With an mini invasion from Orkney, there were no chairs required as it’s standing room only when THE CHAIR are in town.
Whilst I say there was only standing room it certainly does not mean the audience were standing still. That is a physical impossibility as soon as these guys take to the stage. The energy and vibrancy of this band compels the crowd to stamp their feet, clap their hands and dance to the bands’ musical magic.
This nine piece band proved to be one of the highlights of this Celtic Connections festival.
Their Orcadian tunes have the feel of a rock gig but the instruments are the traditional fiddles, accordions, guitars, banjos and drums. The sets they played blended mellifluously into each other from heart thumping reels and jigs to slow waltzes. The audience were lulled in more than one occasion to start applauding before a set was finished. The Chair barely stopped to gather breath from one tune to the next.
The adoration of the fans to this band was quite incredible and expectations very high.
Needless to say they were not disappointed as the guys blasted out many of their favourites such as Festival Reels, Cluck Old Hen and of course the title track of their latest album The Road To Hammer Junkie. With the added spice of having the support act Fara accompanying them on a few of the tracks the atmosphere and music was quite stupendous.
The members of The Chair are all very good musicians and coupled with their humour on stage made for a memorable concert.
Never before have I seen an entire audience kneel on a concrete floor on the instructions of accordion player Bob Gibbon and then jump to their feet as one when the music was ramped up during the encore. Incredible!
Presenter @ Celtic Music Radio
Pic: thanks to Iain McDonagh for permission to use his photo.