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 several songs from his third solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure - 'Geraldine', 'Global Warming', 'Voodoo Doll' and 'Disappointing'. He also sang some of his earlier material including, 'Pale Green Ghosts'. I particularly enjoyed his hit song, 'Glacier', 'This Pain' and 'Don't become Paralysed with Fear.' He raised the tempo with electronic pop rhythms. The thirty-something crowd were enthusiastic in their appreciation – and love!
Rachel Sermanni provided quality support and in contrast to Grant's bass tones - the delicate and petite performer has an ethereal, soft focus voice.
Her new album release 'Tied to the Moon', explores earthier themes and she explained the theory she holds that women are tied to the moon's cycles, whereas men are tied to the sun.
Review & Photos Pauline Keightley - http://pkimage.co.uk/