If you came along to this Blazin’ Fiddles gig expecting their usual excellent, vibrant fiddling you would not be disappointed. There was that and a whole lot more including some very special guests in Aoife O’Donovan, Rachel Sermanni, Adam Holmes and not forgetting the Inverness Gaelic Choir.
This concert was set as though Bruce MacGregor was presenting a radio show and had him sitting at a radio desk introducing each act.
First band introduced were the “House” band of the night Blazin’ Fiddles! Dashing from his radio desk Bruce grabbed his fiddle and joined his compatriots in an exquisite set. The current line up of Bruce MacGregor, Rua MacMillan, Jenna Reid, Kristan Harvey, Anna Massie and Angus Lyon were accompanied by Greg Barry (drums), Duncan Lyall (bass) and Mike Vass (tenor guitar and mandolin). What a backing band!
After playing a few tunes Bruce took his place back at the radio presenter desk and introduced the audience to the American singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan. She wowed an already ecstatic audience with her beautiful singing.
Next up was the turn of the ever popular Rachel Sermanni who looked to be in musical heaven and sang like an angel in the aforementioned heaven.
Following Rachel was the introduction to the stage of Adam Holmes. Adam’s deep resonant voice emphasised even more what an outstanding concert this was turning out to be. All of this and we hadn’t even heard the Inverness Gaelic Choir, conducted by Mary Ann Kennedy, yet.
Bruce MacGregor had promised the audience that their singing may reduce everyone to tears such was the pureness of their voices and harmonies. They certainly made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The choir did backing vocals for many of the songs from the guests as well as doing an outstanding set of their own. They were quite magnificent.
Rarely has so much musical talent been seen on stage before and it will probably be a long time before it happens again. With each guest having equal time on stage and Blazin’ Fiddles taking centre stage in between them this really was the ultimate concert. It had everything.
There are not enough superlatives I could use to describe this night. It was very well organised and each singer and musician complemented each other with their musical ability.
The final song of the night summed the whole evening up perfectly. Ae Fond Kiss, probably the best love song ever written, was performed with everyone on stage taking part in what I believe to be the most beautiful rendition I have ever heard of it.
If this had been a radio show, as it was designed to be like, it would have been the best one ever, and hosted superbly by presenter Bruce MacGregor who has stated this was the best fun he had ever had in any gig. I think there were many others agreeing with him on that count.
Presenter, Celtic Music Radio 95FM