Celtic Fusion at Hazy Recollections live music

Celtic Fusion at Hazy Recollections live music

Once again, Findlay Napier curates three fabulously disparate five-act bills, collectively occupying the fruitfully blurry territory between folk, indie and indie-folk music.

Over its nine year existence, Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections has hosted over 100 different artists. The venue is the ABC2 at 300 Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre, with the usual 2.30pm start.cc2017-hazy-recollections

Hazy Recollections at Celtic Connections on Sunday 22 January 2017 featured Welsh-born Harry Harris; Rebecca’s Ruin, is the close-harmony duo of Becci Wallace and Becca Star; Paul Tasker, a superb guitarist who is one half of the Doghouse Roses and to finish off the day, The State Broadcasters and the famous Mystery Act. Revival was there to record the show.

If you missed the show on Tuesday 14 February as part of Celtic Fusion on 100.8 Revival FM, then you can listen to the repeat on Saturday 18 February at 5.00 until 7.00pm or listen on Catch Up anytime here or via the top of the front page of this site.

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Harry Harris at Hazy Recollections

The State Broadcasters

The State Broadcasters

The Myster Act: US fiddler Laura Cortese.

The Myster Act: US fiddler Laura Cortese.

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Paul Tasker on the Hazy stage

Rebecca's Ruin

Rebecca’s Ruin

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Gary Innes plus Vishtèn at Drygate Brewery, Glasgow on Thursday 2 February 2017.

Celtic Connections debutants Vishtèn made a huge impression on this Glasgow audience. Hailing from the east coast of Canada, this three piece Acadian band were absolutely outstanding with their traditional music which was played at a very high tempo.

Multi instrumentalists Emmanuelle and Pastelle Le Blanc come from the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island which has a thriving Francophone Acadian, with a strong tradition of song and instrumental music.

The third member of the trio, Pascal Miousse, is from neighbouring Magdalen Island which is predominantly Francophone.

Vishtèn have been together for 10 years during which time they have honed their interpretation of Acadian music and musicality to a very high standard. Between them they play an array of traditional instruments and also do foot percussion whilst playing their instruments making a wonderfully entertaining show. Having toured extensively since their inception and winning many awards they were still a relatively unknown entity to this Celtic Connections audience, however, they were raving about them by the end of their incredibly entertaining set.

Gary Innes

cc2017-gary-innesIt’s hard to believe that it has been 12 years since Gary Innes last brought out a solo album and played solo on stage being such a well known musician.

Twelve years on, and Gary has brought out his much anticipated second album titled Era, which he launched on this evening.

Explaining the title name, he states that he is in a new era in his life and thought it a very apt name. Formerly a well known shinty player and part time fireman in his native Spean Bridge, he has put all that behind him now and is concentrating on his forthcoming marriage, a new radio career hosting the iconic Take The Floor programme on BBC Radio Scotland, as well as writing and performing music.

Launching Era which is an entirely self penned album, Gary Innes was joined on stage for this magical night by many friends and musicians who also feature on the album.

Backing band included fellow Mànran member Ewen Henderson on fiddle and bagpipes; Calum Stewart on Uilleann pipes; Steve Byrnes on drums; Duncan Lyall on bass, Hamish Napier on piano and co-producer of the album, Ali Hutton on guitars.

Already well known for his writing of traditional tunes, Gary Innes has also now added songwriting to his repertoire with three songscc2017-siobhan-miller on the album, all telling their own stories personal to him. Invited onto stage were the three different singers performing on the album. Robert Robertson sang the recently released single The Caman Man, Siobhan Miller with Zara and Alec Dalglish with Grace and Pride.

From the opening tune of the night, Yarra Wine Valley to the closing one of Our Heroes, this was a stunning night of music.

With each tune being written by Gary Innes, it made the evening more personal with stories how each tune came about. Although there has been a twelve year gap between solo albums, it was certainly worth the wait. Already this album has to be a fore runner for album of the year.

Danny Matheson

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Emily Smith & Jamie McClennan at Strathclyde Suite, The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Saturday 28 January 2017. 

