“What a great idea to have a concert for carers” said Pat Kane when he came onto stage during this evening’s event. The number of unpaid cares in Scotland alone stands at around 650,000 – a staggering figure. This concert, organised by The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, celebrated the work of these carers with a myriad of artists who performed free of charge.
Each set of around ten minutes consisted of two or three songs.
The first half was commenced by Ayrshire lad, Jamie McGeechan, alias Little Fire, with his acoustic set and followed by Siobhan Wilson, a young lady with a sensuous voice and lovely guitar style who is not, I am sure, the terrible woman she claimed to be in song.
Five piece rock band Cassidy followed, then we were treated to the powerful vocals of Horse McDonald for two excellent numbers. Hue and Cry finished the first half: a special mention for their last number, Michael Marra’s ‘Mother Glasgow’.
After the interval Joe Nesbitt Jnr. took the stage with his bluesy gospel sound (my favourite act of the evening), followed by young Emma Pollock and the Cairn String Quartet.
Tommy Reilly was next with his acoustic set followed by Glasgow’s six piece Admiral Fallow.
Eddie Reader was the final act of the evening. ‘Let It Be Me’ performed with her son Frank Reader of The Trashcan Sanatras was ‘chust sublime’ and her impersonation of her Auntie Bessie’s rendition of the song Madonna was hilarious and brought back memories of what New Year used to be like in the West of Scotland.
Everyone appeared back on stage for a rousing performance of ‘Lean On Me’.
Closing remarks by compere Cathy MacDonald and dementia campaigner Tommy Whitelaw completed a great and varied evening.