New Auditorium Sun 3rd February 2019
By DANNY MATHESON
What a fitting way to finish Celtic Connections with probably one of our best female singers and musical directors. Siobhan was immense with the accompaniment of a big band around her. The New Auditorium of the GRCH suited her vocals perfectly as she went through her repertoire of new and old songs.
Siobhan has a crystal clear voice and an incredible vocal range which she uses with great confidence. Every lyric of every song could be heard and understood which is a rarity in these days of 100 mph songs and tunes. Her latest album “Mercury” obviously featured prominently in the playlist however true to her style Siobhan also sang a lot of songs from her back catalogue such as “The Bank’s of Newfoundland” and ”Ramblin’ Rover” as well as her first recorded song “If I Had Known”. Each song delivered to great aplomb and note perfect.
Accompanying Siobhan on the night were Megan Henderson (fiddle and backing vocals), Rachel Lightbody (backing vocals), Louis Abbott (drums), Innes White (guitar), Conor Smith electric guitar), John Lowrie (piano and keyboard) and Euan Burton (double bass and bass). They all contributed to a fabulous concert which was like a story of an ongoing journey.
The support act for the night were two very talented musicians, Norwegian fiddler Olav Mjelva and American guitarist and singer Eli West. Both were very skilful musicians and played songs and tunes from their latest album “Hand To Play”. Olav has a very casual, laid back style of playing the fiddle, holding it in the crook of his arm as opposed to on the shoulder and Eli a wonderful style of guitar playing and excellent voice.