Fontaines DC shared their NPR Tiny Desk concert, filmed during their recent North American tour, and featured songs from their latest album ‘Skinty Fia’.
The video, released yesterday (May 17), was shot inside the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. The performance began with department head Grian Chatten sitting between two bookshelves, playing the accordion and singing ‘The Couple Across The Way’. He was accompanied by cellist Maureen Dunne and violinist Isaac Henry for the song. Chatten then entered the next room, where the rest of the band members were arranged.
They performed the intro to the album ‘Inár gCroíthe go deo’, and were joined by members of the University Chorale, a choir at the Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University of Chicago. Dunne and Henry returned to accompany the band in ‘Big Shot’, before the band ended the film with ‘Nabokov’. Power in the building was lost during the final moments of the song, and this was captured on film by the NPR team as the group laughed.
See the performance below:
The Tiny Desk concert was one of several promotional performances the band did while in North America, including a performance for CBS Saturday Morning and the all-energy efficiency of ‘Nabokov’ on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The band announced ‘Skinty Fia’ back in January, coinciding with the release of the lead single ‘Jackie Down The Line’. Several singles followed, including “I Love You”, the title track, and “Roman Holiday”. The album topped both the UK and Ireland album charts upon release, marking the first time they hit number one on both.
In a five-star review, NME described the album as “a breathtaking collection they’ve never done before”.
“The fight for a better Ireland deserves songs that reflect the depths of the crisis, and in its unceasingly captivating glory, ‘Skinty Fia’ triumphs up to the task,” it reads. .
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