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Celtic Connections: Transatlantic Sessions 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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An electrifying and enriching concert to warm those cold winter blues!  The Transatlantic Sessions concert is Celtic Connections grand finale every year. As the lights flickered on stage we were treated to a concert of welcome variety – of energetic Scottish jigs and reels, flamboyant country airs, foot-stomping thrills and fine musicianship.   The Ttransatlantic […]

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Rab Noakes, The Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2017

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An evening of song and stories with Rab Noakes.   Rab looked smart in a black and grey stripped suit. He kicked off the show with ‘Let The Show Begin’.   The Fruitmarket was full of  Noakes’ dedicated, appreciative and respectful fans.. He introduced his band – Innes Watson (fiddle), Una MacGlone (double bass), Stuart […]

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Mary Chapin Carpenter at Celtic Connections 2017 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 30 January, 2017 This was a concert in three sets. First we treated to the beautiful voice of Julie Fowlis. She sang several Gaelic songs and the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’ – her set was far too short!  Next was the accomplished, fun, folk band Altan from Donegal, who played […]

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King Creosote, Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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King Creosote, aka Kenny Anderson, from Fife and his nine piece band brightened up the Old Fruitmarket stage on Friday, 27 January, 2017.   The top quality band, who were made up with sparkly space age gear, included harp, cello, bass, keys, drums, violin, pipes and guitars – with Lomond Campbell (Ziggy) on vocals, Peter […]

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Gordon McCracken Photography: Stone Portraits, Glasgow Graveyards

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Photographs taken in various cemeteries in Glasgow during the Summer of 2016, including Glasgow Necropolis, Western Necropolis and Eastwood Cemetery. ‘ I’m still learning how to take portraits andI can’t afford to hire models, but lo and behold there are many monuments and headstones that give me a chance to practice. I was thrilled with […]

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LIV On in Concert with Olivia-Newton John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley

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LIV ON in Concert Celtic Connections 2017 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 24 January – review by Pauline Keightley A hopeful and life-embracing evening of song to lift the spirits.  Australian, American and Canadian, singer songwriters Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky shared their personal journeys of grief in song from their collaborative LIV […]

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Celtic Connections Opening Concert with Laura Marling – review by Pauline Keightley

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  I arrived early while people were setting up their stalls of accordions, pipes and folk CDs. Someone was playing piano and preparations were being made for the open mic. And so #ccfest begins for another year celebrating live music, special collaborations, brilliant musicianship and perfect singers performing songs of quality. Celtic Connections sometimes offers […]

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Weaving DNA 08 Apr – 22 May, 2016 The Lighthouse

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Weaving DNA 08 Apr – 22 May, 2016 Review Gallery The Lighthouse Weaving DNA is an immersive textile exhibition borne from a collaboration between Icelandic product designer Hanna Dís Whitehead and Scottish textile designer Claire Anderson. Together they re-appropriate traditional Nordic and Scottish textiles, examining the ways in which these represent and shape aspects of […]

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Rab Noakes at Milngavie Folk Club review by Pauline Keightley

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Noakes was among old friends and new on 20th February, 2016 at Milngavie Folk Club.  Along with his own songs, he included some song gems in his repertoire – some were unexpected such as Cliff Richard’s sing along ‘Dynamite’;  Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’, outtake track ‘Mississippi’ and songs from his 70s radio hit, ‘Branch’. […]

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Blazin’ Fiddles at Celtic Connections 2016 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

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Blazin Fiddles were on fire at their Celtic Connections Gig on 30th January, 2016 at O2 ABC. An accomplished fiddle band, they produce a rich, well honed and diverse sound. There was tight interplay between the musicians, interwoven tunes and flowing reels that gave rise to plenty of foot tapping and stomping. Blazin’ Fiddles are […]

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Celtic Connections 2016: John Grant support Rachel Sermanni – photos and review Pauline Keightley

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John Grant at Celtic Connections   American singer-songwriter John Grant was on fine form at Celtic Connections.  He is a larger than life bear of a man who commands the stage with his impressive bass voice. Well received by the fans, with calls of ‘John we love you!’ – he waved his arms in recognition. He performed […]

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Celtic Connections 2016: Lucinda Williams review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams rocked at Celtic Connections 2016! One sassy rock on lady!  While I had read good reviews of Lucinda Williams, I came to her late. Now aged sixty-two she’s been having more success as she’s got older. As we waited in the packed Glasgow concert hall an enthusiastic man appeared at the side of the […]

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Pilgrimer: A re-imagining of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Hejira’

