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31/03/2017

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Alan McClean

A good and truthful review. I, too, have waited probably 25 years to see Over The Rhine. I remember, way back when, hearing the songs on mix tapes, but (growing up in a small town) not being able to find the records. Over the years, I eagerly attended Larry Norman and Randy Stonehill shows, and many others in between. Most of my records came from purchases at the back of a concert hall.
But, OTR eluded me. I always managed not to know when they were on tour. Finally, a long time dream to catch them live, and twice in two days! And, worth the wait it certainly was. OTR were all I expected, and more. If anyone ever doubted that music is a gift capable of lifting the soul to a place closer to God, then they need to experience OTR. Real life merges into the spiritual, making a connection we so often miss in the grind of daily life. God is visible in all things, being glorified, or being visibly perfect against our well meaning failures.
The Belfast concert was special for me, not just being the first, but because there was a sweet spirit of love, fellowship, appreciation . . . blessing. We missed so much growing up in our little country - nobody came here. We lived our lives through the words of others, from fanzines and NME articles, and jealously watched concerts on TV. It's all different now, but our generation still knows how to show our love for the blessings (there's that word again) of the past and the gifts of the present. The show was a little slice of heaven on earth. Something to be cherished and savoured for a long time to come.
The Dublin show was excellent too. Wonderfully crafted in another beautiful setting, with another appreciative audience. It was humbling to look around at the audience and to visibly see the joy on their faces, just to be there. Most of them were seeing OTR for the first time. Jesus in New Orleans being again dedicated to Steve Stockman for his friendship and support tells the story of how special the previous night was.
All in all, the songs now have deeper meanings, the bond is stronger, and life just seems that little bit better for having crossed paths with Linford and Karin.
Genesis 12 v 2-3 tells how God blessed Abraham, so that all nations might be blessed through him. Following from that teaching, OTR have certainly shared their blessing. What a privilege to have been part of the experience.
God's blessing to all who made this happen, took part, and experienced.

Angela Pancella

Delighted your dream has come true at last!

Paul Keeble

Great review Steve. On Thursday night the room where Fitzroy church meets became a 'thin place'. Beautiful on multiple levels. Aesthetically, musically and most definitely spiritually nourishing. We felt privileged to be there. Joining you in the dream to have Linford and Karin back.

Maura Cook

Over the Rhine and Steve Stockman have always gone together for me. My husband saw them at Greenbelt and ran back to our tent to tell me I had to go and listen to this band, and I first heard Karin sing at a Q and A session that you did with them that night. I was hooked from then. Last week, at Cecil Sharpe House in London, that beautiful piece of heartache settled deeply on my soul. Thanks Steve for this fantastic review and for spreading their heavenly music further into this redemption-song-needy world.

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