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Review: Breabach, Old Fruitmarket, Thursday 22 January

A phenomenal evening of music was brought on from the start with the Antipidean treat of a Maori war dance from Horomona Horo from the New Zealand group Waoira (y-ora) .

The group gave us some wonderful tribal sounds of the Aborigine using traditional instrumentation and guitar as they say the interweave of cultures comes through in the music. They rounded off their set with the Haka, an ancestral war cry or dance with an outstanding yet moving applause from the audience.

This made way fro the Alan Kelly Gang playing some of their more well know tunes and songs along with some songs from their new album “The Last Bell”.

The group gave us a great blend of Irish Scots and Cape Breton tunes complimented with the piano accordion of Alan Kelly, fiddler Alasdair White of the Battlefield Band and Mannus Lunny (guitarist); Tony Byrne (flautist/vocals) and Steph Geremia.

The surprise of the evening was when Scots singing sensation Eddi Reader joined the group for a final number.

With Breabach starting a rather late on stage, they did not disappoint with a set of foot tapping jigs and saying how it was hard to take in that it was only 10 years ago that they were finalists on the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections .

They gave us some thrilling tunes like “Monday Night at Ricardos” with a line up of Calum MacCrimmon  (pipes/whistles/bouzouki);  Ewan  Robertson (guitar/vocals);  James  Mackenzie (pipes/flute/whistles); Megan Henderson (fiddle/vocals/stepdance) and James Lindsay (double bass).  They all kept the audience in the palm of their hand.

They were joined on stage with Horomona Horo for a truly moving song and instrumental “I love the music of the pipe.”  Ewan Robertson’s vocals were mind blowing.  Ewan is a former BBC Scotland Young Trad Musician of the year 2008 and part-time fire fighter from Carrbridge, Inverness-shire.

After a long set, the stage was set for what was a strong and vibrant finale with a standing ovation.  This was a night of both Northern and Southern Ocean music with a kindness, yet pleasure on the ears.

Sandy Pratt

Celtic Music Radio 95FM

Pic: Horomona Horo back stage with Braebach.

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