Concert Reviews

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Eddi Reader’s entire set was warm, relaxed, at times hilarious and felt like we were all in one big living room enjoying the songs and stories of one of this country’s best singer/songwriters. Gracing the stage with familiar gems like Find My Love, Perfect, Patience of Angels, as well as gorgeous arrangements of Burns’ classics […]

        This was the story of a journey. A journey taken by a violin that had a beautiful sound but had no name. It became a traveller through time, passing through the hands of many musicians, each of whom left their marks upon it. It was a recital that was part storytelling, […]

I have to confess from the start that I had not been keeping up with the various manifestations of Pentangle since the glory days of the original line-up and attended this concert out of a sense of nostalgic curiosity, anticipating a typical “greatest hits” evening. Well, of course, there were some of those, including Cruel […]

Celebration fills the air for SARAH JANE SCOUTEN as this is her first appearance at Celtic Connections. The Canadian singer-songwriter, now based in Dumfries and Galloway, is in impressive form, overcoming the jetlag caused by an arduous flight from her Bowen Island, West Vancouver homeland to the south side of Glasgow for this engrossing show, […]

  Having previously seen Xabier (pron. SHAByer for those of you not proficient in the Galician!) during 2020 Celtic Connections, at a tour-de-force concert in the Drygate Brewery venue, I was really looking forward to this one. First up on the night were Breton traditional band Barzaz. Great musicians and steeped in Breton tradition. Their […]

TEDDY THOMPSON Teddy Thompson and Sarah Jarosz – Celtic Connections – City Halls – January 20, 2024 There are some singers that you could listen to until the end of time and who always leave you wanting more – this is precisely the case with TEDDY THOMPSON. Possessing one of the most versatile, magnificent voices […]

This is a concert that I’m able to say: ‘I was there.’ It was produced expertly by Siobhan Miller and performed stunningly by her and a cast of renowned Scottish and Irish artists, supported by the house band of Dave Milligan, Ewen Henderson, Megan Macdonald and co. We were regaled by poets and orators including […]

CLASSY – SUNNY SWEENEY The only thing that the Eastside Bowl in Nashville and this below-street-level venue in Glasgow’s City Centre have in common is that I’ve now seen Sunny Sweeney play both and that makes me lucky, and very pleased. In duo format this time round – guitarist Harley Husbands is deft and free […]

Edinburgh-based singer/songwriter, Kim Edgar will be joining Fiona McNeill on her show today (Tuesday, March 28.) Kim’s fifth album Consequences, which was launched at this year’s Celtic Connections, has been widely praised by the critics. It was a collaborative project and Kim’s creative partners included Canadian, Ron Sexsmith and, closer to home, James Grant, Louis […]

Opening the show at a packed Glad Cafe, Anglo-Dutch duo Not Yet entertained with a lively mixture of original songs and covers – some of the latter unexpected, but no less welcome. Tim Hoy (guitar, keys, and vocals) and Laura Brandenburg (stand-up electric bass) displayed a nice mixture of musicality with a healthy touch of […]

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