Ireland - Full Moon 50 - 11/11/00
DCU Freshers Ball, Temple Bar Music Centre, 18.10.2000
You must note that first year college soirees, this one hosted by the good people at the DCU
Redbrick society, are sociable occasions set aside with the intention of getting people to
meet n' greet with enthusiasm. The kids are out to party. Bearing this in mind and also not
forgetting that David Kitt has performed in recent months to, arguably, favourable crowds in
packed, intimate and silenced venues in his rise to "next big thing status", one is curious to
how our host will fare in this "atmosphere."
Take the stage then David with two accomplices, one on clarinet the other on melodica. His
gentle speaking voice greets the crowd and his trusted minidisc kicks off proceedings with the
now customary Casio driven beats of Sound Fades with Distance. His ever honey-sweet
voice floats above the discordant banter of a predominantly disinterested audience. Kitt
continues unperturbed playing set favourites Sleep Comes Tomorrow and album closer
Headphones alternating with some new tunes, always with his distinctive sound and swirling
electro keyboard noises harmonised with Orb-like fluffy clouds, his background visual display
meandering behind him. The aforementioned venues are ideal for this kind of beauty - even
with the clarinet and melodica contributing for most of the set, the music still retains the same
tranquil elegance as his recently released gem Small Moments. The crowd gets more
disgruntled still, one part even allowing itself to spit "get off the stage." David allows himself a
rue smile before closing his short set.
It is important that David Kitt familiarise himself in this kind of setting before venturing abroad
when his "bigger things" do happen. He should, however, have little fear; his professionalism
seems oblivious to such factors.
Copyright © 2000 Colm Downes