Review of Frances' West Belfast Festival performance 
Author: Máiría Cahill. 
Date: 2001-8-14  

Hundreds of people packed into St Agnes' Hall on Friday 10th August to see Irish Singer Frances Black. Frances was playing as part of Feile An Phobails (The West Belfast Festival) 10 day annual festival, and an unbelievable festival mood it was, as people waited for Frances to take to the stage. First on was traditional Irish Group, 'Na Dorsa', and the crowd needed no warming up as the tapped their feet in a frenzy to the music. Next up was the moment everyone had been waiting for - and the minute Frances took to the stage, the crowd roared and cheered - the atmosphere was electrifying. Frances was accompanied by Declan Sinnott on guitar, Eoghan Scott on Bass Guitar, and Graham Henderson on Keyboards. The new band line up worked well, and the evening started on 'Love Me', closely followed by 'Dont be a stranger'. Indeed, Frances is no stranger playing to the West Belfast Crowd, having played there around seven times before. Other favourites were also played, such as 'Talk to me', 'All the lies' and the particular Belfast favourite, Labi Siffri's 'Something inside so strong'. Frances sense of humour also shone through, and from the start of the concert until her second encore at the end, she had the crowd in the palm of her hand. Her natural ability of communicating with the crowd serves to endear her audiences even more to her music - and it is certain that this was one of the highlights of the Feile this year. The evening rounded off with the haunting accapello song 'Legal illegal', which goes down particulary well in West Belfast, considering it is a sond largely about injustice in Ireland. And the only question on peoples lips leaving the concert was - 'When are you coming back again Frances?!!'

Máiría Cahill