It felt great to be back at Celtic Connections tonight! Unfortunately not in person but Celtic Connections have still managed to bring our January music fix to our screens. This was a great start to the festival! The visuals were really clear and the sound fantastic – it was very close to being in the room with the bands.
The show started off with bagpipers Tryst walking up Buchanan Street in Glasgow, into the Concert Hall and onto the stage. This followed by the main act of the night the Celtic Connections Big Band featuring lots of great musicians from the UK scene including Ross Ainslie, Patsy Reid, Laura Wilkie, James MacIntosh, Michael McGoldrick and many more. Throughout the programme they played a range of different compositions from the band members and their friends including a great Russian number introduced by Grit Orchestra’s Greg Lawson. The show featured clips from many of the festival shows in the next few weeks including Come Away In with Karine Polwart, Eddi Reader, Rab Noakes, Siobhan Miller & Findlay Napier which I’m really looking forward to. Duncan Chisholm also played a beautiful track with the Scottish Ensemble. The whole Duncan Chisholm show is available to watch on BBC ALBA. At the end of the night it was a joy as ever to see Elephant Sessions with a fabulous light show previewing their show on the 30th January.
There were too many acts to mention tonight but it showed what a brilliant few weeks of music we can look forward to. We may not be in the concert hall surrounded by thousands of people but this is nearly as good. You can beat quality music played by fab musicians. Find out more at http://www.celticconnections.com