One of Scotland’s best Highland harmonica players made a long awaited and welcome return to Celtic Connections on Friday the 25 January in the National Piping Centre, Glasgow.
Accompanied by Ross Wilson on keyboards and Alan Nairn on guitar, Donald Black enthralled the audience with some tremendous highland music.
An experienced performer, Donald “sooked and blawed” his way through strathspeys, reels, pipe marches and slow airs thoroughly entertaining the audience throughout. His ability to go from one harmonica to another in mid tune without losing a beat is quite incredible.
This maestro on the humble moothie was meticulous in giving credit to the writer of each tune and relating any story around the title of any track. Interspersing the tremendous music with good humour made for an entertaining evening to the capacity crowd.
One of the undoubted highlights of the evening
was Donald’s arrangement of Fergie MacDonald’s tune Afghanistan which was played beautifully as a slow air and had the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end.
With a new album Dreams and Dances due out this week, a number of tracks off it were played during the show. If that show is anything to go by the album will be another absolute gem.
The evening was concluded with a lengthy set of approximately eleven different tunes and resulted in rapturous applause.
This concert finished all too early and the audience would quite willingly have remained in their seats considerably longer being entertained by the wit and tremendous music of this musical genius.