My wife, Kathleen, and I celebrated July 4 with Josh Ritter and thousands of other fans in Cork, Ireland. After a 24-hour, sleep-deprived journey from Boise to Dublin, Ireland we stumbled into Josh Ritter at the Dublin Airport. Kathleen exclaimed, “We came all the way from Boise to see you!” He was very gracious and we chatted for awhile whereupon he offered to share his cab with us. We declined on the account we were renting a car and Josh gave us both hugs as we said our goodbyes.
The concert was amazing! The full band plus a 24-piece orchestra aptly named the Cork-estra after the town. Cork and Ireland in general love this Idaho guy and the crowd roared back the lyrics of songs like “Kathleen,” “To the Dogs or Whoever,” “Right Moves” and “Empty Hearts.”
His smile was infectious and he was as tuned into the crowd as the crowd was to him. To top the night, off Josh introduced the world to his first violin performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” with the U.S. flag projected behind him.
Now from Ireland to Idaho we look forward to our next Ritter concert at the Egyptian this Wednesday night.
Check all the photos from the Ireland show here: https://blog.chadcasephotography.com/090710-Ritter/index.html