Sean Michael Dargan – Brocah (Downtown), Madison 5-28-15

Cindy took me to see Sean Michael Dargan.

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Now I have heard of SMD from Cindy’s CD collection, and I even bought her one that I found when I was out and about treasure hunting, but all I knew going in was that he was local, Irish, and sometimes played bagpipes.

Check out his website,  http://www.seanmichaeldargan.com/   There is a free download of an older CD on his Merch page.

This evening he was playing alone and acoustic at Brocah on the square.

We drove down and I couldn’t help getting the iconic Madison shot.

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There was no Marquee, but inside the restaurant there was a chalked sign.

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This was his opening night. We were early and had a drink and a pic and waited while Sean was still setting up.

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He started playing and we made our way into the main room and found a table. The sound of his acoustic was very rich and tonal. He was just up on a little raised area in the front where they moved some tables out of the way. There were 2 speakers on tripod poles and a mic. Nothing fancy or complicated. It was actually perfect for that night. It was like a show in your living room, or around a campfire, cozy and nice. I was actually surprised at the smooth tone his guitar made. I didn’t know the song he was playing, but it was good.

My pictures, except one were dark because of the lighting, but you’ll get the idea.

Art shot.

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At the end of the next song he revealed that it was about his daughter. There was a Joe Biden song and another I didn’t know, and then he did a cover of Elvis Costello’s “Radio Radio”. It was very cool. A slower quieter version, but awesome.

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Sean was having fun and we were really digging it. Sorry bout the dark pictures.

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He took requests and played a song for a couple at a near table. Cindy tried to recall the name of a particular SMD song she wanted to hear (apparently there are 2 versions acoustic and electric) and when she confirmed the title, “Believe It Or Not”, I shouted it out at the next break between songs. He was delighted to do it. There was a sing-along part and when we got there, more than just Cindy was singing it out. People there knew it.

I eventually was that guy and used my flash to get a better picture. Sorry Sean for the flash.

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So, the lighting was bad, but the music and atmosphere was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and he has 3 more dates coming.

I recommend you check him out.

Thanks for the night out Cindy. Great pick!

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