King Creosote, Old Fruitmarket, Celtic Connections 2017 review by Pauline Keightley
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 Harvey (cello) and Andy Robertson (drums).
This set the mood for the lush, cinematic soundscapes of Anderson’s 2016 album, ‘Astronaut Meets Appleman’. The album explores challenges between tradition and the new technologies.
The gig included the catchy tunes ‘Love Life’ and other memorable song from his recent album – ‘Surface’, ‘Wake Up to This’ and the momentum of ‘You Just Want.’ Kenny mixes colourful, subtle sounds with his indie folk rock music.
The band appeared to really be enjoying the gig; at one point Anderson wandered the stage and had fun interacted with each of the other musicians. The music was hypnotic and immersive from the start and the packed Fruitmarket audience knew they were in for a good night!
English singer songwriter, Charlie Cunningham, was the support and played some dynamic guitar and songs.
In 2014, King Creosote composed songs for a award winning theatre show with archived black and white footage of Scotland, entitle ‘Scotland With Love’. He is also a Mercury prize nominated artist for his collaborative ‘Diamond Mine‘– an album recorded with Jon Hopkins.
He is is a one-man cottage industry based in the Fife fishing town of Anstruther, Kenny “King Creosote” Anderson has released more than 40 albums since the late Nineties.
Review and Photos Pauline Keightley – http://pkimage.co.uk
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