John, the Unthanks are great. I can't stop listening to their haunting version of King Crimson's Starless.Vieux Farka Toure coming to Celtic Connections this Sunday, but have just been offered a ticket for the Bert Jansch memorial concert.....decisions,decisions!
Tuesday at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall....John Grant, a strange mix of electronic ballads and drum and bass funk...loved it. Supported by gorgeous Rachel Sermani, complete contrast of acoustic melodic....marvellous too.
Wednesday: Holly Mc Ve supporting Teddy Thompson. Good stuff from both, especially TT duetting with Kelly Jones(no, not Stereophonic one...gorgeous US lady), and his encore of his classy hits.
Tonight, The Unthanks with their marvellous modern folk, with a finale of clog dancing, supporting Lau.
A terrific bargain with average ticket for £20
Isn't she just! I first saw Rachel when she supported Ron Sexsmith on his tour over 4 years ago (I can hardly believe time moves so quickly) and have been following her ever since. Her debut album, "Under Mountains" is a delight.Supported by gorgeous Rachel Sermani, complete contrast of acoustic melodic....marvellous too.
Avalon Sunset and the follow-up Enlightenment were minor masterpieces in an already impressive catalogue of albums from Van Morrison. And from the latter, "In The Days Before Rock And Roll" is in my opinion a truly great work. Agreed that, in general, the God thing is a slight distraction (and more so for the agnostics and atheists among us), but in almost every song that has that God reference, there is a double meaning, insofar as they work equally well as pure love songs. Carrying a Torch (on the subsequent Hymns To The Silence album - which would have been brilliant as a single [rather than double] album) is a classic example. Tom Jones' cover is great, but Van's original is definitive, and achingly beautiful.I love Van Morrison's early albums and I know people think he got old and fat in appearance and his music but I'm listening to Avalon Sunset tonight and it really is great. Yes, he pushes Christianity a little bit but OMFG what a soulful voice, well-concerted piano and backing vocals. A master of his chosen genre.