This years Celtic Connections is off to a flying start and doesn’t look like slowing down over the remaining two weeks.
The first gig was Navà and The Secret North who were playing in the Strathclyde Suite at the Concert Hall.
Bringing together the cultures of Ireland and Iran, Navà’s line up features banjo, santoor (Persian hammered dulcimer), tar (a narrow-waisted lute) and guitar which combine to give them a very unique sound indeed. The band played a mix of traditional Irish tunes as well as self composed music, showcasing a blend between the two cultures.
After an intensive five day workshop in a studio up north, The Secret North brings together six musicians from Scotland, England, Ireland, Sweden and Norway, and features musical pieces written by each member. It was a show which highlighted the different musical cultures and styles from each nation and with such a class line up of musicians it certainly didn’t disappoint. Musician’s include: Ailie Robertson (harp) and Donald Grant (fiddle) from Scotland, Jarlath Henderson (uillean pipes/whistles) from Ireland, Karen Tweed (accordion) England, Norway’s Sondre Meisfjord (bass) and Swedish/Norwegian mandola ace Marit Fält.