Fiddler’s Green, Melkweg
An evening folk-punk, who doesn’t want that? Fiddler’s Green played for the first time in Amsterdam, something we couldn’t miss of course! The Melkweg was the place to be this drizzling Friday-evening. After standing in line to wait for the most ridiculous thing at a concertvenue EVER – paying a membership of €4,-, just to get inside – it was time for the first band of the evening.
Pyrates! A band originating from Eindhoven, Netherlands. Like the name implies, this band plays piratesongs like we know from German bands like Elmsfeuer or Mr Hurley & die Pulveraffen. Completely in style this band entered the stage to play their catchy tunes. The guitar was a bit too quiet, which made the overall mix a bit soft, but it wasn’t troublesome. The band clearly enjoyed themselves, but couldn’t really transpose their energy unto the audience. Eventually, a few people started dancing and singing, especially with their final song ‘Drunken Sailor’. Sympathetic band and a really enjoyable show!
After the audience was warmed up a bit, it was time for Fiddler’s Green. Immediately from the first second an enjoyable pit started, which didn’t stop before the concert was at end. The band clearly enjoyed themselves, and asked the audience to crowdsurve, sing and party with them. While there were many highlights, the moment when the full band walked into the audience, and played a song was the biggest highlight of them all. Also the typical Wall of Folk was eagerly done by the partying audience. During this ‘Wall of Folk’, the band asked everyone to take of their shirt and swing it above their heads, something the already sweaty audience did without hesitation. The setlist consisted mainly of new material, with here and there classics and traditional like ‘Rocky Road to Dublin’. The audience couldn’t care less, if only they could continue partying. That happened, even after the concert was finished. Excellent performance, and I hope we can see this band more often in the Netherlands!