The opening weekend of Celtic Connections has left our ears ringing with some fantastic music. The opening concert ‘Nae Regrets’ – Martyn Bennett’s Grit went beyond any expectations anyone in the audience could have had, Greg Lawson and the 70 odd strong Orchestra owned the main auditorium of the Concert Hall that night. If you missed it you can see it on BBC Two Scotland on Thursday 22nd January but here is a wee taster of what you missed
Other highlights from the weekend for us were some new discoveries in the Erlend Viken Trio, New Road, The Sea Road Sessions, The Rambling Boys and Dosca. The we had some of our good pals at the Festival Club over the weekend including Trio AAB, Mairearad & Anna, Patsy Reid and Sorren MacLean and Hannah Fisher.
There is no time to have a rest so looking forward to the few days here are our top tips.
Mike Vass “In the Wake of Neil Gunn” and Rachel Newton (Wednesday 21st Jan – Mitchell Theatre)
“Step into My Parlour” Featuring Michelle Burke (Wednesday 21st Jan – Old Fruitmarket)
Tiny Ruins & Blue Rose Code (Wednesday 21st – Tron Theatre)
Tunebook presents Melody Lab (Thursday 22nd Jan – National Piping Centre)
Breabach and Waoira and Alan Kelly Gang (Thursday 22nd Jan – Old Fruitmarket)
We also have lots of new stock in the Music and Gift Emporium with deliveries from Vertical Records and Reveal Records, we now stock Kabloom Seedbombs and lots of lovely new brooches. Keep an eye out for photos and recommendations coming soon.