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Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2019 review and photography by Pauline Keightley

Transatlantic Sessions

The unique blend of Shetland fiddle and West Virginia song, dubro and Irish pipes is always a joy to hear at the Transatlantic Sessions. Warm fires appeared to chase away the winter chill at the Glasgow concert hall and this concert is always a major highlight at Celtic Connections – celebrating folk and roots music from […]

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Thursday, February 14, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Music Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog, Pauline Keightley

New Traditions: Talisk, Vishtèn and Xabier Diaz at Celtic Connections 2019

Xabier Diaz and JNoró Adufeiras de Salitre

Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2019 These three bands lit up the warm fires of live music! The audience at the wonderful Old Fruitmarket venue was treated to an international line up of award-winning Celtic musicians. They did a fine job interpreting the musical traditions of Galicia, the French Canadian Acadia islands and Scots Celtic. Xabier […]

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Saturday, February 9, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

Celtic Connections Grace and Danger, Tribute to John Martyn photographs and review by Pauline Keightley

Grace and Danger concert for John Martyn

Grace and Danger Review A troubled soul looking for love… What a glorious concert to celebrate one of Scotland’s best loved singer songwriters, John Martyn. He was born in London, and after his parents divorced when he was five, he returned to live in Glasgow with his father and grandmother. . The tribute concert was […]

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Kathleen Macinnes at Celtic Connections photos and review by Pauline Keightley

Kathleen MacInnes

Kathleen MacInnes with amiina at Celtic Connections 2019 What an impressive concert. Kathleen is one of Scotland’s foremost Gaelic singers with her broad range and husky tones. To begin her concert she sang Gaelic songs, after which she was joined by the Icelandic group amiina; the band were the string section of Icelandic avant rock […]

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Pauline Keightley

Celtic Connections, Sync of the Times review and photographs, Pauline Keightley

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Opening Concert Celtic Connections 2019 Syne of the Times  The Celtic Connections opening night Sync of the Times was a rousing concert with over a hundred young musicians on stage in celebration of the passing of traditions between the generations. They enjoyed a memorable experience performing f Gaelic music alongside some of Scotland’s most celebrated […]

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Friday, January 25, 2019 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2019, Pauline Keightley, Photography

Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2018 photographs and review by Pauline Keightley

Transtalntic Sessions

Transatlantic Sessions Celtic Connections 2018 Golden highlights of another memorable festival.  The Transatlantic Session are the jewel in the Celtic Connections crown – led by musical maestros Shetland fiddler Aly Bain and US Dubro master Jerry Douglas. We were treated to wonderful music from Phil Cunningham, Russ Barenberg, John McCusker and Michael McGoldrick, backed up […]

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Dick Gaughan Tribute Concert at Celtic Connections 2018 – photography and review Pauline Keightley

The Wilson Family

Songs of Defiance and social conscience and an evening of contrast, quality, and sincerity The Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections,January,2018 This concert was a celebration of the music that matters to Dick Gaughan. It was hosted by actress Elaine C Smith, who introduced an incomparable line up of Gaughan’s long time friends and collaborators. This included […]

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Blue Rose Code at Celtic Connections 2018 photos and review Pauline Keightley

Blue Rose Code

Blue Rose Code (aka Ross Wilson) performed at Celtic Connections supporting Beth Orton. Ross commanded the ABC stage as he sang with a full band line up. He performed songs from his new 2017 album Water of Leith, as well as other fan favourites. In some memorable songs he connected to his Scottish roots and […]

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Beth Orton at Celtic Connections  2018 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Beth Orton

Short stories with some beautiful sounds Beth Orton the Brit award-winning, English singer-songwriter, known for her fusion of folk and electronica sounds (folktronica), performed a concert at the O2 ABC at Celtic Connections 2018. She played guitar and was backed by Grey McMurray, on electronic keys, guitar and bass. During her set she was brightly […]

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Session A9 Celtic Connections 2018 review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Session A9

An entertaining night!  Session A9 are a multi-talented band led by fiddler Charlie Mckerron –  striking music with four top fiddlers. The band treated us to a variety of  slow airs, songs, reels and jigs, with feet dancing rhythms and bows swinging with powerhouse dynamism! There were also slow melancholy tunes. Included was a Ross […]

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Max Richter at Celtic Connections 2018 review and photography by Pauline Keightley

Max Richter

A night to remember! Max Richter, renowned composer of stage and screen, performed his eight album of classical and electronic sound ‘Three Worlds: Music from Woolf Works (2017)’ at Celtic Connections.  The music is from the score he composed for the ballet Woolf Works in collaboration with choreographer Wayne McGregor. The work follows a three-part […]

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Shawn Colvin Celtic Connections 2018 review and photographs Pauline Keightley

Shawn Colvin

Shawn Colvin, is a Grammy award-winning American singer-songwriter, best known for her song ‘Sunny Came Home’. The concert at Celtic Connections was opened with a welcoming and accomplished duo from Colvin’s band, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams. Colvin is celebrating 20 years since the success of her ‘Few Small Repairs’ album and the re-release of a […]

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Celtic Connections 25th Anniversary Opening Concert, review and photographs by Pauline Keightley

Sian Shian, singers from Highlands and Islands

Opening Concert 25th Celtic Connections, January, 2018 Celtic Connection’s Opening concert was organised by pianist Dave Milligan, one of the performers back in 1994. The world’s biggest folk, world and roots festival celebrated the launch of its 25th  Anniversary with a packed line up of talented international and local musicians. The line up for the […]

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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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Monday, February 27, 2017 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2017, Pauline Keightley

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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Saturday, February 11, 2017 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2017, Pauline Keightley

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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Sunday, February 5, 2017 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2017, Pauline Keightley, Photography

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

King Creoste

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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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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Rab Noakes at Milngavie Folk Club review by Pauline Keightley

ab Nokes, Scottish singer songwriting, performed at Milngavie folk club. Febrary 2016 Scotland.

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

John Grant

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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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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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | Filed under: Pauline Keightley

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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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2015, Pauline Keightley

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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Friday, January 30, 2015 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2015, Pauline Keightley

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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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2015, Pauline Keightley

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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Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2015, Pauline Keightley

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