On Festival Fling on Saturday 8 February 2014 at 2.00pm, the first concert is from Kristina Olsen from Stonehaven Folk Festival 2013. This year’s Stonehaven festival dates are 10 -13 July 2014. Kristina will be appearing at Summerhills Concert in Moffat
Kristina graces these shores too infrequently and to quote Roots and Reel: ‘’To begin with the songs, they are those wonderful gems of song writing which don’t rely on any particular genre for their beginnings.
Olsen builds melodies, not styles. She can wind them into unpredictable combinations which then become lovely melodies or she can deliver them in straight lines which become jazz-or blues-oriented pieces. Her guitar stylings are wide, ranging from delicate, complicated runs to aggressive direct blues runs.
She’s a sharp guitarist, able to provide herself with both the rhythm and lead pieces she needs to give her songs solid solo support.
As a storyteller, Olsen is similarly wonderful, mixing earthy observations about herself and those around with the occasional comment about society’s various shortcomings.
Most of all, though, Olsen is funny, noting those things which innocently point out where she and all of us provide material for comic relief. She’s talented, funny, and observant, and consequently she becomes the witty friend who shares her life with you, not preaching to you or insisting on our praise to maintain the friendship.
So sit back and be entertained.
For the second half of the show, look forward to Celtic Quines Katherine Macleod,
Celine Donoghue and Eilidh Grant who are appearing at the Star Folk Club http ://www.starfolkclub.com/star_gig_guide.htm this Tuesday, 11 February at 7.30pm. The first half of the concert with Eilidh Grant and her band from the last gig they did at the Star Folk Club in St Andrews in the Square, Glasgow before it moved to it’s current location The Admiral Bar, 72 Waterloo Street, Glasgow.
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My thanks to John Weatherby at soundsense.biz