Music Reviews.

Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson at The Glad Cafe review Pat Byrne

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Another great night at The Glad Cafe in Glasgow – 8 September, 2018 Yvonne Lyon and Eilidh Patterson treated a full house at The Glad Cafe to a brilliant night of music and fun.  An excellent atmosphere was created by the relaxed format with Yvonne and David Lyon being invited onto the stage to join […]

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pat's Home Page Blog

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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Alela Diane and Mick Flannery, Celtic Connections 2018 review by Pat Byrne

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The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross provided the perfect intimate setting for these talented, laid back performers. Celtic Connections fans were treated to Alela Diane’s first concert since the birth of her second daughter. It was also her first opportunity to play songs from her new album ‘Cusp’, due for release 9 February, 2018. Playing […]

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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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Dave Arcari album launch – Live At Memorial Hall

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Jim and I had a brilliant time this evening (Thursday, 24 August, 2017) at the Scottish Music Centre for the media launch of Dave Arcari’s new album ‘Live at Memorial Hall’. Sponsored by Glengoyne Distillery, it was a very enjoyable event with delicious nibbles served along with nips of Glengoyne and kilt lifters, Glengoyne, Drambuie […]

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Thursday, August 24, 2017 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music Reviews

Raging Twilight Album Launch 7July, 2017 – Review by Paul Kerr, Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

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‘Jack Law and his henchmen turned in a fine performance to a capacity crowd in the Southside’s Glad Cafe last Friday as they presented their first album to the public. The album, reviewed here, is a fine collection of songs with a definite American bent with many of Law’s lyrics inspired by recent trips to […]

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Sunday, July 23, 2017 | Filed under: Gig Guide, Music Reviews

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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NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download May Day

NICK TURNER & DAMAGED GOODZ “The Hangman” Single Download Release Date Friday 1st May   Also “The Hangman” You Tube video release   Producer Nick Turner and Scottish HIP HOP pioneer DAMAGED GOODZ release “The Hangman” This one-off single release is based on Maurice Ogden’s 1950 poem of the same name. Perceived by many as […]

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Friday, May 1, 2015 | Filed under: Music Reviews

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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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

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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Saturday, March 29, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

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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Friday, March 28, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

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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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2014, Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

Review: Live Music Glasgow – Burns Night Special at The Roxy171

Burns Night Special at The Roxy171 Martin Stephenson, Scott MacDonald, The Optimystics and Jim Byrne Scott MacDonald pulled together a great night at the Roxy 171 on Saturday 25th January, 2014.  It was anything but a traditional Burns Night but I reckon the Bard would have enjoyed the party. Jim (that’s Jim Byrne) was up […]

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Thursday, January 30, 2014 | Filed under: Music Reviews

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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Monday, January 27, 2014 | Filed under: Celtic Connections 2014, Music Reviews, Pauline Keightley

The Outside Track and Jim Byrne: Linlithgow Folk Festival 2013

Headline Concert – The Outside Track Support: Jim Byrne Saturday, 14th September, 2013 – The Academy Jim has often played at Linlithgow, on the Nora Devine Outside Stage and also at the Canal Festival. We’ve made many trips to Linlithgow and always have great fun. The people are warm-hearted, they love their music and audiences […]

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Monday, September 16, 2013 | Filed under: Music Reviews

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