Showing that there’s something for everyone at Celtic Connections this year, tonight we have Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy performing songs from his newest project Tweedy.
With son Spencer on drums, placed to his left near the front of the stage so that you can actually see what he’s doing (for once a drummer you can see) and surrounded by a full band, they played songs from their album Sukierae. I’m sure there’s a couple of Wilco numbers in the set list too.
There’s some gentleness and sweetness in songs like ‘Flowering’ and some almost prog-esque wigouts with crashing guitars on ‘Diamond Light’.
This is all very well received by the audience, and it’s pretty clear to see who they came to see by the time they showed up.
But if truth be told it’s the support band, the Wisconsin three-piece Field Report who really interested me.
Carrying on the theme of hearing new voices, Field Report is a band that I’ve been aware of for a while as a distant blip on my radar.
Probably due to the Bon Iver connections of singer and frontman Chris Porterfield.
But if that band is winter then Field Report is spring. There’s warmth to their songs, Porterfield’s voice sounding both powerful and vulnerable, yet there is something sparse too.
Musically there’s quite a lot going on – multiple instrument changes, beats and loops, acoustic and electronic drums.
There’s definitely a thread of electronica woven into their sound beside some alt. country, Americana and indie-folk – in a similar way to John Hopkins and King Creosote did on their Diamond Mine album. The set list tonight is pretty much their second album Marigolden.
When someone down the front shouted for ‘Leave The Lights On’ Porterfield seemed genuinely taken aback. “You know our songs?” he replied before the band dutifully obliged with a real stand-out number. Hopefully by the time they pass our way again it will be more than just one guy shouting for a song.
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