"In Praise of Chamber Music" + Brave In Concert, Celtic Connections


"....Two days later, in the neighbouring Strathclyde Suite, came the debut of another new Scots-born chamber ensemble, this one combining musicians supported by Dutch Performing Arts with three locals: Hardeep Deerhe on tabla, jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen and the whistle and pipes of Fraser Fifield. There was groove-aplenty from the LoLanders too – no matter whose composition was on the music stand, these experience hands could mine a riff for all it was worth. This was the finest context for Fifield’s talents I have heard, and communication between him and the viola and vocals of Oene Van Geel was the igniting spark, mirrored in Deerhe’s combination with percussionist Udo Demandt, and Stephen’s lick-trading with bassist Mark Haanstra.

The good news is that band is back in June for Glasgow Jazz Festival, at which you may also be confident of hearing pianist Fergus McCreadie, one of the stars of the “30 under 30” that the festival promoted for its 30th anniversary. (continues...)


and something completely different... 

Brave - live performance of the animated film with Orchestra and soloists, music by Patrick Doyle


"... The musical voices live on stage never put a foot wrong in the full hour and a half, and Brosse marshalled his huge forces with expert skill. The interaction between the orchestra and the trad band on sequences like Merida’s walk to the Witch’s cottage was a delight, and pipers Lorne MacDougall and Jarlath Henderson, Fraser Fifield on whistle and Chris Stout on fiddle were every bit as distinctive as you’d expect. There was a special vocal line-up as well, with Iona Fyfe joined by Eilidh Mackenzie and her daughter Peigi Barker, who voiced and sang the young Merida in 2012.

This Celtic Connections world premiere was a meticulously created package that should surely go on to many more venues". 

Well, let's hope...



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