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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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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

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 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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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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Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014, Review Pauline Keightley

Rab Noakes and Barbara Dickson – Milngavie Folk Club May 2014 Songs by Rab, songs by Barbara. Songs together. Rab and Barbara gave us a real treat with a showcase gig of their favourite songs. They both looked well, Rab in a smart suit and Barbara glamorous in black. They clearly enjoyed sharing the stage […]

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Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014. Review by Pauline Keightley

 Lyla Foy at Nice n Sleazy’s Glasgow March 2014  Lyla took to the Nice N Sleazy stage after a fine set by Scottish duo Turtles, who have a strong front singer and play powerful electronic melodic post rock. Worth checking out. Lyla sang her memorable songs in her subtle haunting country voice, along with her backing […]

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Dick Gaughan at Milngavie Folk Club, 22nd March, 2014, review by Pauline Keightley

Dick Gaughan Milngavie Folk Club 22nd March 2014   The folk club was busy for Gaughan’s return gig with both younger and older fans in the audience. Dick Gaughan is a Scottish traditional folk singer, guitarist and songwriter. He sings of Scottish heroes and of stories of our lost past. He has been playing the […]

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Mogwai: Concert Hall Celtic Connections 2014

 When I arrived at the concert hall it was very unusual to see the place busy with thirty something rock and indie fans rather than the older audience that more often attend Celtic gigs.  The air was full of anticipation as people waied for this iconic Glasgow band.  This was a gig of two parts […]

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Celtic Connections 2014: Imelda May, Old Fruitmarket. Review P. Keightley

Imelda May Old Fruitmarket Celtic Connections 2014 Imelda rocked the Old Fruitmarket at her Celtic Connections gig.   Sparkling and shimmying she radiated energy as she bounced her mic, clapped her hands and moved freely across the stage – clearly enjoying her set of upbeat tunes.  With her red lips, dramatic quiff and sleek leopard-skin […]

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Celtic Connections 2014: Del Amitri Reunion Gig, The Glasgow Hydro – review P. Keightley

Del Amitri Reunion Gig review by Pauline Keightley After a twelve year break this reunion gig, by Del Amitir, one of Glasgow’s favourite bands, kicked off a twelve date tour. Celtic Connections’ biggest show so far – it attracted a crowd of over 8.000. It was also the first Celtic Connection gig to take place […]

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Celtic Connections 2014: Roaming Roots Revue – review by P. Keightley

Roaming Roots Review by Pauline Keightley I was at a Laurel Canyon concert Sunday, such great songs came out of this era – and this was all about the young people keeping the groove alive today….  The concert was a journey with through the California sounds of Laurel Canyon with some of the newer Scottish […]

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Opening Concert Celtic Connections 2014, by Pauline Keightley

Photos and Review Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/ Nicola Benedetti performed at the Opening Concert Celtic Connections 2014. It was an eclectic night of exemplary world class music, showcasing several of the artists performing at this year’s festival and offering an interesting taster of the three weeks ahead. Fiddler Duncan Chisholm and Wolfstone, who performed at the […]

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Neil Young and his band Crazy Horse rocked the SECC

June, 2013 Review by Pauline Keightley His father was a writer and he told Neil – ‘Write every day, you never know what will come out.’  His advice appears to have been effective. Young is a kicks ass, no holes barred, tells it like it is singer songwriter. He has travelled along many long highways, […]

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Haim – review by Pauline Keightley

Haim at SW3 Glasgow Review by Pauline Keightley Glasgow’s hippest venue SW3 was packed with many female fans in the front rows.I first heard the band perform on the BBC Jools Holland show and I thought their sound was refreshing. A few months back they supported Florence and the Machine, which was a good opportunity for […]

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