Another Out to Lunch Festival sell-out today as Tyrone-born Bernadette Morris matured from being a support artist to instead enjoy her first headline gig in Belfast.
Accompanied by Rohan Young on bodhrán and Stephen Rooney on guitar, Bernadette worked through a varied set, including covers of Kate Rusby’s Awkward Annie, John Spillane’s All the Ways You Wander and a even threw in a few reels on her fiddle.
Perched – and sometimes wobbling – on top of enormous heels, it was during the Irish numbers (like Molly na gCuach Ní Chuilleanáin) that Bernadette really came to life, with an extra glint in her eye as she energetically performed the songs.
There was a lovely moment near the end when she sang the familiar Will Ye Go Lassie Go, encouraging the Black Box audience to join in. It was like Gareth Malone had arrived and formed an instant community chorus, with the odd harmony ringing out from the enthusiastic crowd.
If you missed today’s lunchtime event, you can find some of the music over on Bernadette Morris’ website, and keep track of upcoming gigs.