Main Auditorium Monday 21st January 2019
From Celtic Connections Festival 17 Jan to 3 Feb 2019
By DANNY MATHESON
To set the scene for this wonderful concert imagine yourself in a Portuguese resort overlooking the sea. The sky is blue and you’re sat with a nice cold drink with musicians playing their traditional music in the background. Waves are crashing onto the shore with great velocity and cacophony of noise then calmly retreating back into the sea. Mariza’s voice is like these waves, delivered with astonishing power and strength yet so smooth and clear as the wave ebbs back.
This woman from Portugal and of African descent was simply outstanding. Singing entirely in her native tongue she had the audience transfixed with her singing and tremendous stage presence. The stage in the main auditorium of the concert hall is a very large one but she had complete command of it. Accompanied by five fabulous musicians playing guitars, percussion and accordion and very clever use of the lighting it was a tremendous show. Although very few people could understand the lyrics of her songs which went back twenty years to her first album right up to current day, the emotion and passion from Mariza was enough to tug at the heartstrings. As she says “Music does not need a language, music is pure love”!
Opening the show was another female vocalist albeit from closer to home. The award winning Mischa Macpherson gave a rendition of some of the songs she’s been commissioned to do for a New Voices concert in the Strathclyde Suite on Sunday 27th January. Mischa who is a wonderful gaelic singer sang songs about as diverse as “the mind of seals” and “a mouse stealing a man’s tooth”. Gaelic songs have no limits!