This was a sell out concert with many people standing upstairs around the main auditorium of The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the audience were certainly not disappointed.
Kate bounced onto the stage giving a big broad Yorkshire ‘hello’ which immediately had everyone smiling back at her!
Although she was battling with a cold, this did not hinder her singing at all and she interspersed the songs with stories of the other musicians and her family, on how they choose the songs for the latest album ’20’ which celebrates her 20 years in the business as well as general tales about her life.
Many of the songs came form this album, however, it is a compilation of tunes from her previous ones, re-recorded with many special guests some of whom joined her on stage this night.
Her group of seven other musicians also includes her husband Damian O’Kane and they opened with Elfin Knight and Sun Grazers. Kate was then joined by Sarah Jarosz from Texas who has her own show at Celtic Connections (on 26 January) and a string quartet and they sang the Fairest of All and later on joined her again to sing Planets.
Kate carried on with The Unquiet Grave and The Wishing Wife – explaining the stories behind them.
As the night progressed, Eddi Reader came on to sing Sho Heen, and in the second half on Mocking Bird followed by Dick Gaughan accompanying her with Jolly Plough Boys. Her final guest was Jim Causey with I Courted a Sailor and whilst explaining that she never had done so herself, Kate wandered off onto other tales having the audience all laughing.
In the second half of the concert, her guests rejoined her and she also sang The Old Man, Walk The Road, The Good Man and The Bitter Boy accompanied on the piano by Celtic Connections artistic director Donald Shaw. The was one set of various reels and tunes which gave her a chance to rest her voice for a moment and Kate finished with Awkward Annie.
It really was a fabulous all round show and although I had never seen Kate live before, I would certainly go back again to see her.