Pigstock 2011 - Matt McGinn
Gem Saloon, Saturday 28th May 12.30
Describe in a tweet: An old bearded soul with a vocal to lift the early afternoon gloom.
What Happened?: The crowd has thinned out slightly as the elder statesman of the Belfast folk scene takes the stage accompanied by bodhran. Matt McGinn has been around for a while and is a seasoned pro on the live scene. Despite not having a defined setlist, he treats us to a slick set of tunes old and new. Tracks from the new album standing true alongside the older material. It gets a little cutesy in the middle when a track or two is dedicated to his partner and a little girl but as they leave there are a few more great bluesy tunes and a slightly dirty folk rendition of Blackstreet's 'No Diggity'.
Silk Purse: No Diggity, no doubt
Sow's Ear: The occasional sound bleed from the main stage.
Pigstock rating: 7/10