I caught the joint Strathclyde Police Pipe Band and Bagad Cap Caval concert last Saturday afternoon at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.Â Â WhileÂ most people were out and about, doing their “messages”, their Saturday chores – maybe even their washing – Â I, along with almost 1300 other people, sat and took in a concert.Â Â 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-dayÂ when there was Saturday work to be done.Â The concert started at 12:30 pm.Â A fewÂ 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:Â Â Celtic Connections programmers could do more to showcase pipe bands.Â One simple way would be to schedule one of the festival’sÂ primo concert events – “the pipe band afternoon” – in the evening.Â Around the world, afternoon shows, or “matinÃ©es”,Â are rightly seen as the cheapie alternative for ticket buyers.Â It’s at matinÃ©es that understudies get their shot at having aÂ run-through performance andÂ errant kids and frugal seniors have their look-in to a live show.Â
Evening performances are always the main event.Â
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 NordicÂ Rasta-country tabla players slotted in their programme.Â
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PS.Â A fantastic and entertaining display ofÂ sophisticated muscianshipÂ from the Strathclyde Police and Cap Caval bands.
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