NOT TO BE MISSED AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS
Written by Archie Fergusson on 11/01/2015
With less than a week to go until the festival gets underway there are a number of shows that are not to be missed with tickets selling fast.
The Campbell Brothers will perform John Coltrane’s ‘A Love Supreme’ to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the seminal album release, Coltrane’s most spiritual composition. The Campbell Brothers’ sacred steel gospel version of ‘A Love Supreme’ was commissioned by Lincoln Centre Out of Doors and Duke Performances at Duke University and premiered at the Lincoln Centre in New York in August last year where it was met by shouts of joy and a wild standing ovation.
The Campbell Brothers will be supporting The McCrary Sisters in the Old Fruitmarket on Wednesday 28th January.
Jeff Tweedy, founder of top alt-country/rock acts Wilco and Uncle Tupelo, and Billy Bragg’s collaborator on the Mermaid Avenue series of Woody Guthrie material, will be performing in the second week of the festival under the single name Tweedy alongside his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer.
Tweedy will be performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Thursday 29th January.
The great Beninois diva Angélique Kidjo will perform with the backing of a full symphony orchestra in the form of Glasgow’s very own Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
Angélique Kidjohas enjoyed a trailblazing career dating back to the 1980s, during which she cross-fertilised her native traditions with a scintillating array of international styles and genres, bring her a Grammy award among a myriad of other accolades. Originally performed with the Orchestra Philharmonique du Luxembourgh, this current project features favourite songs spanning back to her breakthrough hit ‘Malaika’, setting Kidjo’s spectacular voice amid skilfully crafted arrangements by composer and conductor Gast Waltzing
Angélique Angélique Kidjois performing in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Saturday 17th January.
Inspired by the recent book Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia written by Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, this Atlantic spanning concert will feature students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Boston’s Berklee Colllege, in a collaborative exploration of their musical history and evolving traditions
Around 40 RCS students, led by Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth, will be joined by Berklee-founded band Twisted Pine now making their name on Boston’s vibrant bluegrass scene, Together with special guests including fiddlers Hanneke Cassel and Jenna Moynihan, and Canadian siblings Qristina and Quinn Bachand.
RCS Presents Wayfaring Strangers is in City Halls on Sunday 18th January.