The Queens Of The Breakers is the title track of The Barr Brothers latest release – and when it emerged here this Celtic Connections’ gig truly bumped into life. It’s a flowing, chiming, rocky track and raised the temperature significantly. That’s not to say the opening songs were dull, far from it – they proved to be muscled, unhurried, sensitive, lush and warming with no … [Read more...] about THE BARR BROTHERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, SAINT LUKE’S, GLASGOW, JANUARY 28, 2018.
Review - Fretless and Cara Dillon at Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 27Jan Making their first visit to Scotland, Canadian band Fretless won many new friends at the New Auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall. As the support act for Cara Dillon their exciting and innovative musical arrangements had the sell-out audience in raptures. The band consisting of Karrnnel … [Read more...] about Review – Fretless and Cara Dillon at Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 27th Jan
The secret of what musical mates, Hayes Carll and Corb Lund get up to in hotel rooms when they go on tour is now out. They shared their nocturnal activities (that is playing music together) full-on during this lusty, rough’n’tumble, double bill Celtic Connections’ gig with both men in great humour and sparkling form musically, singing about grave digging, war, horses, and … [Read more...] about HAYES CARLL and CORB LUND, Celtic Connections, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, January 26, 2018.
There’s only a very few performers that can hold an audience in the palm of their hands. There are even fewer who can do so in a venue with a 2,000+ audience such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, all by themselves, with a handful of guitars, harmonica and a didgeridoo. One such artist is Scotland’s much loved troubadour, Dougie MacLean OBE. Dougie’s set list is garnered … [Read more...] about Dougie MacLean – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 24/1/18
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.
New Focus Jazz Quartet & Juan De Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Monday 22/1/18 If you were looking for a night of rhythmic music filled with soul and passion this was the night for it. Starting the night were New Focus Jazz Quartet who are Euan Stevenson (piano), Konrad Wisniewski (saxophone), Mario Caribe (Double Bass) and Alyn Cosker … [Read more...] about New Focus Jazz Quartet & Juan De Marcos Afro-Cuban All Star -GRCH – 22nd Jan 2018 -Review
Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 21st Jan 2018 This was a night of two very different singer songwriters, both very good, and very easy to listen to. The majority of the large audience if they were being honest were there to hear the renowned Brian Kennedy but would have been won over by the support performance of lesser known Adriana … [Read more...] about Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket 21st Jan Review
KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira - A stunning evening of repertoire. First up ‘Lahira’, a collaboration involving two well known faces from their own collaboration with ‘India Alba’, Gyan Singh and Sharat Srivastava, joined by master electro vocalist Jason Singh, guitarist Joe Harrison-Greaves and Gaelic singer Ann Martin. From the start its obvious that this is no … [Read more...] about KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira – City Halls – 21st Jan 2018 – Review