Having not heard Tom McConville playing before I was in for an unexpected treat. This man who hails from Newcastle is not just an excellent fiddle player but also a very good singer with a silky smooth voice.
Accompanied by three other band members on stage, Tom’s typical Geordie humour helped this concert flow along. Singing some traditional folk songs and some songs from his Irish ancestry there was some fantastic harmonies and tremendous musicianship not least from Tom McConville himself. Throughout the delivery of this show was to the highest standard and was much appreciated by a capacity crowd.
My only gripe about this performance is that the band weren’t on stage long enough. I would have loved to have seen them do quite a few more songs and tunes. They were very entertaining. I will certainly watch out for Tom McConville in the future.
This may have been the last night
of Celtic Connections 2013, however, it was certainly a case of leaving one of the
best until last. This band have been at the forefront of Scottish music revival for a number of years now and will be for years to come yet with performances such as the one they gave on this night.
The band members have changed over the years but the style and their vivaciousness certainly hasn’t.
The current lineup is Alasdair White, Mike Katz, Sean O’ Donnell and Ewan Henderson.
Latest recruit Ewan brings a new dimension to this band with his undoubted talent on
the fiddle, bagpipes and piano let alone his singing ability. The fiddle solo he gave near the end of the show was scintillating.
The Battlefield Band have many years experience in entertaining crowds and they definitely entertained the crowd this evening with their fusion of pipes, whistles, fiddles and guitar.
They have a unique versatility and with the combination of traditional tunes along with self penned ones this was one show not to be missed.