The Raghu Dixit Project Oran Mor Glasgow 4th August 2011

Photo: raghu dixit project. Review by Pauline Keightley, August, 2011

This vibrant colourful band had bare feet, warm hearts and large smiles and their purpose appeared to be to have everyone smiling and dancing. I first heard the band on the Jools Holland show last year when Raghu sang 'No Man Will Ever Love You Like I Do' - voice could melt a thousand hearts. Due to visa problems they missed a trip to Glasgow to Celtic Connections in January so they were happy to have made it this time.

The band carried audience with them through a gig which was full of fun.? They are all accomplished musicians and the guitar and violin added energy to their sound. Their set included songs from their album? -?? 'I'm in Mombai Waiting For A Miracle',? 'Mysore Se Aayi', 'Hey Bhagwan' and 'Gudugudiya'.? Their songs covered themes that were true to the heart such as - all have a second chance in life, having more strength than we realise and leading our lives in a simple way.?

Raghu said what a big deal playing Jools Holland had been yet he felt the song his manager requested him to sing did not really represent the breadth of his music.?? He was thrilled that their album had been selling on iTunes ever since.? They have brought modern western musical influences to their traditional Indian songs . While their sound is mostly upbeat with energetic dancing rhythms which work great at the gigs to get everyone bouncing along, I often feel that the haunting slower melodies linger longer in the mind.

It was a shame that the venue was not packed and I wondered if the tickets were a bit pricey for a relatively unknown band?

?Raghu spoke of the hopes that we might one day all dance the same dance, well we certainly that night!?????

They were well supported by Adam Stearns, a young Glasgow artist I recommend checking out.?

1. Hey Bhagwan 2. Gudugudiya Sedi Nodo
3. No Man Will Ever Love You, Like I Do
4. Lokada Kalaji
5. Kodagana Koli Nungitha
6. Well I'm In Mumbai, Waiting for A Miracle
7. Khidki
8. Har Saans Mein
9. Mysore Se Aayi

The Raghu Dixit Project brought colour and Indian dance to the Oran Mor Glasgow with strong musicianship and Dixit's striking vocals.? The project was founded by Raghu Dixit as an open house where musicians and artistes from different genres come together, collaborate and create a dynamic sound. He is from Mysore India and is the front man for his band The Raghu Dixit Project.? His music is an amalgamation of Indian ethnic music and various world music influences.? Dixit is also a Microbiologist and a proficient Indian classical dancer. He performed on the Jools Holland show in 2010.

(PKIMAGE photography, Glasgow - photographic artist of mainly music, portraits and events. Please visit my website to see my photo work and to get in touch with any questions.

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