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Posts Tagged ‘Celtic Connections’

Le Vent du Nord and Breabach

Posted by Jackie on February 5, 2010

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The gig I went to see at the Strathclyde Suite was headlined by Quebecois band Le Vent du Nord (‘The North Wind’) who featured here this time last year as I saw them supporting La Bottine Souriante, also at Celtic Connections. The support act was Scottish band Breabach. Actually though in both halves the two bands came and played together – this was taken towards the end of the show, and although not a great photo (I was too far back, this is the least bad photo!) it was a great gig, we thoroughly enjoyed it. They are touring together around Scotland at the moment and Quebec later this year – catch them if you can!

This blog is going to take a wee break-ette – I’ll be back with more photos in mid-Feb! 🙂

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Strathclyde Suite

Posted by Jackie on February 4, 2010

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The final Celtic Connections gig I went to was at the Strathclyde Suite, which is upstairs at the Royal Concert Hall. This shows some of the lights before the gig started – I’ll show the band tomorrow.

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The Legendary Gypsy Kings and Queens (2)

Posted by Jackie on February 3, 2010

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These two photos feature the other singer who performed as part of the Legendary Gypsy Kings and Queens show, Esma Redzepova from Macedonia. She was actually the reason I wanted to see the show (I saw her perform a few years ago when I was in Sibiu* in Romania), and she certainly didn’t disappoint. However I must say that all the other acts were also so good that even if she hadn’t been performing I would have more than got my money’s worth! What a brilliant night.

* Folks, Sibiu Daily Photo has its final photo tomorrow. It’s been brilliant reliving my few months there – if you’ve not seen it check out a beautiful little city 🙂

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The Legendary Gypsy Kings and Queens (1)

Posted by Jackie on February 2, 2010

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Back to Celtic Connections, and a show at the Royal Concert Hall called “The Legendary Gypsy Kings and Queens”. This featured 2 house bands (Kaloome from France and Mahala Rai Banda from Romania) who were both amazing, and a number of singers and dancers. These pictures show the bands with singers Florentina Sandu from Romania and Jony Iliev from Bulgaria, and dancers Aurela Sandu and Tantzica Ionita.

(click on any of the pictures for a larger version)

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Balkanarama (3)

Posted by Jackie on January 30, 2010

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The top two pictures are a band called Black Cat (from Edinburgh – I’m guessing their name is inspired by the utterly brilliant film Black Cat White Cat) – their MySpace page is here. The bottom two pictures are a band called Besh o droM from Hungary (on MySpace here).

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Balkanarama (2)

Posted by Jackie on January 29, 2010

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Maybe I’m weird, but one thing I really enjoyed about this gig, as well as the music, was the visual stuff that was going on above the stage. Some of it was really funny, with some enjoyable references for anyone familiar with the Balkan region.

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Balkanarama (1)

Posted by Jackie on January 28, 2010

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The next day we were back at the Fruitmarket for their Balkan night. We were greeted on our arrival by a couple of musicians and dancer in the audience space.

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Imagined Village (2)

Posted by Jackie on January 27, 2010

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I hope these give a flavour of the energy of the gig – it was quite quite brilliant 🙂

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Imagined Village (1)

Posted by Jackie on January 26, 2010

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The first band we went to see was The Imagined Village, a group of folk luminaries (including Martin and Eliza Carthy amongst many others) giving new life to some traditional English folk songs. It was a fabulous gig. You can check out their music on their myspace page.

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Before the gig

Posted by Jackie on January 12, 2010

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Here’s a view of the Old Fruitmarket stage, before the band comes on to play. It is my absolute favourite venue in Glasgow for gigs.

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