Final Day – Celtic Connections On Campus Show
Written by celtic music radio on January 26, 2024
It’s the last show for Celtic Connections on Campus which has been live every day this week on Celtic Music Radio.
Hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in association with Celtic Music Radio and TRADtv, its eighth year has been a great success with sparkling talent encouraged by enthusiastic audiences.
The final free lunchtime concert takes place today in the Re-union bar and grill in the GCU Students’ Association building.
The line-up is:
THE HAVER QUARTET
The Haver Quartet is a genre-defying ensemble committed to bringing the joy of live music to as many people as possible. The group formed in January 2023, having met in the street orchestra the Nevis Ensemble. Known for engaging performances, innovative arrangements, and a down-to-earth style, Haver Quartet pushes the boundaries of quartet playing, juxtaposing classical repertoire with original tunes and fresh takes on folk music from around the world. Committed to community music-making, the quartet brings performances and workshops to people wherever they are, from schools and museums to traditional concert settings.
MB Folk was formed in 2022 by three Edinburgh College music students – Arthur Hill, Gerry Campbell and Robbie Subke – each with a passion for folk music. We’ve recently been joined by Laura McKay, a great addition to the group. We’re all multi-instrumentalists and enjoy pulling our individual talents together to make music, have fun and entertain. Arthur and Laura both graduated in 2023 with a BA (Hons) in Music; Gerry and Robbie are in the second year an HND in Music. We initially developed sets of Scottish folk songs and reels. Our repertoire has subsequently been extended to include our own compositions and folk music from around the world. Having played at Celtic Connections on Campus in 2023, we’re delighted to make a return visit in 2024.
Tapsalteerie are a 4-piece Scottish folk band who play a wide range of music, both contemporary and traditional, but pretty much all of it with a Scottish or Celtic connection of some kind. Their first CD, “Bonnie Doon”, a collection of six songs by Robert Burns, interpreted and arranged by the band, came out in 2022. This was recorded to mark accordionist Calum and his wife Louise getting married in Alloway. However, for putting out a CD, every band needs a name. After a lot of heavy thinking, Tapsalteerie – meaning ‘topsy-turvy’ in Scots – seemed a good choice, as it comes from Burns’ song, “Green Grow the Rashes, O”: “…but gie me a cannie hour at e’en / my arms about my dearie-o / and warly cares an’ warly men / may a’ gae tapsalteerie-o!” As well as their interpretation of Burns’ songs, Tapsalteerie (or ‘The Taps’ as they are also known) extend their repertoire to music by other artists such as Skippinish, Richard Thompson, Andy M. Stewart, Eddi Reader, Hank Williams, Van Morrison – and more.
An honest songwriter and storyteller. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Karine Polwart, Rachel Sermanni and Alice Phoebe Lou, Grace Morton writes of understanding herself, relationships, the ebbs and flows of the inner and outer world and finding home in people and places. Her playing and creating is rooted in her childhood growing up in Trotternish on the North West Coast of Skye. She was surrounded by music, Gaelic and the warmth of community; offering inspiration and a sense of roots that run deep. From writing her first songs on a tenor guitar whilst on a camping holiday on Harris at nine, to learning guitar from her Dad and writing songs about sunrises, river-swimming and coming to know herself at sixteen, she is now Glasgow-based and hopes her songs are a transportation to somewhere calm, beautifully rugged and familiar.
• Celtic Connections On Campus – live – 12.30 to 2 pm.