Matinée Idle

January 28, 2009 on 6:58 pm by Michael Grey | In Whinges | 3 Comments

I caught the joint Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and Bagad Cap Caval concert last Saturday afternoon at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  While most people were out and about, doing their “messages”, their Saturday chores – maybe even their washing –  I, along with almost 1300 other people, sat and took in a concert.  If it wasn’t for the hard truth that I was in Glasgow on vacation time I’d have almost felt guilty sitting around mid-day when there was Saturday work to be done.  The concert started at 12:30 pm.  A few minutes earlier and the concert may’ve been billed a morning wake-up.

I’ve complained about this before but I’ll say it again:  Celtic Connections programmers could do more to showcase pipe bands.  One simple way would be to schedule one of the festival’s primo concert events – “the pipe band afternoon” – in the evening.  Around the world, afternoon shows, or “matinées”, are rightly seen as the cheapie alternative for ticket buyers.  It’s at matinées that understudies get their shot at having a run-through performance and errant kids and frugal seniors have their look-in to a live show. 

Evening performances are always the main event. 

Speaking from years of experience attending Celtic Connections shows, it really is the pipe band – and piping, for that matter – that distinguishes this festival, no matter how many Nordic Rasta-country tabla players slotted in their programme. 


PS.  A fantastic and entertaining display of sophisticated muscianship from the Strathclyde Police and Cap Caval bands.



  1. Hi Mike, It was an excellent concert. True, a little early in the day.
    I wish the Gordon Duncan Memorial had been held there instead of the hotel!
    Sorry I missed you.
    Best, Sean

    Comment by Sean Mc — January 29, 2009 #

  2. Heh Mike…as a frugal senior, I too would prefer the evening gala to the afternoon matinee. I feel sorry for those musicians who had to be in top form from the early morning onwards. Congrats are in order for both Strathclyde and Cap Caval… wish I had been there…

    …and just for the record, was the ticket price any less at 12:30 pm (7:30 am EST)?

    Ken 🙂

    Comment by Captain — January 29, 2009 #

  3. Sean! Sorry we didn’t connect – next time.

    Kenny: I feel a tune coming, “The Frugal Senior” … Kate Rusby’s evening show at the GRCH had tickets £18 to £22 … maybe the CC programmers have pipe band enthusiasts pegged as all cheap, er, frugal. M.

    Comment by mike — January 29, 2009 #

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