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Category Archive: Danny Matheson

Feb 04

James Grant At Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 31/1/16

Scottish rock star James Grant had not one but two sell out gigs in this Celtic Connections Festival. It was a case of rock music meets orchestral music with the introduction of the Hallelujah String Ensemble. An inspired combination. Seasoned campaigner James Grant was on top form as he delivered a top notch performance ably accompanied by …

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Feb 04

Taylor & Leigh At Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 31/1/16

This wonderful brother and sister duo made a very welcome return to Glasgow on what was possibly their biggest audience to date. Playing to a capacity crowd in this brand new RSNO auditorium they made many new admirers with a stunning performance. Just a few days before this concert Heather Leigh was in her sick …

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Feb 04

Transatlantic Sessions At Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 31/1/16

The traditional finale of the wonderful Celtic Connections Festival is the all star Transatlantic Session. A capacity audience were enthralled with over two and a half hours of music that ranged from spine chilling to heart thumping. This was a quite outstanding array of musical talent rarely seen on a stage at the same time. …

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Feb 02

Blazin’ Fiddles At O2 ABC 30/1/16

Having seen Blazin Fiddles a few times before I never thought they could surpass previous performances – I was wrong!! Bruce MacGregor on announcing the band said “Blazin Fiddles play music fast, then they play faster and anything else is monumental – He was not wrong!! This gig was quite extraordinary. If you came to …

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Feb 02

The Elephant Sessions At O2 ABC 30/1/16

The relatively unknown highlanders came to town and left with their reputation enhanced and many more admirers. Rarely before have a support act rocked a venue as much as The Elephant Sessions did on this evening. They were immense! Like many other people my entry into this gig was needlessly delayed by poor stewarding which …

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Feb 02

Rachel Hair Trio At The Art Club (Glasgow) 29/1/16

Fresh from gigging in Norway and just before flying out again on another Scandinavian tour via Denmark and Sweden the Rachel Hair Trio Showed why they are in such demand. A marvellous Celtic Connections concert in this bands home city to a sell out audience. The intricacies of Rachel Hair’s Celtic Harp and the subtlety of the double …

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Feb 01

Daoiri Farrell At The Art Club 29/1/16

Fresh from appearing the previous night with his band Four Winds this singer songwriter from Dublin took to the stage with bouzouki in hand and proceeded to enthral this sell out audience with some wonderful Irish folk songs. Daoiri Farrell is a very accomplished entertainer with his mix of music and humour. In this very …

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Feb 01

Four Winds At St Andrews In The Square 28/1/16

As finalists in last years Danny Kyle Open Stage, Four Winds took advantage of one of the prizes which is a supporting role in this years Celtic Connections Festival. They did so with gusto and a vibrancy more akin to seasoned performers and not a fledgling band. Led by renowned singer songwriter Daoiri  Farrell this …

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Jan 31

The Poozies At St Andrews In The Square 28/1/16

Fresh from a tour in Australia this 4 piece all female band took to the stage of a packed St Andrews in the Square to celebrate 25 years in the business. The crowd expecting tunes from the past 25 years were not disappointed as the Poozies played a mix of old and new material. Four …

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Jan 20

Freeland Barbour At The Old Fruitmarket 19/1/16

This was a night showcasing Scottish music and in particular the life and times of Freeland Barbour and his new book “The Music And The Land” which is a compilation of his compositions and photography from Cailean  Maclean. The book covers Freeland’s travels and the music from those journeys. Various musicians write introductions to each …

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