Fifteen years ago in 2002, almost to the day, Emily Smith was voted Young Traditional Musician of the Year. It was also the year Emily met New Zealand musician Jamie McClennan who was later to become her husband and musical partner.

Emily Smith has been no stranger to Celtic Connections since then, but rarely has she been involved in such a wondrous night of music as this one was.

Being soul mates for so long Emily and Jamie have developed a near telepathic relationship and link up so very well on stage. This was a night of beautiful harmonies between them and wonderful musicianship. Add that to the humour between them in between the songs this was always going to be a thoroughly entertaining night.

Throughout the night there was a fantastic mix of songs including self penned ones from Jamie’s time in New Zealand, some very traditional songs and songs pertaining to Dumfries and Galloway where Emily is originally from, and where they currently stay with their two children.

cc2017-emily-smith-jamie-mcclennan-280117-2Songs such as Adoon Winding Nith, The Silver Tassie, Caledonia, Firefly and A Life That’s Good were delivered superbly.

Joining this couple on stage for the last few songs was another incredibly talented musician Anna Massie. Another rare treat for the capacity audience was actually hearing Anna join in with backing vocals. Renowned for her skill in playing any stringed instrument and sitting in the background of the stage, rarely is she seen taking to the front of stage and joining in with the singing.

To date, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan have only recorded one album as a duet, Adoon Winding Nith, however I believe there may be another one in the pipeline. After this performance I would sincerely hope so. This was a quite exquisite show.

Danny Matheson

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Celtic Connections 2017: review

Auld Hat New Heids at St Andrews In The Square, Glasgow, Sunday 29 January 2017.

Throughout the years that Celtic Connections have been running there have been many memorable concerts. This concert will go down as one of them!

It was a truly memorable night and up there with the best concerts over the years. A show designed to rekindle the songs and atmosphere of folk clubs of yesteryear with audience participation it did exactly what it said it would.

Seasoned performers and brothers Fraser and Ian Bruce, accompanied by Gregor Lowrey (accordion) and Pete Clark (fiddle) put on the show of their lives.

Starting the night with Doon In The Wee Room they immediately increased the bands vocal support by over 300 as every member of this sell out audience joined in with the singing. This continued throughout the night and is exactly what this show is all about.cc2017-heids-saints-2

Every single song was a well known one and passionately delivered by Ian and Fraser. There was hardly a dry eye in the house at their renditions of the Loch Tay Boat Song and Silver Darlings.

Another inspired part of this show was the showing of slides onto a large screen paying tribute to musicians, alive and dead, who had been major influences and inspirational to many up and coming musicians.

Also included in the slides were the choruses of many of the songs to assist the eager audience with the words and to encourage their singing. Much of Scotlands’ working past was also remembered with songs such as The Jute Mill Song, The Shoals of Herring and The Wark O’ The Weavers.

cc2017-angela-patterson-islay-heids-290117-2Of all the songs performed few had a rousing reception as great as that given to The John MacLean March.

In between the songs the wit and humour from the Bruce brothers was excellent. These guys put the fun back into music. It was hard to believe that Fraser Bruce had taken a near 30 years sabbatical from performing only returning to stage in 2014. His enthusiasm in getting this project up and running puts a lot of artists half his age to shame.

The ultimate accolade I could give them is to liken them to The Corries in their heyday. The interaction with the audience, the humour and their rendition of many of the songs reminded me so much of Ronnie Brown and Roy Williamson.

This was one of those nights you did not want to finish. People left this historic venue with huge smiles on their faces raving about how good the evening was.

At the start of the evening Fraser recited a poem listing the many folk clubs that used to be open over the length and breadth of the country. Sadly the majority of these clubs are no longer however Auld Hat and New Heids is doing everything in their power to bring back those heady days.

This show continues around the country, it would be foolhardy to miss it. For songs and laughter this is the show to go to.

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Auld Hat, New Heids support from Angela Patterson, a singer from Islay at St Andrews in the Square on Sunday night, 29 January.

Danny Matheson