Another January in Glasgow and another Celtic Connections festival.
Every year the festival seems to grow a little larger and while there is all sorts of traditional, folky and world music on offer, if that floats your boat, there is also the chance to hear some new voices.
We begin with tonight’s support, from Edinburgh, Blue Rose Code aka Ross Wilson.
His songs tell of leaving for pastures new, past lovers and dead poets.
No, not those ones. The ones from Alexander Moffat’s Poet’s Pub painting. Specifically Hugh MacDiarmid which he announced to the audience that “It’s strange in the post referendum spirit of reconciliation that I should be singing a song by a grumpy bastard”.
Apparently this is part of a song series which should be interesting to hear in full.
Next up, Tiny Ruins from New Zealand.
They have a few appearances at the festival this year including a support slot with King Creosote as he performs ‘From Scotland With Love’.
This 3 piece were originally just an alter ego of singer and songwriter Hollie Fullbrook and you can hear a bit of that DNA in all of the songs as they sound like they’ve grown organically to add the extra members. Most of the songs here tonight are from their ‘Brightly Painted Things’ album.
The songs have a laid-back winter feeling; they build gently and atmospherically from quiet to loud and then back again. Holly’s voice is soothing and gentle, bass player Cass Basil’s harmonies kicking in from time to time as drummer Alexander Freer come in with cymbal rolls and beats on the deep sounding drums.
Perhaps fitting for a gig in a theatre, every song from both acts tonight leads you through a little story of some kind – some even have a back story.
Hollie explained how the song ‘Jamie Blue’ was written about a guy whose portrait hangs in the oldest house in Glasgow that she stumbled across by being dragged to the Necropolis while on tour with the Handsome Family.
And who doesn’t have a graveyard story involving the Handsome Family?
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