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Category Archive: Concert reviews

Feb 02

Blazin’ Fiddles At O2 ABC 30/1/16

Having seen Blazin Fiddles a few times before I never thought they could surpass previous performances – I was wrong!! Bruce MacGregor on announcing the band said “Blazin Fiddles play music fast, then they play faster and anything else is monumental – He was not wrong!! This gig was quite extraordinary. If you came to …

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Feb 02

The Elephant Sessions At O2 ABC 30/1/16

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 …

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Feb 02

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

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 …

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Feb 01

Daoiri Farrell At The Art Club 29/1/16

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 …

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Feb 01

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

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 …

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Feb 01

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

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Jan 31

The Poozies At St Andrews In The Square 28/1/16

Fresh from a tour in Australia this 4 piece all female band took to the stage of a packed St Andrews in the Square to celebrate 25 years in the business. The crowd expecting tunes from the past 25 years were not disappointed as the Poozies played a mix of old and new material. Four …

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Jan 30

Poozies and the Four Winds

Poozies and the Four Winds St. Andrews in the square 28 Jan 2016  Celtic Connections.   St. Andrews in the square is a great venue although I have to say the sound on this occasion was not really up to the usual high standard, it did improve when the Poozies took to the stage. Both …

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Jan 30

Afro Celt Sound System, ABC 29 January

ABC Fri 29 Jan  Afro Celt Sound System  It’s true that if you are at the Glasgow ABC to see Afro Celt Sound System you should expect the audience to be buzzing but sadly not with each other. Why did the guys behind us spend all their time shouting to each other over the amazing and …

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Jan 30

Rura with Aoife O’Donovan and the East Pointers

Rura with Aoife O’Donovan and the East Pointers , Celtic Connections, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow, January 29, 2016 I love the crowds that Celtic Connections draws for music that is pretty low key the rest of the year, but a Friday night Glasgow crowd is a chatty one looking for a good night out.   The …

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