Undivided was a commissioned piece which brought together trumpeter Neil Yates with flautist/piper Michael McGoldrick backed by a 21 piece jazz orchestra and integrated traditional folk tunes with a modern twist.
Michael explained that the two had met many years ago when he first heard Neil Yates playing a folk tune on his trumpet after a rehearsal and was astounded at his versatility on it, however this concert was the first time they had actually played together.
Some of the tunes had a very modern jazz twist which received warm applause from the audience, however when McGoldrick & Yates played more of the traditional tunes with their fingers flying on the instruments, the crowd definitely appreciated it more.
They were accompanied on stage by some of our finest musicians and singers throughout the performance including Ewan Burton on double bass, Hamish Napier on piano, Catriona McKay on clarsach, Greg Lawson & his band, with the singing being superbly done by Siobhan Miller and Darren MacLean
The pieces included ‘Dark Holds The Night’, ‘Heathercroft’, ‘False False’, ‘Borve Castle’ to the fast and almost frenetic ‘Tommy & Ronnie’s Double Tonic’. We then were treated to the lovely voice of Siobhan again with an Edmund Muir poem – the aptly named ‘Scotland’s Winter‘ before we heard Catriona and Chris with a piece she had written entitled ‘ Stout’s Trip’ about a journey she and Chris had taken in Canada.
Throughout this time the Scottish Power Pipe Band were on stage too accompanying the songs. Towards the end, Darren MacLean sang a wonderful rendition of a Gaelic love song – a capello – highlighting his talent as a great traditional singer and then the concert finished with a set of marches.
There was, of course, an encore with many of the audience giving a standing ovation to all of the performers on the stage. This duo certainly have a lot to offer Scottish music in the future.