. "With suggestions of Paul Brady and Paul Kelly, a hint of Bono and perhaps a kindred musical spirit in Ulster compatriot Van Morrison," Vance brings to our local stage the same soul-shattering, jaw-dropping soulful folk that has attracted the respect of global hitmakers like Ed Sheeran, Josh Groban and Elton John. Needless to say, it takes a lot of chutzpah to pull off a medley of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" in front of a crowd of West Virginians, but Vance pulls it off with both the charisma and sincere musicality of a star-in-the-making.
Vance's latest release is called The Wild Swan, out now on Sheeran's label Gingerbread Man Records. As Mountain Stage host Larry Groce says in this broadcast, "It's the best recording I've heard in many years."
- "Bangor Town"
- "Ziggy Looked Me in the Eye"
- "You and I"
- "Pain Never Hurt Me Like Love"
- "Take Me Home, Country Roads / Upbeat Feelgood"