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filanir / February 5th, 2018   News

It was an evening that was inundated with beautiful nostalgia and ripples of love. Like a stone that skips across the water, the hearts of two hundred fans skipped a beat that Sunday night at the Esplanade Annexe Studio as they rode the ripples and osmosis of sound waves that cascaded around the studio.

 

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Many would remember Shane Filan, 38, from the Irish boyband Westlife. After all, who could forget songs like My Love, If I Let You Go, Swear It Again and Flying Without Wings, or even the countless visits by the band and autograph sessions that they had in Singapore in the late 90s to 2000s. I spent a good part of my mid to late teen years liking them, among the plethora of other boybands that swept the island

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Returning to Singapore once again for an exclusive gig and promotional tour of his new album Love Always, it was as though all those years never left and the voice of this one member remains as mellow and heartfelt as when he first performed here those many years ago.

Indeed, some moments are timeless, perhaps some artists as well and even their songs.

Noted Filan of My Love, one of the four songs that he belted out against the undulating chorus of the audience, “Some songs aged. But not My Love. My Love is a classic…”

I reckon, like songs, we are only as old as we feel.

 

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Of the songs sang that evening, my two favourite ones were Unbreakable and Beautiful in White, both of which are featured on his Love Always album.

There was an iridescent sadness and beauty to Unbreakable and a shining light to Filan’s vocals that melded and cascaded through the studio like strings of an orchestra playing in a grand hall. The forte of his voice was beautiful and albeit the rather loud speakers that almost drowned him out for the first part of the chorus, the colours and tones in that piece was just perfection

Beautiful in White which lyrics sound like a beautiful wedding vow written on the tapestry of a music score, was sung with such heartfelt emotion, one could almost feel the radiance of love that exuded from him.

Perhaps he was thinking of his wife and daughter when he sang it…

Closing the very short but very intimate evening with Uptown Girl, it was evident from the joy in the energy of audience who got up to dance for the song – everyone had a great evening, forging memories and moments that would be timeless…

What I love about exclusive gigs or studio performances is the intimate feeling that envelopes its entire atmosphere. There is a certain magic in the air…almost like star dust…

Filan’s gig was no exception.

There was even a mini Q&A session to his showcase, where he received a red packet “Hongbao” from a fan, sang a birthday song to another and answered a brilliant questioned by another, slightly older fan asking of his happiest moments in his live so far, to which he replied that there were four – his wife and his three children.

What a beautiful answer…

 

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Stardust everywhere… Indeed, it was a magical night

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Thank you Shane for a riveting and very special performance!

 

All photos taken on an iPhone6 and are © Vanessa Mostafa Photography.

Videos recorded and edited on an iPhone6 for the purpose of this review and for those who missed out.

*Shane performed at the Esplanade Annexe Studio on 4 February 2018 as part of their Love Always (Promotional) Tour. He is slated to be back in Singapore on 10 March 2018 for a full concert. Sadly I will not be able to attend as I will be in Melbourne, Australia at that time.

**About the writer: Vanessa Mostafa aka The Wandering Nessie works as a freelance artist liaison (ALO) among her other roles in FOH and BOH. In her free time, she dabbles in reviews, features, interviews and photography. Unless otherwise stated, tickets to all the performances that she has attended were bought and paid for by her. While she does appreciate the occasional complimentary ticket or invite, she does not solicit one, as other writers or bloggers may do. She writes from the heart and does it for the artist, and not the management. Her knowledge and skills in the arts management field and working with artists, gives her advantage to really understand a performance from various perspectives, which makes her reviews different from plethora of reviews that one may see online.

 

Source/Credit: vanessamostafa.com



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