Review – Roaming Routes Review , at Celtic Connections 27th Jan by Danny Matheson
Roaming Roots Revue Born To Run: 70th Birthday Tribute to Bruce Springsteen at the Old Fruitmarket on 27 Jan 2020
Roaming Roots Revue is in it’s 8th year at Celtic Connections. Led by Roddy Hart and his Loansome Fire band this Revue paid homage to Bruce Springsteen in celebration of his 70th birthday. Springsteen has written and sung many songs which mean so much to so many people over the years and brought enormous joy to his followers. To go through his back catalogue and do it justice was no mean feat
Hart and his many guests did just that. Roddy Hart and the Lonesome Fire got the night off to a rip roaring start with “Growin’ Up” and then he continued to compere the rest of the concert introducing and musically accompanying the many guests. The guest list included The Rails, Ryan Bingham, Karine Polwart, Jonathan Wilson, Phil Campbell, Lisa Hannigan and Craig Finn. Hart explained that the first half was predominantly a means of introduction to the artists and as such they could perform their own material however the second half was exclusively Springsteens songs. Most did their own songs with the exception of Phil Campbell who did an excellent version of “Western Stars” and Craig Finn a rousing rendition of “Thunderland”.
The second half was wall to wall Bruce Springsteen which had the packed crowd in raptures. From the fragility of Lisa Hannigan singing “I’m on Fire” to the raucous Phil Campbell with “Hungry Heart”, the harmonies of The Rails singing “Because the Night” to the amazing guitar solo by James Walbourne (from The Rails) this had everything a Springsteen fan could wish for with the exception of the man himself.
This was an outstanding show put together by Roddy Hart who as well as compering the night extremely well played acoustic guitar, electric guitar and harmonica. He kept the night flowing very well. There was minimal chat and maximum music. With the amount of songs that Springsteen has written, Hart had a tough task picking a set list that sounded like a well produced album. A task he succeeded with to great aplomb.
Such was the popularity of this show an additional night was added to the schedule. This I was very pleased about as it allowed me to be present at the second performance. A show I would have hated to miss.
By Danny Matheson