Tuesday, 17 September 2013

John Goldie Gig - Walk- in Playlist

Here's the walk-in playlist from Saturday's John Goldie gig and before anyone asks, the reason it is so long is because it also covered the interval and the aftermath. Anyway, as usual, most of this stuff can be found on iTunes/Amazon etc. but if you need any help or advice please drop us a line

Elliott Morris Playlist now in the Ardshiel

Outrageously talented guitarist singer/songwriter Elliott Morris plays Ceol on Thursday 3rd October.  As part of the general build-up we now have a playlist in The Ardshiel Hotel where it is on rotation in the famous Whisky Bar and restaurant. So....... if you want to hear what Elliott sounds like in advance of the gig,  a good idea might be to head for the Ardshiel, ask them to put on the playlist and then relax your mind with a large one in the company of Elliott and of course any pals that are with you.....

In the meantime, here's a copy of the Elliott Morris playlist for your own personal perusal.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Some thoughts on the John Goldie gig

So, John Goldie then? He came, he saw and conquered.  He gave us a fabulous concert of music and anecdotes from his life on the road and left the Ceol audience desperate for more. The good news is he has promised to return. The bad news is that it won't be until next year...

John Goldie tells us why old Nashville side-men have long beards

It is very difficult to explain what exactly happened at the gig. John was so laid-back that he underwent the shortest soundcheck I have ever witnessed and then proceeded to provide us with an unparalleled musical education stretching from jazz standards via, Dolly Parton (9 to 5), The Stones (Honky Tonk Women), Tom Jones (It's Not Unusual) to Nashville, Motown (Heard it Through the Grapevine) and unusual hybrids (Summertime versus Green Onions!). We also had a close encounter with Smoke on the Water and an impromptu rendering of Postman Pat alongside some Blues, old and new. Most people take the chance to clear their throats between songs but John carelessly blurts out the introduction to Sweet Home Alabama as if it were a passing thought.

So, yes, it was that kind of night, a mixture of virtuosity and fun supported by some brilliant stories from the road delivered in a very humorous and self-effacing manner. Yet, the real musical highlights of the evening came from John's own pen - they were in turn, amusing, thrilling and poignant and straight out of the top drawer. Indeed, for many, his beautiful slow air, Here and Now, was the emotional highpoint of the night. Straight from the heart, simple and direct, it really struck home.

John Goldie  gives Honky Tonk Women some welly!

At the interval, a few members of the audience expressed doubts about the number of fingers John possessed on each hand, the highest estimate being 12! It was also instructive to see them file past him at the end just so as they could check. There was something right Campbeltown about that!

Sadly, all good things come to an end and the grumpy old Janny brought the curtain down on the night by showing everybody the door!

 A stunned John Goldie is usurped by Mr Jobsworth the Janitor

All in all, then another great night at Ceol, a winning combination of music and yarns delivered by one of Scotland's finest living musicians.  It is such a shame that the is better known in Europe, Asia and America than he is in his own native land. If you ever have the chance to see him live, grab it with both hands and don't let go!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

A Word About Playlists

Now that we're on a semi-roll, as they say in Carradale, I'd better say a few words about playlists.

Firstly, I've had a few enquiries about the "walk-in" music played before, during and after the gigs, so I've decided to post the tracks and artistes names on the Blog for reference. Most of the music can be found on-line by sticking the names in the search engine of your favourite on-line music store but if something is proving elusive, give us a shout and hopefully we can help you find it.

So, here's the first playlist from the Alan Murphy/Chris Adams & George Tucker gigs.....

......and here's the one from the Steve Daggett night:

Also, just to finish this off for now we have another playlist in The Ardshiel which features music by artistes who are due to play at Ceol. The idea behind this playlist is to provide a gentle reminder of or even an introduction to the artistes' work. A copy of this playlist is kept behind the bar so if anything happens to catch your ear while you are indulging in quiet drink or even when you are at your dinner, please don't be shy about asking to see it. I shall post the Ardshiel playlists on the Blog as time allows........

Monday, 9 September 2013

Catching Up!

My apologies. It's been a while since the last post, however we've not been idle. Honestly!

Since the last bulletin,  had a great concert from Steve Daggett of Lindisfarne back in August and we're now preparing for this weekend's gig by ace guitarist John Goldie. Coming up in the lift, we have outrageously talented guitarist/singer/songwriter Elliott Morris who appears on THURSDAY 3rd October whilst the legendary  Rab Noakes  graces the stage at Ceol on Saturday 26th October. 

More information on these gigs and some early warnings on next year's concerts coming shortly.

Guitarist John Goldie plays at Ceol on Saturday 14th September

Looking back to the Steve Daggett gig for a second, it was a master-class on how to engage an audience with a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar material. Steve augmented his voice and guitar with occasional harmonica and stomp-box which brought real moments of light and shade to the music. By the end of the night, not only was everyone singing along with the obvious favourites from Lindisfarne/Alan Hull's back catalogue (Lady Eleanor, Fog on the Tyne, City Song, Meet Me on the Corner, Run from Home and One More Bottle of Wine to mention but a few) and also a couple from a certain Mr Zimmerman (Maggie's Farm and Don't Think Twice It's Alright), they were also making a dive for Steve's stack of his own CDs. Next time round, the Ceol crowd will be singing along to Daggett-penned classics such as Mandolin Moon, Devil's Causeway and the peerless Ballad of Jimmy Forsyth. Here's a couple of clips from the gig on our YouTube Channel.  As you will see, Willie Durnan's lights also played a major part in the success of the show - classy and sympathetic as ever. Many thanks, Willie!

Steve Dagget at Ceol

Moving back to John Goldie, it's pretty hard to categorise this guy and I'm not sure he would want to be pigeon-holed. Although acknowledged as one of the finest jazz guitarists in the world, whether solo or playing in a combo, John also brings his own finely-honed rock, soul and folk influences to his performances, reinventing classics such as this or even more surprising, this!  He is also a fine composer in his own right as evidenced here performing with his excellent Acoustic Unit.

It's shaping up to be another great night at Ceol so we hope to see you there! There are a few tickets still available at the reception at The Ardshiel Hotel, priced £8.  However, best not leave it too late in case you get  caught out by the infamous Campbeltown rush and miss out as you'll probably end up regretting it for the rest of your life!