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 Lament,” “Ca The Yowes Tae The Knowes” and the wonderful solo “John Anderson” which fair echoed round the hall.
For anyone wanting a fix of Burns this was the place to be – “A Parcel of Rogues” was as welcome as “Rattlin Roarin Willie” and even “Rantin, Rovin Robin” would have sat at the nappy on this most couthy celebration of the Bard’s songs and music.
Robyn was joined on stage by Patsy Reid, Aaron Jones, Alistair Paterson, Signy Jakobsdottir and Innes White and a wonderful string quartet who all brought the show to a close with “A Man’s A Man” and “Auld Lang Syne”.
The support act was the very talented west coast Canadian band, Brishen fronted by Quinn Bashand, a voice of excellence with his own gypsy jazz style.
I wonder what Burns would have made of the songs like “Georgia “ and his own version of “Cheyene” plus tunes from Poland and Mexico that were in the evening’s mix and on his album, Blue Verdun.