My work as a photographic artist has included the Edinburgh Festival, Scottish Ballet, Celtic Connections, Manchester Jazz Festival (MJF) and many concerts such as Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and Snow Patrol. In particular I try to mix the old with the new and capture moods such as quiet moments of inner reflection. One of my main interests is taking images of new artists – several of those I’ve photographed are now signed to major labels.
Five years ago when I took up my first Canon camera, I was able to combine my long held passions for both art and music by pursuing music photography. I had taken some images with a small digital camera at a live gig at the Metro London and I realised that the art of photography was about having a ‘good eye.’ After I received excellent feedback for my photos I worked on developing my craft and skills.
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 by Donald Shaw on piano and the rhythm sections of John Doyle, Danny Thompson and James Mackintosh.
Alongside classy songs from top quality singers. US country queen Suzy Bogguss stood out with a commanding performance. She commented on the quality of Doyle’s rhythm guitar, he certainly is the engine room of this band! Julie Fowlis charmed the audience with her Gaelic songs. Other singers included – bluegrass singers the Secret Sisters, renowned American songwriter Shawn Camp and Irish folk singer Daoiri Farrell. For singers it must be a treat to be backed by such an excellent band.
Aly Bain spoke of the real connection and special relationship with the States through music. While Jerry Douglas commented that he had worked with guitarist Russ Barenberg for 40 years.
Transatlantic Sessions is always the fitting festival finale!
Photos Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/
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 the dynamic vocals of The Wilson Family boys, the soothing harmonies of the Bevvy Sisters, Gaelic songs of Mary Macmaster, Patsy Seddon (who had sung with Dick in ‘Clan Alba’), the accomplished celtic music guitar of Tony McManus and the folk songcraft and voice tradition of Karine Polwart, Martin Simpson and Dougie MacLean.
The concert – Elaine C Smith sang Marrra’s ‘Mother Glasgae.’ The Wilson Family boys sang unaccompanied ‘Close the Coalhouse Door Lads’ and other songs with powerful harmonies. Karine Polwart sang ‘Craigie Hill’ and told the moving story of being given Dick’s album a ‘Handful of Earth’ the night before her grandfather’s funeral. The Bevvy Sisters sang Michael Marra’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ While Martin Simpson sang Bob Dylan’s ‘Blind Willie MacTell’ and other songs.
Dougie MacLean closed this very special evening in a moving climax when Gaughan appeared on stage – with his song ‘Love Will Carry Us.’ Gaughan has been ill the past year and I was glad Elaine had persuaded him to appear for his devoted fans and he didn’t remain a ‘presence’ behind the curtain. The concert was a warm tribute to Gaughan’s authenticity – he is a breath of fresh air and honesty.
I first heard Gaughan back in the 80s at an Edinburgh folk club and I have met him a few times at Milngavie Folk Club where he was friendly and unassuming. Two guitarists there told me: ‘Gaughan is a Scottish legend’. He would open his set with the Si Kahn song, ‘What you Do With What You’ve got.’ And I will always remember sitting enthralled to his impassioned and definitive interpretation of the Robert Burn’s song ‘Westlin Winds’, when he would say, ‘one of the best songs ever written, it says all there is to say.’
Review and Photo Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/
Clan Alba, A folk supergroup, featured Dick Gaughan, Mary Macmaster, Brian MacNeill, Fred Morrison, Patsy Seddon, Davy Steele, Mike Travis and Dave Tulloch. With guitars, harps, pipes, fiddles and percussion, and distinctive collective harmonies. Their 1996 debut album – included ‘Bye Bye Big Blue’, a lament for the closure of the Ravenscraig Steel Works, and Gaughan’s evocative ‘Childhood’s End’.
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 brought in the lovely Gaelic voices of Kathleen McInnes and Julie Fowlis – Sandaig, Passing Places, Love Is and Edina– more of this please!
His Celtic soul sound mixes smooth rhythms appear to be influenced by John Martyn’s soul and blues and Motown. His voice and songs have soul, emotion and are filled with hope. Ross is an exciting young talent and I look forward to hearing more of him in the fuutre. . He was great fun to shoot, with the run and energy he puts into his set!
Photos Pauline Keightley pkimage.co.uk
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 back lit which produced a surreal atmospheric mood.
Beth used her strong voice to tell her story to sonic effect, and took her voice wide, introspective and reflective. She sang songs from her 2016 album ‘Kidstick’ – which is full of imagery and one word song titles such as ‘Moon,’ ‘Snow’, ‘Wave’, ‘Downstar’ and the teardrops of ‘Petals.’ She also sang popular tracks from her past catalogue, ‘Call me by My Name’, ‘Only a Dream Away’ and ‘All in Time’.
She appeared shy and unassuming while her voice was strong, hypnotic, mesmerising and reassuring. Her lyrics are detailed and her experience flows through her songs. The electronic beats, rhythms and sways perfectly complemented her expressive voice. Many fans had travelled for her Celtic Connections gig and were hugely appreciative of her set. Beth apologized for swearing at one point, which seemed incongruously at odds with her soft thoughtful vibe!
The depth of Laura Marling folk meets blues and electro beats. I enjoyed both her songs and voice – I was new to Beth and I am now a fan – worth checking out! Orton collaborated with the Chemical Brothers and won a Brit award for her 1996 album ‘Central Reservation’. In 2016 Orton released her sixth solo album to critical acclaim. Her music has soundtracked American TV shows.
She was well supported by the Scots Celtic soul voice of Blue Rose Code and his band, who opened the concert.
