Sunday, Sept. 16, Zilker park
Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Fri., Sept. 21, 2007
Of all the stages at the festival, the Austin Ventures stage suffered the most from sound bleed. This didn't bode well for Ireland's Fionn Regan, a sweet and melancholy folk singer with a delicate touch. Nevertheless, with Yo La Tengo squalling in the background, the young singer-songwriter took to enrapturing the gathered, a mix of fans and the curious. Sounding more like a cross between Bob Dylan and fellow countryman/Waterboy Mike Scott than he does on his fab debut, The End of History (Lost Highway), the ragamuffin Regan fit a lot into a set just a touch over 30 minutes. With the help of a drummer that actually resembled a young Dylan and a female vocalist, neither of them introduced, Regan's songs came to life in a way that kept the album's innocence yet ramped up its intensity. "Put a Penny in the Slot" brought cheers, and when Regan finished off solo with the aching "Be Good or Be Gone," it felt like the coda to a dream that hadn't lasted nearly long enough.