The Workman’s Club, situated in the center of Dublin’s Temple Bar area, played host to the London-based bearded trio Bear’s Den February 8.
The sold-out crowd lined up along the Liffey River a solid hour before showtime. Waiting in the wind and cold prior to doors opening to The Workman’s Club, a venue that resembles a big, comfortable, multi-level home. While that wait would sound uncomfortable for most, the queue was friendly, energetic and jovial – jointly anticipating what they’ve waited months to see: Bear’s Den in Dublin. I was certainly no exception, coming from the United States just to see this gig, I couldn’t wait and the queue was well-worth the show I was about to see! A fan since the Den’s beginning, and seeing them live numerous times in the States, I was more excited than ever to see the boys live in Ireland.
With support from Rukhsana Merrise, Bear’s Den brought down the house – as they always do. Incorporating their constant humble repertoire and comical banter in-between songs, Andrew Davie, Kev Jones & Joey Haynes started off the set with global crowd favorite ‘Elysium’. They sounded great and more relaxed with their set than ever before. A full twelve songs later, the three lads were in the middle of the audience of the packed house. This seems to be turning into their trademark move, performing a beautiful completely acoustic rendition of Bad Blood, before finishing up back on stage with their heart-felt ‘Sahara’. The appreciative crowd, not missing a lyric the entire night, could not have been more pleased with the set list as they combined both old and new tunes. The band was humbled by the crowd’s approval, a quality I truly hope they never lose as they become increasingly famous – as I know they will.
Don’t Let The Sun Steal You Away
Above the Clouds of Pompeii
Think of England
The Love We Stole
When You Break