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Category: Concert reviews

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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New Focus Jazz Quartet & Juan De Marcos Afro-Cuban All Star -GRCH – 22nd Jan 2018 -Review

New Focus Jazz Quartet & Juan De Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – Monday 22/1/18 If you were looking for a night of rhythmic music filled with soul and passion this was the night for it. Starting the night were New Focus Jazz Quartet who are Euan Stevenson (piano), Konrad Wisniewski …

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Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket 21st Jan Review

Adriana Spina & Brian Kennedy At The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 21st Jan 2018 This was a night of two very different singer songwriters, both very good, and very easy to listen to. The majority of the large audience if they were being honest were there to hear the renowned Brian Kennedy but would have …

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KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira – City Halls – 21st Jan 2018 – Review

KGB (Keenan, Gavin, Byrne) and Lahira   – A stunning evening of repertoire. First up ‘Lahira’, a collaboration involving two well known faces from their own collaboration with ‘India Alba’, Gyan Singh and Sharat Srivastava, joined by master electro vocalist Jason Singh, guitarist Joe Harrison-Greaves and Gaelic singer Ann Martin. From the start its obvious that …

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Boo Hewerdine & Band – Tron Theatre – Sun 21st Jan Review

Boo Hewerdine & Band Tron Theatre Sunday 21 January 2018 Magical things happen at Celtic Connections; that guy from The Bible turned up at an old church in Glasgow! “The Bible” being Boo’s first major band, of course. Always keen to be recognised as a writer (his ‘best of’ was called “Name In The Brackets”), it has …

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Jason Wilson & Friends Sat 20th Jan 2018 Review

Jason Wilson & Friends  The Tron, Glasgow  Saturday 20 January 2018. Scots Canadian, Jason Wilson (keys and vocals) worked with Dave Swarbrick towards the end of Swarb’s life. Jason, his band and guests, are currently touring his tribute show “It Suits Him Well” throughout the UK. The third date of the tour was Celtic Connections Glasgow at The Tron.

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Lankum Oran Mor Sat 20th Jan 2018 Review

              Lankum (formerly Lynched) are no strangers to Glasgow. Back in May 2017 they came into Celtic Towers to play a live session and then walked around the corner to the Kinning Park Centre, where they played – seated and entirely acoustic – to a young, hip, non-folky audience, who loved …

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Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18

Tannahill Weavers at Royal Concert Hall (Strathclyde Suite) – Saturday 20/1/18  Formed in Paisley in 1968 and named after Scotlands “other” poet Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers, or “The Tannies” as they are affectionately known, celebrated their Golden Anniversary with an outstanding concert as part of Celtic Connections. Whilst only two original band members are …

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Sharon Shannon Band and Special Guests, Celtic Connections, The Old Fruitmarket, February 3, 2017.

From the start this was a gig not to be missed. Packed into the Old Fruitmarket, Sharon Shannon made sure a great night was had by all. Her first tune, “Neckbelly” had us bouncing along as Sharon asked us to “go mental” and have loads of fun. The tunes came quick and fast with sets …

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Gary Innes, Celtic Connections, Drygate, February 2, 2017.

This was the night Gary Innes launched his long awaited second album, “Era” twelve years on from his first “How’s The Craic”. It was worth the wait. Gary says “the album is about growing old and very much family orientated” and he thanked his family and friends for the support in making it. The tune …

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