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Saint Sister @ St Luke’s, Cork 15/06/2019

Saint Sister came to Cork on the opening weekend of the Cork Midsummer Festival for a breathtaking show in the breathtaking St Luke’s Church.

Saint Sister during a surreal performance at the breathtaking St Luke’s. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.
Saint Sister during a surreal performance at the breathtaking St Luke’s. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.

Cork in the summertime is one of the best places to be, with so much going on Leesiders are spoilt for choice. Proving this point is the Cork Midsummer Festival, which got underway with Saint Sister and Gadget and the Cloud at St Luke’s Church.

Gadget and the Cloud, AKA Kelly Doherty’s, work on the decks has mesmerised us before. So throw in the beautiful surroundings of a church and fluorescent lights and Kelly’s sound makes for a spellbinding recipe.

Gadget and the Cloud @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.
Gadget and the Cloud, AKA Kelly Doherty, supporting Saint Sister @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.

Kelly creates wonderful sounds and there’s no wonder as to why she’s respected around Ireland.

Playing songs from her debut album and new songs including her latest release ‘Keep You’, it was a journey she took us on with her euphoric music.

Gadget and the Cloud @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.
Gadget and the Cloud @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.

It was an enchanting set from the Cork girl. While a lot treated it as background music to their conversations, it was still stunning to listen to her performance.

Saint Sister during their performance at St Luke’s. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.
Saint Sister during their performance at St Luke’s. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.

Sticking to the wholesome theme of the night, Saint Sister didn’t disappoint when the duo took to the stage.

Gemma Doherty of Saint Sister. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.
Gemma Doherty of Saint Sister. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.

There’s a reason they were one of the favourites to take album of the year at the IMRO awards earlier this year. They mesmerised St Luke’s with their evoking and beautiful music.

At times harrowing, other times stunning. As they stood there with harp and keyboard in tow, they sucked the audience in with a breathtaking performance.

The gracefulness they showed towards one another as well wasn’t unnoticed, dedicating songs to each other. Showing the strength of their friendship through music was powerful.

Morgan Mac Intyre of Saint Sister. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.
Shrouded in light, Morgan Mac Intyre during the duos performance. Photo taken by Jina Estrada.
Saint Sister serenading the packed church as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photo taken by author.
Saint Sister serenading the packed church as part of the Cork Midsummer Festival. Photo taken by author.

Their infamous cover of The Bangles’ hit ‘Eternal Flame’ went down a treat, however it was a special cover of The Cranberries ‘Dreams’ that stood out, not for its significance in Ireland since Dolores O’Riordan’s passing but more the sentiment behind it on a personal level for the two girls.

The performance drew breaths, tears and rapturous applause, all which were fully deserved. Their music is a thing of beauty and it was a captivating performance in a captivating venue by a captivating band. Just purely beautiful from Saint Sister.

All pictures taken by Jina Estrada unless not stated. Check out the full gallery below.

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  • Gadget and the Cloud @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.
    Gadget and the Cloud supporting Saint Sister @ St Luke’s. Photo by Jina Estrada.

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