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Review: Marketa Irglova

Review:  Marketa Irglova

| On 11, Oct 2014

We confess, right from the start, we loved the Marketa Irglova’s show at the Mod Club in Toronto on October 9.

If her name isn’t familiar to you, it is likely her musical accomplishments are. Marketa’s band, The Swell Season, has toured internationally and won an Oscar for best original song Falling Slowly from the movie Once, in which she and fellow band member Glen Hansard also stared. The indie movie became a huge hit mainly due to the endearing qualities of the story, the songs, as well as the performance from the stars. The success of Once continues and is evident today, with a musical version on Broadway as well as a touring show.

Playing the second night of her North American tour, in support of her new solo album MUNA, Marketa performed an intimate set. Her touring band comprises of Aida Shahghasemi (daf/vocals), Rob Bochnik (guitar), Joe Doyle (bass) and opener Rosi Golan also joined in on some of the vocals. Stunning, elegant, heartwarming are easy descriptions for the show, but honestly it is about how she makes you feel when she performs her songs that sticks with you. It is inescapable to witness the beauty of Marketa’s passion for song writing and musicianship. The new songs include elements of world rhythms which marry seamlessly with her voice and love of folk songs.  Addressing the audience, she is humble, endearing and thankful, asking them to come and say hello after the show, which they happily do. She is more than aware that people want to hear songs from her past, and includes them in her set (yes even the Oscar one). However, most of the show features her new songs, which definitely do not disappoint. We predict that Fortune Teller is likely to be on repeat for many over the next year. The evening ended with a well deserved standing ovation.

In the near feature, we suspect that many Sunday mornings will start with MUNA, looking forward to them.

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