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Category Archive: Concert reviews

Jan 28

Lindsay Lou and The Flatbellys / Blazin’ Fiddles / Manran – The Barrowlands Celtic Connections 20th Jan 2017

A trio of tremendous acts wowed the 2000 sell out audience at the iconic Barrowlands ballroom as part of Celtic Connections Festival 2017. Rarely in it’s history has this venue had so much wonderful talent on the bill on the same evening. First on stage were Michigan based band Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys bringing …

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Jan 28

101 Scottish Songs (The Wee Red Book) St Andrews In The Square Celtic Connections, 21st Jan 2017

Back in 1962 a book of over 100 traditional Scottish folk songs was put together by Norman Buchan and published by Harper Collins. One of the most influential books of folk songs ever compiled which provided a foundation repertoire to many a young singer in the 60s. These songs were a collection of the most …

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Jan 25

MARGO PRICE, Oran Mor, Glasgow – Celtic Connections, January 24, 2017

Her lucid songs may be hewn from the sad dirt and upsetting dust of her upbringing and difficult younger life – a biopic, perhaps? – but Margo Price sure does deliver them with great fire, no little wit, loads of tenderness and an approach to performing that is just great to be around. This was …

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Jan 21

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, CELTIC CONNECTIONS, DRYGATE, GLASGOW: JANUARY 20, 2017

This sold-out inaugural Celtic Connections 2017 Drygate gig was not short of politics on a monumental day States-side, however, this musical set from Hurray For The Riff Raff was voted a fine one. The band’s bass player wore a T-shirt with the bold wording “Not My President” on it and free-thinking activist, Alynda Lee Segarra …

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Oct 10

CHIP TAYLOR, Glasgow Americana Festival, October 7, 2016.

  I was lucky enough to be able to do a CMR interview with Chip Taylor before this bewitching Glasgow Americana 10th Anniversary Festival gig. He was charming, funny, hugely interesting and engaging – and he was the same on stage with a brilliant set list that showed just why he enjoys legendary status. Inducted …

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Jul 11

Tony McManus at the Wynd Centre, Paisley 10/7/16

Virtuoso guitarist Tony McManus made a long awaited return to his home town,  Paisley, after a fourteen year absence to a warm reception from a sold out audience in the Wynd Venue. In what was a very intimate concert McManus enthralled the audience with his exquisite guitar playing.  Now living in Elora in Ontario, this …

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Feb 29

DAN STUART, STEREO, GLASGOW – FEBRUARY 25, 2016

On the wall stage left, there hung a wooden, tribal-type facemask next to a fire extinguisher. Used together, I’m certain, they would have had no effect whatsoever trying to contain or quell this spirited and blazingly inspirational gig by Dan Stuart who was, once again on Glasgow soil, in cracking form. He was brilliant: edgy, funny, …

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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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