Angie McMahon Makes Her Debut At The Anthem

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By Jason Herman / November 21, 2019
Angie McMahon performs at The Anthem

On November 18th Hozier performed to a sold-out audience at The Anthem in Washington, DC. What the crowd didn't expect was that they were going to witness rising Australian star, singer-songwriter Angie McMahon, in her first American appearance. Although McMahon is well known in her native land, she has yet to be discovered by American audiences - until now!

Angie McMahon performs at The Anthem

Earlier this year, McMahon released her debut album Salt, and it debuted at #5 on the Australian charts. McMahon has also been touring the world in support of some of the most prominent artists, including Father John Misty, Gary Clark Jr, Alanis Morissette, and Mumford & Sons.

McMahon took the stage alone with her beautiful Harmony Bigsby red hollow-body guitar. There would be no over the top production tonight - just McMahon, her guitar, a few spotlights, and 6000 mesmerized fans.

Within mere minutes, audience members felt at ease with this 25-year-old as she instantly engaged and entrapped the crowd with her gentle and sincere nature. With some playful banter, McMahon expressed her excitement to be performing at The Anthem and touring with Hozier, she reflected on some differences in American and. Australian pronunciation, her love of pasta, and warned that she was going to sing some depressing songs about heartbreak and breakups. Then suddenly, as she started to perform, audience members were transfixed and astonished at the stunning voice coming out of Angie McMahon. Along with a commanding stage presence and superb guitar skills, McMahon would treat the audience to a luscious, velvety, and resonant voice that genuinely captivated concert-goers.

Angie McMahon performs at The Anthem
 

Listen to Angie McMahon cover "Silver Springs"

McMahon was gleeful to share a story and question with the audience. With a beaming face, she described that earlier in the day her tour bus traveled under a sign on the Beltway that said "Silver Spring." She asked if this was the same Silver Spring that might have inspired or been related to Fleetwood Mac's song "Silver Springs." She was quick to add that Fleetwood Mac was among her favorite artists, and that song was one of her favorites.

It was, in fact, a similar Beltway sign to Silver Spring that inspired Stevie Nicks to write "Silver Springs" forty-plus years ago. As Nicks traveled under a similar freeway sign, it inspired her to write, "You could be my silver springs," which she found symbolic of what Lindsey Buckingham could have been to her as their romance began to end.

Angie McMahon performs at The Anthem

And then in a blink of an eye, McMahon completed her thirty-minute performance that left the audience wanting more.Luckily for the audience, McMahon would join Hozier for the evenings closer, "Work Song." During this duet, McMahon and Hozier would go toe-to-toe vocally with one another, and it was precisely the only way such a powerful musical evening could end.

Angie McMahon performs at The Anthem

We do not expect this to be the last time Angie McMahon comes to America or the region, and we sincerely look forward to McMahon's return and her delightful stories of eating too much pasta and writing a ballad about it.

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The following video is provided courtesy of Angie McMahon's YouTube Channel.

DC Music Review for one, welcomes this Australian Alien to America!

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Jason Herman

A 24x7 member and Photo Editor of DC Music Review. Jason has been passionate about music since his earliest days and is especially excited about the music scene around his adopted hometown, Washington DC. With over 35 Grateful Dead and 80+ Phish shows, and countless music festivals under his belt, you can find him at concerts around the country but especially in his adopted hometown of Washington, D.C. Before turning his lens to music, Jason followed professional cyclists around the U.S. Domestic Circuit to the tallest mountains in Europe.