Greater Lafayette’s favorite Canadian sibling Celtic rock band returned to Nine Irish Brothers earlier this week.
Searson is led by sisters Erin Searson (keys, lead vocals), Heather Searson (bass) and Colleen Searson (fiddle, backing vocals). The band name is the sisters’ last name, in case you didn’t catch that.
Backed by different drummers and a guitar player or two over the years, the sisters’ musical and blood connections are evident in every set, including Tuesday night’s at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette. The band has kept Lafayette-West Lafayette on its tour schedule at least twice a year for the past several years.
On Tuesday night, the pub was packed for Searson’s first set of instrumental stompers, tender ballads and slick modern rock/pop tunes with an Irish lilt to them. The instrumentals — ranging from jams to more complex full-on rompers — are led by Colleen’s impressive fiddle work. She can break hearts and get the crowd dancing on tables and the bar with the instrument.
Still touring on their latest album, “Fade & Shine,” songs with lyrics feature strong vocals and piano work from Erin. Her playing is busy, energetic as it can fade into rhythm with Heather on bass and dreadlocked drummer Danno O’Shea as Colleen takes center stage or her keys can drive a song in a near boogie-woogie style. O’Shea, while fairly new to the band, could be the Searson’s best drummer yet. His bold drum solo on Tuesday night was more interesting than most dinosaur hair metal bands’ that use the drum solo to catch their breaths and adjust their wigs. Well, except Tommy Lee’s. His drum solos still rule.
A typical Searson show features a set of Irish step dancing to the beat of O’Shea’s drums and the crowd’s clapping. The sisters’ synchronicity shows just how connected they are in the band.
Searson is expected to return to Nine Irish Brothers in December.
Watch some of Searson’s Tuesday night set at Nine Irish Brothers in West Lafayette here.