A Night of Ballads, Love and Murder

25 May 2013, CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street


For the final event of the 2012/13 season Ceòl ’s Craic, in association with An Lòchran, staged an evening of love and murder ballads to a sell out crowd. It featured a new collaboration between Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes and the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, Rab Noakes. If the evening’s music verged on the sombre, the M.C., River CIty star, Tony Kearney, lightened the mood between acts.

The evening was opened by singer and Clàrsach player, Mischa MacPherson. In a lively set, Mishca was accompanied by Conal McDonagh on pipes and Innes White on guitar.

This was followed by a debut Ceol ’s Craic performance from Mod Gold Medal winning singer Alasdair Whyte. Alasdair and his band performed numbers from his excellent first album, Las, interspersed with traditional  Gaelic ballads.

The evening culminated with Kathleen MacInnes and Rab Noakes. Rab took the lead on the English, songs which included the adultery and murder ballad Long Black Veil and Bob Dylan’s meditation on mortality, Not Dark Yet. Rab accompanied Kathleen on guitar during the Gaelic songs which included An Dà Fheannaig, a Gaelic version of the familiar ballad The Twa Corbies. A’ Bhean Eudach, sung by a drowning woman who has been lured to her death by her jealous sister, delivered the elements of love and murder to the performance with a dramatic flourish. Kathleen’s vocals in combination with Rab’s guitar providing the haunting musical accompaniment to A’ Bhean Eudach highlighted the undoubted success of this new musical collaboration.


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