With slick guitar riffs and sultry tones that left the crowd in the palm of her hand, Tash Sultana took the Marquee in Cork by storm tonight - all in sweatpants and bare feet.
The Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer arrived in Ireland by ferry on tonight after several sell-out gigs in the UK.
In an Instagram post that evening, she said she was looking forward to her two Irish gigs, one in Cork and one in Dublin.
Based on her performance at the famous Cork tent, Sultana’s excitement was genuine as she took concertgoers on a musical journey, even walking through the crowd while shredding on her guitar.
The one-woman-band powerhouse put in a high energy performance, punctuated artfully by some of her slower instrumental numbers, and had the crowd in awe at her ability across a wide range of instruments.
Guitar, drums, trumpets and more, Sultana skillfully made use of several loop pedals to take the crowd on a journey before songs even started, as she prepared beats, riffs, and wind before allowing her vocal cords let rip.
Few outside Australia had heard of Tash Sultana prior to 2016 when she was known for playing open mic nights on a fake ID and busking on the streets of Melbourne.
Now she is selling out headline shows across multiple countries and has played dozens of high profile festivals around the world, including Coachella and Lollapalooza in recent years.
Things changed for Sultana in 2016 when she posted a seven-minute video of a live performance of her song 'Jungle' on YouTube.
Within five days the video, which is essentially just the Aussie singer jamming out at home, had notched up a million views.
Today it has more than 50 million and is well known across the globe.
That was clear in the Marquee as hundreds sang along to the powerful hit which somehow manages to combine vibes from Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.
One might have been at a summer festival in Hawaii as, smashing tracks like her recent single 'Can’t Buy Happiness', Sultana had the crowd swaying inside the sweltering tent on a balmy summer night in Cork.
True to her Melbourne roots, the singer invited Aussie folk duo the Pierce Brothers to open her set at the Marquee.
A cross between Mumford and Sons and our own Irish duo Hudson Taylor, the brothers brought serious energy - and a didgeridoo - to the tent before Sultana took to the stage and blew the crowd away.