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Category Archive: Concert reviews

Feb 04

COLTER WALL and TYLER CHILDERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW, February 3, 2018.

All the young dudes were out in force – well, two to be exact – to bring their selection of fine songs and American songbook influences to this Celtic Connections’ gig, leaving us fairly certain that we’ll be hearing a lot more of them both. From Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Canadian Colter Wall has a languid, …

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Feb 04

John Taylor – The World Is Watching

Album of the Week commencing Monday 5th February is The World Is Watching from John Taylor In 2009 John Taylor followed in the footsteps of David Grey by independently pressing a thousand copies of his first album Bring the Stars Alive which featured the song Pull You Through. That song proved to be a turning point …

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Feb 01

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, 02 ABC, GLASGOW, JANUARY 31, 2018.

The first of many gigs for Courtney Marie Andrews this year – she had 117 official shows in 2017 – convinced many fans here that they should be joining this beguiling singer/songwriter’s journeying by heading to Edinburgh when she returns with her band in April.

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Jan 31

Review – Dale Watson & The Lone Stars – 29th Jan 2018 at Celtic Connections

Dale Watson and The Lone Stars – Old Fruitmarket  29 Jan 2018 Hailing from Austin, Texas Dale Watson brought his own brand of country music and rockabilly to The Old Fruitmarket as part of Celtic Connections. Accompanied by his band The Lone Stars, named after the state of Texas, Dale treated the audience to a …

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Jan 30

Review -Maid Of The Loch Concert – Mitchell Theatre – 28th Jan 2018

Maid Of The Loch Concert – Mitchell Theatre 28 th Jan 2018 The Maid of the Loch was the last of the great paddle steamers built in the UK. Built on the Clyde and launched in 1953 it carried thousands of passengers in its many trips across Loch Lomond. The ship was retired from service …

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Jan 29

THE BARR BROTHERS, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, SAINT LUKE’S, GLASGOW, JANUARY 28, 2018.

The Queens Of The Breakers is the title track of The Barr Brothers latest release – and when it emerged here this Celtic Connections’ gig truly bumped into life. It’s a flowing, chiming, rocky track and raised the temperature significantly. That’s not to say the opening songs were dull, far from it – they proved …

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Jan 29

Review – Fretless and Cara Dillon at Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 27th Jan

Review – Fretless and Cara Dillon at Royal Concert Hall – Saturday 27Jan Making their first visit to Scotland, Canadian band Fretless won many new friends at the New Auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall. As the support act for Cara Dillon their exciting and innovative musical arrangements had the sell-out audience in raptures. The …

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Jan 27

HAYES CARLL and CORB LUND, Celtic Connections, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, January 26, 2018.

The secret of what musical mates, Hayes Carll and Corb Lund get up to in hotel rooms when they go on tour is now out. They shared their nocturnal activities (that is playing music together) full-on during this lusty, rough’n’tumble, double bill Celtic Connections’ gig with both men in great humour and sparkling form musically, …

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Jan 25

Dougie MacLean – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 24/1/18

There’s only a very few performers that can hold an audience in the palm of their hands. There are even fewer who can do so in a venue with a 2,000+ audience such as the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, all by themselves, with a handful of guitars, harmonica and a didgeridoo. One such artist is …

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Jan 25

MANDOLIN ORANGE, Celtic Connections, The Mackintosh Church, Glasgow, Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

It was by chance that Mandolin Orange’s Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz met at a blue grass festival nine years ago – but it is the fans of their warming and deftly created music who are definitely the lucky ones.

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