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Category: Concert reviews

Robyn Stapleton, Songs of Robert Burns, St Andrews in the Square, January 25, 2017.

What a great way to spend Burns Night with the silky smooth voice of Robyn Stapleton, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the 2014, described by Sheena Wellington as a “very special singer indeed”. Robyn wowed the Celtic Connections’ audience from her first song, “Coming Thru the Rye” and continued with the “Slaves …

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Phil Cunningham, Celtic Connections, Highlands and Island Suite 20th Anniversary, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall January 22, 2017.

The 20th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Concert Hall of Phil Cunningham’s Highlands & Islands Suite was performed for the first time since 1997. Working with composer/arranger, John Ashton Thomas, a brand new ensemble composition was unveiled, inspired by their shared love for the island of Iona. This made up one half of the concert …

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Inverary and District Pipe Band with Bagad Kemper, Celtic Connections, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, January 28, 2017.

When the mid Saturday of the Celtic Connections festival comes it can only mean one thing: the fantastically, talented turn of the pipe bands to entertain the masses – and Inverary and District and Bagad Kemper lived up to all expectations. Bagad Kemper from Britanny took to the stage first with pieces from their latest …

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Shovels and Rope, Celtic Connections, St Lukes, Glasgow, February 4, 2017.

Shovels and Rope admirably represent folk singers with crazy distortion on their guitars, not forgetting pounding drums, warming keyboards, even warmer harmonies, while baby sleeps outside on the tour bus. Michael Trent and Carey Ann Hearst triumphed at this Celtic Connections date with a blistering and scintillating performance. It wasn’t all punky exuberance and high …

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James McMurtry and Nathan Bell, Celtic Connections, Oran Mor, Glasgow, February 2, 2017.

The Continental Club in Austin, Texas is a legendary venue and I’m envious of its patrons as they have the chance to hear the imperious James McMurtry and gorge on his unparalleled collection of bluesy, swampy, rocking, bar-room blues very regularly. The rugged, award-winning McMurtry’s second ever Scottish gig ended more than seven years of …

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Auld Hat New Heids at St Andrews In The Square Sunday 29th Jan 2017

Auld Hat New Heids at St Andrews In The Square Sunday 29 Jan 2017 Throughout the years that Celtic Connections have been running there have been many memorable concerts. This concert will go down as one of them! It was a truly memorable night and up there with the best concerts over the years.  A …

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Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan at Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Sat 28th Jan 2017

Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan at Strathclyde Suite, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall 28 January 2017 Fifteen years ago in 2002, almost to the day, Emily Smith was voted Young Traditional Musician of the Year. It was also the year Emily met New Zealand musician Jamie McClennan who was later to become her husband and musical partner. …

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The Tiree Song Book Strathclyde Suite GRCH Sunday 22nd Jan 2017

In association with The Tiree Association this was a night of celebration of music and musicians of Tiree. Who could believe that from an island 9 miles at its longest and 5 miles at its widest could provide so much beautiful music and such musical talent. A night of passionate singing, bagpipes, accordions, whistles, fiddles …

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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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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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