Review and Photo Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/
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 Ainslie number and some new tunes by Charles Mckerron. Fiddler, Adam Sutherland spoke of his composition commissioned for New Voices in 2004. Meanwhile guitarist Marc Clement sang a couple of country folk songs – ‘These Days’, ‘Take away the well so deep.’ For their encore the band performed the very fitting ‘One for the Road.’
There was enjoyable funny banter among the band. Brian McAlpine spoke of the 25 years of Celtic tradition and culture, to sell our culture on and how it was amazing what had been achieved. He offered a big thanks to all involved with putting on the festival including those working behind the scenes. He spoke of the scope and breadth of the festival and wondered where the festival might be in 25 years time!
The players consisted of – Charlie Mckerron – Fiddle, Gordon Gunn – Fiddle & Mandolin, Adam Sutherland – Fiddle, Kevin Henderson – Fiddle, Brian McAlpine – Piano, David Robertson – Percussion and Marc Clement – Guitar & Vocals.
Session A9 played a residency at Epcot and celebrated their fist decade with the album ‘Paths That Wind’. They were voted ‘Best Live Act 2012’ at the Scottish Trad Awards.
Review and Photos by Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk/
Pauline Keightley - PKImage: Portrait and Music Photography and Review
Sunday 10 Feb 2013
Bellowhead, the ten-piece English contemporary folk band, gave an exhilirating performance at Glasgow's ABC 02. Between them the band play a number of instruments and include a four-piece brass section. They were great fun, talented and entertaining and presented an ideal opportunity for photographs.
I met another photographer there, who was shooting for the English Folk Dance and Song ( EFDS), an organization which was set up to promote English folk music. He was very familiar with the band and explained that Bellowhead started with the duo of Jon Boden and John Spiers. Speirs plays melodeon and concertina and Boden plays fiddle and guitar and also stamps the rhythm on a stomp box. The pair brought in the other musicians to form a full band ? filling a gap in the market for a top quality English folk band. Their line up includes - Benji Kirkpatrick, Rachael McShane, Paul Sartin, Pete Flood, Brendan Kelly, Justin Thurgur, Andy Mellon and Giles Lewin.
At the gig they sang vocal harmonies on traditional folk songs and also played an assortment of jigs and reels of traditional country dance tunes plus sea shanties. Their sound draws on a diversity of musical styles and influences from the old English tunes, such as Greensleeves and Can You Dance the Polka, to a sound similar to the popular 70s band, Steeleye Span.
The band are highly entertaining and Jon Boden is a naturally theatrical front man. On stage the band are both polished and energetic. The packed crowd of all ages were clearly up for a good night and they were in no way disappointed. I highly recommend the band to anyone looking for a fun night out and it was good to see a band making folk accessible for a younger audience.
Bellowhead richly deserve the accolades that have been heaped upon them ? five-times winners of 'Best Live Group' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2005, 2007, 2008 & 2010 and BBC Radio Folk Award 2012 for their album Broadside, which made number sixteen in the UK official album charts and number one in the UK independent album charts. Their previous album Hedonism went silver (selling over 60,000 copies) and is the highest selling independently released folk album ever. The band developed a new ale to go along with their album release!
I did wonder why they weren't playing at the more atmospheric Old Fruitmarket with its olde worlde charm. It would have fitted their sound perfectly. Maybe next time.
Review by Pauline Keightley www.musicfootnotes.com
Friday 8 Feb 2013
American singer songwriter Aimee Mann performed at Celtic Connections 2013 at Glasgow's ABC 02. Known for her insightful songs and well received albums, including Charmer, her eighth studio album released in 2012.
In her honey-toned and expressive voice she performed songs from the album, including: Living The Lie, Soon Enough, Charmer, Disappear, Labrador and Slip and Roll.? She also sang Save Me, the song she wrote for the film Magnolia, which was nominated for a Golden Globe.?
In addition we were treated to some of her extensive back catalogue?and she performed: Wise Up, Fourth of July and I Should Have Known. Also in her set were a couple of covers, One, a Harry Neilson?s song, and for a bit of fun she sang a Thin Lizzy number for her encore.
Mann draws her audience in with ease with songs that are subtle and sincere and which seem to hold an undercurrent of uncertainty.
She was accompanied by a very tight band, and as she said herself, 'she rocked in melody in a soft rock kind of way'.
Amelia Curran and Ted Leo provided excellent support and she performed a couple of duos with Leo, who is an American punk rock/indie rock songwriter and multiinstrumentalist. He's played in the bands Citizens Arrest, Chisel, The Sin-Eaters, The Spinanes, and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists.? Amelia Curran is from Newfoundland and has followed her Juno award-winning Hunter album with Spectators.?
Aimee Mann is married to songwriter Michael Penn (brother of actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn).
Review by Pauline Keightley?
Review: All Will be Well Celtic Connections 2013: Saturday 2 Feb 2013
Cara Dillon with BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Glasgow City Halls: Friday 25 Jan 2013
Twentieth Celebration Concert - Celtic Connections 2013: Sunday 20 Jan 2013
Review Emeli Sande Old Fruitmarket Glasgow 10th April 2012: Sunday 29 Apr 2012
M?nran at the Late Sessions Celtic Connections 2012: Tuesday 7 Feb 2012
Fred Morrison at Celtic Connections 2012: Sunday 5 Feb 2012
Madison Violet: Sunday 5 Feb 2012
bring it on home concert for gerry rafferty: Thursday 2 Feb 2012
Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011: Thursday 27 Oct 2011
The Raghu Dixit Project at OranMor: Sunday 14 Aug 2011
Stag and Dagger Festival: Monday 23 May 2011
Michael Marra at Mugdock: Wednesday 11 May 2011
The Low Anthem,: Saturday 23 Apr 2011
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