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RM Hubbert / Aidan Moffat

Celtic Connections @ Glasgow Old Fruitmarket (Sunday February 3rd, 2019)

By • Feb 7th, 2019 • Category: Gig review

So this was the deadly duo’s biggest headline gig yet – and in true Celtic Connections style it was at the Old Fruit with the dreaded ‘cabaret style’ seating, an arrangement which BM feared might kill the gig stone dead, but happily it didn’t.

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

Appearing as a four-piece, with Hubby on guitar/vocals, Aidan on vocals/wee machine, the inestimable Jenny Reeve on fiddle/vocals and ‘Jeansie’ on drums.

They played most of their amazing album ‘Here Lies The Body’, which should be heard and played in every home in Scotland and beyond. BM reviewed the Christmas album launch back in December and hasn’t got a great deal more to add. Apart from screwing up ‘She Runs’ (technical gremlins) this was a well-balanced set which included highlights ‘Party On’, ‘Mz Locum’ and ‘Cockcrow’, tales of middle-aged longing and regret.

Aidan Moffat & RM Hubbert

Onstage discussions between Aidan and Hubby included Hubby ‘dressing up’ for the gig as “it is Celtic Connections, after all” (he sported jeans) and Aidan that a table to put his drink on would be a good idea after all these years…

Mordant, doomy at times but laced with jet black humour, these songs are dynamite and they really did do justice to them tonight – the CC audience always includes a lot of random folk, as well as those there to see opening act Marry Waterson and Emily Barker, and some might well have been won over…

The encore included two covers, ‘Only You’ by Yazoo (a great version), a song about Hitler (which BM will have to look up), and the classic ‘Car Song’, one of the duo’s first collaborations.

So all in all a very successful gig – and they might even get asked back!

RM Hubbert / Aidan Moffat

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