This January 15th concert is a classic Celtic Connections bill, featuring a contrasting trio of top roots acts from Scotland, Ireland and the United States – but with one major difference. “House band” for all three will be the massed symphonic might of the City Halls’ resident ensemble, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
Fiddle legend Frankie Gavin, who launched his new De Dannan line-up in 2009, featuring four of Ireland’s brightest young traditional stars, already has impressive form with orchestras in the band’s previous incarnation.
The multicolored sonic tapestries woven by banjo doyenne Alison Brown, with her virtuoso bass/piano/drums line-up, likewise offer fertile scope for orchestral arrangements, which will also lend extra resonance and atmosphere to Dundee bard Michael Marra’s grittily bittersweet balladry.
Sat 15 January, 7:30pm
City Halls, Grand Hall
Frankie Gavin recordings available:
- In North America: Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn, Frankie Goes to Town, Fierce Traditional, Shamrocks & Holly: An Irish Christmas Celebration, The Full Score
- In Europe:
Alison Brown recordings available:
- In North America: The Company You Keep, Stolen Moments, Alison Brown Quartet – Live at Blair with Joe Craven, Quartet, Best Of The Vanguard Years, Fair Weather, Evergreen, Replay, Look Left, Twilight Motel, Out of the Blue
- In Europe: Company You Keep, Stolen Moments, Fair Weather, Replay, Out of the Blue, Evergreen, Look Left, The Alison Brown Quartet, Twilight Motel
Celtic Connections tickets are available at:
By phone 0141 353 8000
In person Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3NY
City Halls and Old Fruitmarket
Glasgow, G1 1NQ
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.