Review: Hootenanny wi’ Joyce & Annie, The Glasgow Art Club, 17 January

Last Saturday night (17 January), I was privy to a great night’s entertainment, courtesy of Annie Grace and Joyce Falconer, ably assisted by multi instrumentalist Alister McRae on guitar, piano and uke at The Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street, Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections 2015. 

Annie showed her many talents as well as some great vocals, by playing whistles, Scottish small pipes, ukulele and shruti box.

Joyce played piano and accordion and sang in her own deep husky style. They both engaged in a lot of amusing banter, showing their acting abilities to the great delight of the audience.

Although their voices were completely different, they blended very well together, with occasional harmonies from Alister.  There were traditional songs from the north east to Glasgow and several very clever parodies.

Although the evening was mainly upbeat with lots of audience vocalising,  there were a few poignant songs.  There was a beautiful rendering of Matt McGinn’s “Courie Doon” and a self penned song from Joyce called “Where Every Child Thrives.”

Altogether a night of great songs, great musicianship and great fun.  If you missed it, make sure you get to their next performance.

Moira Kerr

Presenter, Celtic Music Radio 95FM



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