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Category: Danny Matheson

Sorren Maclean at Royal Concert Hall 18/1/16

Sorren Maclean took to the stage in the Concert Hall’s as a support artist but gave a performance worthy of a headline act. He was totallyi comfortable in this large arena straight from the outset. Taking to the stage with guitar over his shoulder this talented singer / songwriter from Mull joked with the audience …

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Review: Mànran at 02 ABC Glasgow, Saturday 31 January 2015

Such was the demand for tickets to see Mànran, Celtic Connections organisers switched venues from The Arches to the bigger O2 ABC in Sauchiehall Street. This was still not big enough to host this ever popular band. This band who are based in Glasgow could have sold out an even bigger venue however those that …

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Review: Blazin’ Fiddles ‘Strings Attached’, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Friday 30 January 2015

If you came along to this Blazin’ Fiddles gig expecting their usual excellent, vibrant fiddling you would not be disappointed. There was that and a whole lot more including some very special guests in Aoife O’Donovan, Rachel Sermanni, Adam Holmes and not forgetting the Inverness Gaelic Choir. This concert was set as though Bruce MacGregor …

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Review: Horse – “The Diamond Speaks”, Mitchell Theatre, Thursday 29 January 2015

Inspired by an elderly aunt, Horse McDonald, studied back through history and in particular writings by Historical Scottish Woman for her latest project. The research turned up many stories and poems by many famous Scottish women, including Mary Queen of Scots, which had been largely forgotten about. Horses’ task was to turn these writings into …

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Review: Francis Black and Kieran Goss, Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall, Tuesday 27 January 2015

The reunion of these two wonderful Irish singer-songwriters was long overdue and demand to see them was so much that not only did they sell out their scheduled gig at Celtic Connections but also sold out an added night too. This was a truly magical evening in the Concert Hall in Glasgow. Francis Black and …

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The Chaplins at Strathclyde Suite, Royal Concert Hall – Tuesday 27/1/15

  As finalists of last year’s Danny Kyle Open Stage, one of the prizes is a supporting slot on one of the main stages of this years Celtic Connections. The Chaplins proved they were worthy of the big stage. They used this opportunity to show this sell out audience how good they were. With their …

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Review: The Chair at The Old Fruitmarket – Sunday 25 January

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 …

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Review: Fara at The Old Fruitmarket – Sunday 25 January 2015

On a night when Glasgow was invaded by Orkney, we were promised a night of mouthwatering and foot-tapping music from The Chair and Fara. In time honoured tradition it was a case of ladies first, and onto the stage came the all female band, Fara. Whilst I say all female band, they generally are, but …

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Review: Le Vent du Nord at the Old Fruitmarket – Saturday 17 January 2015

Le Vent Du Nord are a progressive folk quartet from the French speaking area of Quebec in Canada. Accompanied by a number of special guests this was always going to be one of those special Celtic Connections gigs. It certainly was just that! The packed standing audience at the Old Fruitmarket on Saturday night, 17 …

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Review: The Pearlfishers, The Mitchell Theatre – Friday 16 January 2015

Fronted by David Scott, The Pearlfishers are a five-piece band ,but took to the stage tonight (Friday, 16 January) accompanied by a string septept (seven  people) and a six person chorus line. This gave a whole new dimension to the already wonderful sound of this Scottish rock band. The Pearlfishers were originally formed in 1982 and have …

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