Oidhche Americana

19 September 2015

Our first event of our 2015/16 season was Ceòl ‘s Craic’s third annual “Americana Night”. The aim is to explore the cultural connections between Gaelic song and the world of Americana music.

The Vèloniños made a welcome return to the CCA stage to perform more of their self penned rockers. Vocalist Alasdair Whyte (now referred to as the fifth Véloniño) joined the band to perform a haunting Gaelic rendition of their ballad “Helenstown”. They followed this with a version of the old classic “Sine Bhan” which had a delighted audience singing along.

Tenement and Temple is the latest project from Monica Queen and Johnny Smillie, long time stalwarts of Glasgow’s indie scene. They’ve developed a stripped back acoustic approach to their songs which gives Monica’s majestic voice room to take flight. The duo were joined by Gaelic singer, songwriter Darren MacLean (making his second Ceòl ‘s Craic, Americana appearance) and the pair’s harmonies shone on Maraiche nan Aigh.

Iain “Costello” MacIver and John Murray have been appearing together as New Tradition for more than twenty years. While Iain has never stopped writing and recording it has been some time since they have appeared live onstage together and this was their first Glasgow show in over seven years! For this performance they were joined by Coinneach MacLeod on drums and Lynsey MacRitchie on fiddle / keyboard. The band delivered a knock – out set of Iain’s original compositions and ended the night by inviting all the other performers onstage for a rousing Gaelic rendition of the Country classic “Will The Circle Be Unbroken”.

Our regular M.C John Carmicheal brought proceedings to a close stating that Ceòl ‘s Craic’s Americana Night is going from strength to strength.