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Celtic Connections review: Hamish Napier, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

7 monthes ago   |   By The Scotsman

Hamish Napier's 2018 album The Railway was commissioned to memorialise the long-gone Speyside Line on behalf of Grantown East Heritage and Cultural Centre, a converted train station outside Grantown-on-Spey, and for multi-instrumentalist Napier, who plays keyboards in his own band, the project is replete with a sense of nostalgia and of common feeling, dealing with the heritage of the part of Speyside where he grew up and recently returned to after nearly two decades in Glasgow.
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Celtic Connections review: Paul Towndrow & The Keywork Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Celtic Connections review: Paul Towndrow & The Keywork Orchestra, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

7 monthes ago   |   By The Scotsman

Saxophonist Paul Towndrow's glorious Deepening the River was commissioned for performance in Glasgow's opulent Merchants' House at Festival 2018, inspired by the city's merchant past, the burgeoning fortunes of its port economy and its role in the transatlantic slave trade, and delivered by the eclectic Keywork Orchestra, bringing together a fine phalanx of jazz and folk players, with Towndrow conducting and contributing to this groovy 23-piece chamber ensemble.
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