An Easter rousing Premium

31 March 2016 | by Joanna Moorhead


It wasn’t conceived as a paschal ballad, but somehow it felt completely right to be belting out “High Hopes” on Easter Sunday evening with Kodaline. The song is all about redemption, and beginning again, and fresh starts; and there was a distinctly hymn-like quality to its rousing rendition in the cathedral of Hammersmith Apollo.

Kodaline are on the way to becoming megastars, and for the crowd – old and young alike, because this is a band that unites the generations – wedged in for the final night of their seven-week tour, they’re megastars already. They absolutely own their rich and passionate music, as well as their approach to their audience: light on the chat, but warm, humble, and still obviously genuinely delighted to have finally made it this big.

The four-man band has its origins in the early noughties, in a Catholic secondary school founded by the Christian Brothers, Coláiste Choilm, in the Dublin suburb of Swords. Steve Garrigan and his best friend Mark Prendergast started to play music together, and were spurred on by encouragement from their teachers and classmates.

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