by Emily Coen

The Young Folk bounced onto the Button Factory stage last Saturday night to deliver an upbeat, high-energy gig to a packed room. The show featured a number of surprising guest appearances by local musicians, most notably several members of Dublin-based band Delorentos. Fresh from the release of their second album First Sign of Morning, the folk quintet drew in a crowd that varied from a steady group of club disciples to the city’s business elite.

The set was sweet and tangental without toeing over the line into the melancholic. The Young Folk’s style evolved as they played, deflecting from the crisp, soulful folk of their opening number into a more nuanced exploration of genre. Regular Wicklow Street flutist Aidan Murphy joined the band onstage for a jazzstep-influenced jam session while The Young Folk’s own Alex Borwich gave the crowd a flavour of his multi-instrumental talent.

Delorentos joined the band onstage for the latter half of the gig, launching the crowd roaring into the encore and closing the night on an energetic note. The sound mixing could have been a little tighter, but The Young Folk themselves were at the peak of their game.