The Punch Brothers, Celtic Connection 2015, review Pauline Keightley
The Punch Bothers are a hip, modern, suit-and-tie bluegrass band. Their emotive music with its great stories and melodies, foot-tapping banjo and mandolin was warmly applauded by the crowd at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall.
The band, consisting of Chris Thile (mandolin), Gabe Witcher (fiddle/violin), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Eldridge (guitar), and Paul Kowert (bass), describe themselves as acoustic folk/progressive bluegrass.
Their set included: subtle song stories, unaccompanied singing, instrumentals and spirituals sung in strong falsettos. Mostly they kept the tempo upbeat and styles were diverse including different tones, rhythms and harmonies plenty of variety in tone, dynamics, rhythms, harmonies and style. Thile also entertained the audience with his dancing. The Celtic Connections crowd clearly enjoyed the show – calling for an encore. I hope the band will be back in Glasgow before too long.
The Punch Brothers wrote the song Dark Days for the movie Hunger Games 2012, and also performed on the songs The Last Thing on My Mind (Tom Paxton) and Ewan MacColl’s The Shoals of Herring in the Coen Brothers 2013 film Inside LLewyn Davis.
Lead singer Chris Thile (mandolin) is from California and is known for his work with American Grammy award acoustic band Nickel Creek(2002 Best Contemporary Folk Album)
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