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Pilgrimer: Re-imagining Joni MItchell’s Hejira  “touching souls and surely you touched mine…” This was a perfect evening of nostalgia for the many fans in the packed audience to hear Joni’s album Hejira – now set to new Scottish words by the author James Robertson.  Joni wrote this album while driving solo from Miami to LA  on […]

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Ireland 2016 – The Chieftains, Celtic Connections review Pauline Keightley

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Exhilarating!….the concert told the story of dark days of fighting leading to the joy of freedom!  The show began softly and poignantly with the fiddle of former Dubliner John Sheahan, the deep vocals of Declan O’Rourke and songs of heroes of the Easter Rising. We might easily have been fooled into thinking this was going […]

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Videos of and based in Glasgow West End

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy "I See A Darkness" First video from the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy EP "Now Here’s My Plan", Various Youtube videos covering Glasgow West End. If you have a made a video of Glasgow West End please get in touch and we’ll post it here. Tour of Kelvingrove park: West End Festival 2009: Introduction […]

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Bob Law: The Land of the Dripping Sun

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November just past was one of the dullest months on record and so far December has been very wet and dark. In Glasgow we have not had the devastating floods experienced in Cumbria or other places but there has  still has been a deluge of steady rain day after day. Here are some of my […]

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Photography: beginners introduction to technical jargon

A good photograph is one you like – even if you can’t explain why you like it. It doesn’t matter a jot whether it would win a photography competition – or whether it is technically perfect. Having said that – an understanding of the technical aspects of photography can help you in your quest to […]

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Photography for absolute beginners: how do I take a photograph that is correctly exposed?

‘Exposure’ was one of the most difficult things for me to understand when I started taking photographs; what it was and how to get it right. In this short article I’ll try to explain in over-simple terms my own understanding of this topic. What does it mean have a photograph correctly exposed? In essence; a […]

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Photography: a beginners tale

It’s the twenty first century and just about everyone takes photographs; on phones, on computers, on games consoles and of course on cameras. Photography is easy? Well yes – on lots of levels it is – but what if you want to take more artistic or technically accomplished photographs? How easy is that? Here are […]

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Peggy Seeger at Oran Mor, June, 2015, review by Pauline Keightley

Peggy Seeger

 The timeless story of songs and words I enjoyed seeing 80 year old Peggy Seeger, folk legend, feminist icon, and political activist, perform at Oran Mor. She sparkled and shone and took us into her world of music and was convincing in her views that only music that can use all of our minds. What […]

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary April 2015: Spring Tulips, Cherry Blossom in Kelvingrove, Italian Centre, Pavement Art, Park Area

Tulips from Glasgow

 

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary March 2015:

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary February 2015: Kelvingrove Park, Kelvinbridge Tube Station, Troon beach, Trees, Scott Monument

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary January 2015: Electric Garden, Botanic Gardens, Dunkeld, Buchanan Street

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Van Morrison Celtic Connections 2015 review by Pauline Keightley

Morrison commanded the concert hall stage on the jazz and soul highway – a truly jazz inspired Celtic soul all the way from Belfast city! There was an atmosphere of eager anticipation in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall as the audience waited for one of our musical legends. Morrison grew up with his Dad’s record collection, the […]

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The Punch Brothers, Celtic Connection 2015, review Pauline Keightley

The Punch Bothers are a hip, modern, suit-and-tie bluegrass band. Their emotive music with its great stories and melodies, foot-tapping banjo and mandolin was warmly applauded by the crowd at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.   The band, consisting of Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass), describe themselves as acoustic folk/progressive […]

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Breabach at the Old Fruitmarket Celtic Connections 2015

Review and Photographs by Pauline Keightley Support Horomana Horo and The Alan Kelly Band Horomana Horo New Zealander Horomana Horo arrived in impressive full Maori gear to kick off the concent with his band Waoira. They played an entertaining set of Maori traditional songs a mix of traditional and modern and the bonus of classical […]

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An outstanding Opening Concert at Celtic Connections – Review by Pauline Keightley

An innovative, multi-talented orchestra put a smile on my face.  Martyn Bennett’s GRIT, his last celtic fusion album before his untimely death in 2003, was given its live premier with a colourful score by composer Greg Lawson – the concert was one of the best events I’ve ever attended at Celtic Connections. The concert marked the […]

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary: December 2014: Venlaw Castle Hotel, Traquair House

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Jim’s West End Photo Diary: September 2014: Linlithgow Folk Festival, Kelvingrove Park, Graham Mackintosh

 

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