16 September 2016, CCA, Sràid Sauchiehall, Glaschu
Oidhche Americana is a celebration of the cultural connections between traditional Gaelic song and Americana music. This year we took inspiration from the iconic duets of Nashville’s golden age.
Mairi Morrison and Dòl Eoin MacKinnon are currently starring in the BBC Alba drama ‘Bannan’ but both are fine singer/songwriters in their own right.
Their performance included traditional Gaelic songs, Country standards and original compositions.
The duo surprised and delighted the audience with their closing number; an atmospheric, slowed down version of the Dolly Parton heart-breaker “Jolene”.
Warren MacIntyre and Lorraine Wilson are long time collaborators on Glasgow’s roots music scene. The pair’s ethereal harmonies evoke memories of Americana greats like Emmy Lou Harris and Gram Parsons. For this event Warren assembled an outstanding group of musicians to support them.
Although both singers hail from Gaelic speaking families this was the first time they had sung in Gaelic together. Stand out moments included a phenomenal, partially Gaelic, version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Wild Horses’ and an original song ‘Leaving Love Behind Me’ by Lorraine inspired by her grandmother who was born in Mingulay.
Kathleen MacInnes with Michelle Burke and Leo Forde
Kathleen MacInnes is regarded as one of the finest traditional Gaelic singers of her generation but she has always admired great Country performers like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette.
For this event she enlisted Irish songstress Michelle Burke and guitar virtuoso Leo Forde.
Michelle’s blissful harmonies and Leo’s inventive guitar arrangements provided a perfect accompaniment for Kathleen’s take on a bevy of bona fide Country Classics!
Their set included gems like Loretta Lynn’s ‘I Never Will Marry’, the Bluegrass classic ‘Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow’ and a Gospel inspired rendition of ‘How Great Thou Art’.
Michelle was given a chance to shine on their version of Tammy Wynette’s ‘Stand By Your Man’.
The trio brought their set to a close with two outstanding covers ; Steve Earle’s ‘My Old Friend The Blues’ and Michael Marra’s ‘Take Me Out Drinking Tonight’.
MC Derek Mackay thanked all the artists involved for providing another fantastic Oidhche Americana.