I listened to the four programmes from Celtic Connections on Radio 3 and mostly enjoyed the music, though I fell asleep during the programmes.
I enjoyed Friday night's WO3 - enjoyed Joe whatsisname and the Blind Boys in particular. Which reminds me that on Sunday evening I caught a bit of a sort of 'Songs of Praise' in Gaelic (no Andy in sight) on Beeb 2 Scotland - there was a choir singing a Psalm from Stornaway with that answering that they do - pretty amazing actually. No LA unfortunately - must watch more of that series. Better than the Beeb1 one.
Last edited by johncorrigan; 31-01-11 at 19:51.
Reason: blown away by gaelic
I have finally got on to the Celtic Connections programme.
The opener and one or two of the others by Furnace Mountain reminded me a little of the songs from Why The Long Face by Suzzy and Maggie Roche. Not as good in my humble opinion - I love that album - and they didn't quite do it for me on the fast ones but interesting enough.
More observations in due course. For now, a really daft question. John - Are there any outdoors venues for Celtic Connections? - Lat.
Only on the naturist beach beside the Clyde, Lat! Of course, nothing worn under the Kilts - all in perfect working order!
You think us Londoners are wet behind the ears, don't you. You can't fool me. I know that the naturist beach in Glasgow is by the Willow Tearooms and that the sporran is the undergarment traditionally worn by the kilted.
An ex work colleague - pleasant but mad - has suggested that my future is in starting a festival. The first outline draft places it in winter somewhere outdoors. That should separate the sheep from the goats and be of interest to the llamas.
Now then, I'm enjoying this so far, midway through part two. Lorne Macdougall was the highlight for me of the first part and I do like the Red Hot Chilli Pipers as well because they are crackers. Rosanne Cash was very good, I thought, not just a name, and I will listen to her more.
Laura Cantrell. I'm not quite sure why John Peel was so effusive. She was ok but I don't quite get her popularity. Cheikh Lo, yes, MAK was right, mellow. I find him a slightly odd artist in that he can be bland for a while and then incredibly moving. Overall a thumbs up - that second track he did was terrific.
The Norwegian lassie - see, I'm getting into the spirit of it - nice. As for the Israeli born Yasmin Levy - blimey, the "I" word got past the censors - when she was interviewed by Charlie, well, I liked the idea of her more than her music. Now I am completely convinced that she is one of the greatest singers of our time. Again, it was the second track for me that did it.
I'm very pleased tonight because I have now put together my new Argos cd rack - six now and the room is looking tidy. More shortly if you can stand it.
Last edited by Lateralthinking1; 01-02-11 at 23:31.
Laura C has a few hot spots I think as a singer BUT she's a really grand Thrift Shop dj.
'The Willow Tearooms' - The Everly Brothers ?
Mr S - It has twelve fine compartments and looks terrific in my bungalow - as someone I have lost touch with described it "just like a little holiday home, even with the original 1960s sink and furnishings".
Not sure if I still have a chance to hear the rest of the celtic output following the neighbourhood disconnections. However, I did hear the Blazing Fiddles and donned the kilt of my clan for the purpose.
It was a quick jig in the old tangerine, silver and puce with nothing unsubstantial below it. Next thing, oddly, all external communications ceased. Ever since, we have had to live simply by oil stove, tin can and candle.
Actually, John, there is a clip of the bungalow with its original owner -