It was by chance that Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz met at a blue grass festival nine years ago – but it is the fans of their warming and deftly created music who are definitely the lucky ones. … [Read more...] about MANDOLIN ORANGE, Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
From the start this was a gig not to be missed. Packed into the Old Fruitmarket, Sharon Shannon made sure a great night was had by all. Her first tune, “Neckbelly” had us bouncing along as Sharon asked us to “go mental” and have loads of fun. The tunes came quick and fast with sets like, “Coridinio,” “Rathlin” and “Sandy” filling the set list. Then there was a wonderful … [Read more...] about Sharon Shannon Band and Special Guests, Celtic Connections, The Old Fruitmarket, February 3, 2017.
This was the night Gary Innes launched his long awaited second album, “Era” twelve years on from his first “How’s The Craic”. It was worth the wait. Gary says “the album is about growing old and very much family orientated” and he thanked his family and friends for the support in making it. The tune Yarra Wine Valley was first up and dedicated to the War Veteran … [Read more...] about Gary Innes, Celtic Connections, Drygate, February 2, 2017.
What a great way to spend Burns Night with the silky smooth voice of Robyn Stapleton, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the 2014, described by Sheena Wellington as a “very special singer indeed”. Robyn wowed the Celtic Connections’ audience from her first song, “Coming Thru the Rye” and continued with the “Slaves Lament,” “Ca The Yowes Tae The Knowes” and the … [Read more...] about Robyn Stapleton, Songs of Robert Burns, St Andrews in the Square, January 25, 2017.
The 20th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Concert Hall of Phil Cunningham's Highlands & Islands Suite was performed for the first time since 1997. Working with composer/arranger, John Ashton Thomas, a brand new ensemble composition was unveiled, inspired by their shared love for the island of Iona. This made up one half of the concert and musicians from all departments … [Read more...] about Phil Cunningham, Celtic Connections, Highlands and Island Suite 20th Anniversary, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall January 22, 2017.
When the mid Saturday of the Celtic Connections festival comes it can only mean one thing: the fantastically, talented turn of the pipe bands to entertain the masses – and Inverary and District and Bagad Kemper lived up to all expectations. Bagad Kemper from Britanny took to the stage first with pieces from their latest work, Melezour (the Mirror). They play in a strong Cape … [Read more...] about Inverary and District Pipe Band with Bagad Kemper, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, January 28, 2017.
Shovels and Rope admirably represent folk singers with crazy distortion on their guitars, not forgetting pounding drums, warming keyboards, even warmer harmonies, while baby sleeps outside on the tour bus. Michael Trent and Carey Ann Hearst triumphed at this Celtic Connections date with a blistering and scintillating performance. It wasn’t all punky exuberance and high … [Read more...] about Shovels and Rope, Celtic Connections, St Lukes, Glasgow, February 4, 2017.
The Continental Club in Austin, Texas is a legendary venue and I’m envious of its patrons as they have the chance to hear the imperious James McMurtry and gorge on his unparalleled collection of bluesy, swampy, rocking, bar-room blues very regularly. The rugged, award-winning McMurtry’s second ever Scottish gig ended more than seven years of live musical starvation for his … [Read more...] about James McMurtry and Nathan Bell, Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, February 2, 2017.