The story of For Those I Love, David Balfe’s moving tribute to his friend Paul Curran who passed away is much documented on this site.
With the release of the self-titled debut coming early next year on September Recordings, Balfe made his first ever live performance anywhere on Later With Jools Holland last night.
As the show is not currently in studio due to COVID, the performance, shot in Smock Alley and making use of Balfe’s archive of videos with his friend (also used in his self-directed music videos).
The simple adornment of a flag on the microphone is unfurled towards the end to be a Coolock Reds / Shelbourne FC flag. The friends both supported the club.
It is a poignant live debut.
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