Multi award winning singer Emily Smith took to the stage in the main auditorium of Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as though she was stepping into her living room. Celebrating ten years in the business Emily Smith wowed the audience with songs from her albums “Traivellers Joy” and the newly released “Ten Years”.
Despite being heavily pregnant this did not deter Emily playing to this sell out crowd.
Apologising to the audience for perching on a stool whilst playing her accordion because of her “bump”, this crowd would not have minded her sitting with her feet up such was the high standard of her music.
As you may have already guessed, this was a very accomplished and thoroughly enjoyable concert and I look forward to hearing more from Emily after she takes time out to have her baby.
The Shetland based band Fiddlers Bid made a welcome return to Celtic Connections. This seven piece band consisting of four fiddles piano/clarsach, acoustic guitar and bass guitar did what they do best, playing traditional Shetland tunes to a very high tempo and standard.
Led by Chris Stout they marvelled the crowd with their breath-taking fiddle playing. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see the fiddle
bows burst into flames due to friction at the
velocity they passed over the fiddle strings.
Often called a “Musical Tornado” they certainly lived up to that tag. Shetland is known for its wonderful fiddle playing and these guys are no exception. Their final set prior to the encore was an incredible fourteen minutes long.
Maurice Henderson and Chris Stout regaled the audience with humourous stories how some of the tunes came about which once you understood their dialect helped make this an extremely entertaining concert.