Review – Ross Couper and Tom Oakes at Celtic Connections 24th Jan by Danny Matheson
After supporting acts from Syria and Estonia the audience were ready for music that has deep roots in Scottish tradition. Enter good friends Ross Couper and Tom Oakes. This pair have been playing together for many years and know each other so very well which reflects in the exquisite music they play.
From fast and furious to soft and melancholic Ross and Tom have it all. They bounce off each other so very well with their humour and stories and are perfectly matched with their musical prowess. Playing a good mixture of traditional and self penned tunes that just seemed to get faster and faster they had the audience in awe with what they were hearing. Going from tunes like “Cathcart” to “Rocky Road From Norwich” and “Darcys Reel” to the more sedate “Norwegian Bridal March” and “Shetland Rose” it was a very entertaining night. All the tunes were introduced with various anecdotes as to how the tunes came about. These are two very skilled musicians who know how to entertain.
As well as being superb musicians they are also wonderful people. Having played in Australia a couple of times they, like many people, have been touched with horrors of whole villages been lost in the horrific bush fires. They announced that half of the proceeds from their album sales would be going to an Australian charity as well as having created a just giving page for the same charity. Maybe a small gesture but an extremely meaningful one which shows the humility of them.
Should you get the opportunity to see Ross Couper and Tom Oakes perform I highly recommend that you take that opportunity.if for no other reason to see the energy they put into their act.
They also stated that they were helping to raise funds for a community in Australia that has been wiped out by bush fires – link below