After 9 days of full-on Irish culture, including an evening in the presence of Christy Moore (at the Wexford Opera House) and the Kilfenora Ceili Band (at the National Concert Hall in Dublin), it was a nice change to experience a British music great: Peter Gabriel at the Hammersmith Apollo on Wednesday evening.
The two-hour show, which was filmed in 3D for a future DVD, comprised mainly songs from his own back catalogue -- San Jacinto, Digging in the Dirt, Don't Give Up, Biko -- as well as a handful of covers he recorded for last year's Scratch My Back album.
All the music was performed by the 46-piece New Blood Orchestra.
One of the highlights, for me, was Red Rain, one of my all-time favourite songs. I think I must have listened to this one a million times when I was 17!