What a top night! If you missed this gig at Perth Concert Hall you missed a cracking night! It was the second in a series of three Celtic Sessions – McCusker, McGoldrick & Doyle all playing on stage together.
I admit to not actually knowing any of these very talented musicians names before I was invited to attend but the internet is a wonderful thing. Seeing these guys play was another thing all together and I highly recommend going to see them and in fact live music as a whole should be supported. The concert hall itself is a brilliant venue for live music and performances for all genres. This year alone you can see acts like Heather Small (of 90’s group, M People), Perth Choral Society, Lulu, Gregory Porter and of course the final of this years Celtic Sessions with Altan and Karen Matheson. One I am very excited about is Deacon Blue later in the year!
So as you can see Perth Concert Hall is THE place to be. You can make a night of it – have a meal and pre-show drinks in the Glassrooms cafe too. You can go straight from your meal to your seat in the auditorium – perfect. Being in the centre of the city means you have access to all Perth has on offer too.
As with my first visit, the staff on the ticket desk were helpful, friendly and polite – always a good start! The bar was busy and there was a great atmosphere in the foyer.
When the two Johns and Michael came on to the stage they received a loud reception of claps, cheers and whistles and began to play straight away, starting at seven thirty. For the first half of the gig there were a mix of slower songs and faster jigs, you know the sort you can’t stop your feet tapping to? I wanted to get up and dance but I refrained myself.
I had never seen or of heard Uilleann pipes before and they really are quite mesmerising and played alongside the fiddle and any of John Doyle’s guitars it really is a heavenly sound.
As they played, periodically, after a couple of songs the audience were told a bit of history behind each musician, humorous tales of how they came to name or write songs. I liked this bit of interaction with the audience and for someone like me who knows very little about them it helped to understand their musical career, influences and how much music and it’s history means to each of them.
The interval was an opportunity to buy each musicians individual or collective album on CD or, get this, vinyl!!! For some fans it was also an opportunity for a quick chat or to ask for a photo. I spoke to a few people who had paid to see the trio play, travelling from Dundee, Blairgowrie and Perth. All of whom had seen at least one of the musicians play live before.
For the second half of the evening there were songs of love, travelling and islands. Some with ability to get your foot tapping and some to put a lump in your throat.
Its funny that even though many of the songs did not have lyrics you can feel the emotion and the lump in the throat that I just mentioned did happen! The beauty of live music. One stage where your concentration is focused and it can take you anywhere. Something that listening to a CD in the car can’t do.
Only down side to the performance for me was that when they came back on stage for an encore they chose to play a slower tune rather than something up beat. I found this a bit odd and it left me slightly deflated after all the head bobbing and foot tapping I had been doing.
As you can maybe tell I had another fantastic evening with Perth Concert Hall Celtic Sessions – McCusker, McGoldrick & Doyle. I would recommend trying to see these guys play live if they are coming anywhere near you. Thanks again to the staff at the venue for your kind hospitality once again. See you soon.