I have always been a little wary of Celtic Connections, because my interest in folk music sort of peters out as it gets closer and closer to purely traditional forms, which dominates a fair bit of the festival. Not that they don’t give loads of airtime to the crossover of folk into contemporary pop music, because they very much do, it’s just that only a certain percentage of the lineup is ever really going to appeal to me personally, that’s all.
Anyhow, the not very folky at all Broken Records played last night with The Burns Unit, and it was reviewed by Lloyd from Peenko. That’s dangerously close to being ‘legitimate’ rather than just a random hack fannying about on the internet, so congratulations to Lloyd, and I am delighted he enjoyed Broken Records. With the exception of the glorious Since We’ve Fallen Out I really don’t like the Burns Unit I have to confess, but the more stripped down stuff in the video above is lovely nevertheless.
In other news, Vic from Muruch (one of those mysterious friends you end up with these days who you know only via the internet – she could be Scarlett Johansson, Rosie O’Donnell or Jerry Springer in disguise for all I know) got in touch to say that she was helping Mountain Stage do some PR for their event and wondered if I might feature it. And you all know how I feel about nepotism…
So yes, Mountain Stage are a two hour live performance music show, which gets syndicated across National Public Radio all across the US, and they have an event at Celtic Connections this year. The bill is comprised of Mavis Staples, Dougie MacLean, Joy Kills Sorrow and Mollie O’Brien & Rich Moore, takes place at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall this Friday, the 21st January, and tickets can be purchased here.
So, enjoy, Glaswegians. I am staying here until next Thursday, when I might raid your fair city for some beers, which apparently you have in abundance.