Aimee Mann Celtic Connections - review by Pauline Keightley

Added on Friday 8 Feb 2013

Photo: aimee mann 02 ABC Glasgow photo pauline keightley. 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?

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