Planet Waves running order: 2nd February 2016

PLANET WAVES running order: 2nd February 2016 – drink

title – artist – album – label – origin

Mama – Blick Bassy – Akö – No Format! NOF 28 – Cameroon

Hey Mom – Nathan Abshire and the Pinegrove Boys – Nathan Abshire and the Pinegrove Boys – Flyright FLYCD 19 – Louisiana Cajun

Feabhra: Medley (Air/Slow reel/Thunderhead): An Erc’h War An Enezeg (Snow On The Island) / Brenda Stubbert’s / Thunderhead – Lúnasa – Lúnasa – Compass Records – Ireland

Galloway Tam – Junkman’s Choir – Reel, Rattle ‘n’ Roar – Yonko JCYON 15 – Ayrshire

Magangué – Sidestepper – Suprnatural Love – Real World CDRW 211 – Colombia

Drunk – Angaleena Presley – American Middle Class – Thirty Tigers – USA

Drunken Madness – Shuishan Yu – Guqin Music “The Pure Sound Of Mountain And Water” – Shuishan Yu – China

Exhilaration – Alireza Ghorbani & Dorsaf Hamdani – Rapture: Rite of Khayam – Accords Croisés AC 142 – Iran/Tunisia

You were drunk – Rose Polenzani & Session Americana – When the River Meets the Sea – n/a – Massachusetts

Friendship – Naag Ra Geet – Nepal: Musique Nomades – Air Mail SA 141274 – Nepal

Trip to Durow – Tommie Potts – Traditional Fiddle Music from Dublin – RTÉ 269 CD – Ireland

Farewell to Erin – Tommie Potts – Traditional Fiddle Music from Dublin – RTÉ 269 CD – Ireland

We Can Be Together – Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers – RCA/BMG Heritage 82876 61642 2 – California

One Love – Blick Bassy – Akö – No Format! NOF 28 – Cameroon

Echo Blues (sig tune: few seconds) – Frank Wakefield – That was now… this is then! – Rosewood RA 62096 – Tennessee

 

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The Elephant Sessions At O2 ABC 30/1/16

The Elephant Sessions At O2 ABC 30/1/16

Feb 2, 2016

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 left many ticket holders queuing for a very lengthy time before gaining access. They missed out on a sensational gig. Drawing from different genres of music this quintet were winners of the MG Alba Up and Coming Act of the year in 2014 and fully justified their place at Celtic Connections. With pulsating drum beats, electric guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and fiddle they produced a sound that was quite unique. Powering through sets such as Misty Badger, Bulgaria and I Used To Be A Nice Boy they had the crowd in raptures.

From what I saw of this band I was hugely impressed. They had a tremendous stage presence, a great awareness of what would keep the crowd jumping and wonderful musicality. They released their debut album, The Elusive Highland Beauty, last summer which must now be a must buy album after this performance.

 

Danny Matheson

Presenter

Celtic Music Radio

 

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

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

Feb 2, 2016

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 bass played by Cameron Maxwell combined with the vocals and guitar playing of Jenn Butterworth is an inspired and wondrous combination. This was a night of pure magic. Rachel totally immerses herself in her harp playing and her playing style is quite unique and is ably accompanied by the musicianship of Jenn and Cameron.

This band recently released their third album “Tri” with many tracks from the album showcased in this concert including Jigs For Mann, Starry Eyed Lads, Tune For Esme, Duke Of Fife’s Welcome To Deeside and My Darling Fair One. Rachel explained that she likes to delve into the musical archives for long forgotten tunes which she gives a modern twist to and she did not disappoint by coming up with another fine old tune.

Each tune played and every song sung was delivered with  passion and panache, slipping seamlessly between fast jigs and slow airs. A truly wonderful night of music coupled with humourous tales on how the tunes came about made for a very enjoyable evening.

 

Danny Matheson

Presenter

Celtic Music Radio

Daoiri Farrell At The Art Club 29/1/16

Daoiri Farrell At The Art Club 29/1/16

Feb 1, 2016

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 intimate venue he was in his element. Clearly suffering from a sore throat he showed true professionalism as he sang and played his way through songs and tunes including, “Mickey Dam” “Bound For Van Diemans Land” “Fergie McCormick” and “Creggan White Hare”. The audience loved this performance and when Daoiri put down his beloved bouzouki and sang an unaccompanied version of one of his hits, they gave a very a rapturous applause which was thoroughly deserved.

Having been present at his concert the previous night I was worried that he may use the same humourous tales in between his songs but I needn’t have been concerned as he had plenty of material in his repertoire. He is as natural a storyteller as he is a singer. With a clear and pure voice and excellent playing skills this young man has a big future ahead of him.

 

Danny Matheson

Presenter

Celtic Music Radio

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

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

Feb 1, 2016

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 four piece Irish band entertained this packed audience from the outset. Blending their typical Irish craic with their own style of music it didn’t take long for the seated public to be tapping their feet and swaying along with the tunes including  “Farewell To The Gold” a jigs and marches set “Sweet Marie“, the evergreen “Ludlow Massacre” and the Black Valley Reel. This quartet are refreshing in their music playing traditional music in a modern and creative manner.

Band members are Daoiri Farrell on bouzouki and vocals, Caroline Keane on concertina, Tom Delaney on uilleann pipes and whistles, and Robbie Walsh on bodhran. On speaking to Caroline after the concert I said she reminded me of Sharon Shannon with her infectious smile and mannerisms whilst playing. This was no mean compliment and speaks volumes on how highly I rate this band. I’ve no doubt they will return to Celtic Connections in the future as a headline act.

 

Danny Matheson

Presenter

Celtic Music Radio

Gretchen Peters, Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, January 31, 2016

Gretchen Peters, Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, January 31, 2016

Feb 1, 2016

 

While her first two albums were released to varying shades of indifference, according to Gretchen Peters, the Grammy nominee has gathered such a loyal and sizeable following in these parts that this was her second consecutive gig at Celtic Connections.

And it was a spirited set throughout with songs spanning the 20 years since the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member first visited Glasgow. Many she sang feature on the double CD, The Essential Gretchen Peters, released to co-incide with this Scottish tour.

There is a warming elegance about her and though her heartfelt songs may tackle tough topics, as you would expect, Peters massages them expertly, managing to make some of them sound almost downright soothing. A finely balanced band that gave her space but edgy support when required takes a lot of the credit for the overall buzz and emotion of a seamlessly, tasteful, carefully-crafted set.

From last year’s hugely praised, Blackbirds, the title song is absorbing while When All You Got Is A Hammer was a raucous and infectious romp that would have graced the sweaty stage of a jam-packed bar let alone the dramatic and refined features of this venue. At the other end of the tempo/volume scale, she movingly selected When You Are Old from her 1996 debut album, The Secret of Life in a dedication to Sir Terry Wogan, as, she told us, he had been a great supporter of her music over the years.

The striking favourites, On A Bus To St Cloud and When You Love Someone, a co-write with Bryan Adams, were performed with intense style, affection and feeling, demonstrating the commitment Peters has to her art and, indeed, her audience. It was an altogether classy affair.

MIKE RITCHIE


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