I have attended some top gigs in 2015. Most memorably the legend voice that is 'Van Morrison' who takes both Irish and R & B soul to new levels. Just awesome! Then Scottish indie rockers 'Idlewild' played their debut return gig at the O2 ABC Glasgow and played such an energized and fun gig. Top quality. Another memorable concert was the 'Punch Brothers' at the concert hall during Celtic Connections 2015 - their harmony singing and electrifying banjo playing was highly enjoyable. I also enjoyed wonderful singing at the Scottish A Cappella Championships St Andrews. Other quality concerts included the Alan Kelly band, the Dirty Beggars, and not forgetting the quality musicianship and singing at the Transatlantic Sessions. I've been very fortunate and a big thanks to all these wonderful artists who entertain us so well!
Gallery - http://pkimage.co.uk/p156850829
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Hozier took my attention for his depth and subtle toned voice. I heard him sing a Van Morrison song - Domino - on the Jools Holland new year show. His song Take Me to Church is truly a classic, no doubt of it for those who say its all been heard before and nothing decent in music is done these days.
Hozier - Hozier - http://hozier.com/
Here are a few other classics that were released in 2015/ 2014
Julia Hotler - Have You in My Wilderness - http://www.juliashammasholter.com/
Father John Misty - I Have You Honey Bear - http://www.fatherjohnmisty.com/
The Shires - Brave - http://www.theshiresmusic.com/
John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure - http://johngrantmusic.com/
Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20 - http://lucindawilliams.com/
War on Drugs - Lost in the Dream - http://www.thewarondrugs.net/
Kathryn Joseph - bones you have thrown me and blood i've spilled
(SAy award) I met her briefly going into play at the Edinburgh book festival where her vintage piano was carefully being lifted over the stone steps via the backstage entrance into the Charlotte square gardens. - http://www.kathrynjoseph.co.uk/
Idlewild - Everything Ever Written - http://idlewild.co.uk/
Rab Noakes - I'm Walkin Here - http://rabnoakes.bandcamp.com/album/im-walkin-here
C Duncan - Architect - http://c-duncan.co.uk/
Belle & Sebastian - Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance - http://www.belleandsebastian.com/
Chvrches - Every Open Eye - http://www.chvrch.es/
Alan Kelly Band – The Last Bell - http://alankellygang.com/band/
Those Borderlands.....Change and innovation does not occur in the large mainstream, but in the hinterlands edges and in smaller places. You need to explore the vast array of the different forms and find out where they meet. In the borderlands.
PS I was sad to hear of the death of David Bowie - his greatest strength was being first and lastly an artist in the true sense of discovery, innovation and edge. He wished to create alternative worlds. Sadly missed.
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