Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 21st Jan 2018
This was a night of two very different singer songwriters, both very good, and very easy to listen to. The majority of the large audience if they were being honest were there to hear the renowned Brian Kennedy but would have been won over by the support performance of lesser known Adriana Spina.
Adriana herself admitted that when she took to the stage however proceeded to give a very gutsy and powerful performance. Adriana has been in the business for over ten years and has released two albums, the last one “Let Out The Dark” being released last year. She sang songs from both albums as well as other material most of which was written by her. The songs were very personal to her and covered various important parts of her life. One such song which was intended as a Christmas song but was included on the album as it was so good was “Sparkle”. Sparkle she definitely did with her driven guitar music and powerfully clear voice. Her music crosses between folk and Americana. Although Adriana Spina was not mentioned on the tickets people were definitely mentioning her name at the end of a wonderful performance.
Brian Kennedy hails from Belfast and has performed over the years with the likes of Van Morrison, Riverdance, and Secret Garden. I liken him to a younger version of fellow Irishman Daniel O’ Donnell as he has a huge female following. Tonights audience however was a very mixed one of age and gender, although that did not hinder Brian who had them eating out of his hand from the opening song “Just One Kiss” to his final one “Carrickfergus”. It was a very polished performance from the consummate professional. It wasn’t hard to see why he has recorded over fifteen albums and performed all over the world. There was one particular song that everyone wanted Brian Kennedy to perform and he didn’t disappoint. There was an air of electricity as he sang his spine chilling rendition of “You Raise Me Up”. This song written by Secret Garden’s Rolf Løvland has been recorded by over a hundred different artists but Brian Kennedy does it as well as anyone and famously sang it at George Bests funeral.
Brian Kennedy embarks on a mini tour of the UK in April so get along and catch him live. Check out his website www.briankennedy.co.uk/ for details.
Danny Matheson Presenter Celtic Music Radio