Went to see Brian performing at Celtic Connections for
the first time. I had seen BK a couple of times in Scotland.
Reid Hall, Edinburgh being one which in my opinion was
the best intimate gig I was ever at. But this was to
be my first C.C. and I can honestly say it lived up
to all my expectations. Brian as always was in terrific
form and it was great to see the band there with him
........definitely had to have the band at this venue.
The Concert Hall was packed to capacity and Brian gave
the audience what they had come for. Great music, great
moves and an enormous amount of talent, not only from
himself but from every member of the band.
Aisling and myself had travelled over on the Ryan Air
One Cent Seats from Dublin and took the train
into Glasgow. Although we didn't have a lot of time
to see the city we packed quite a lot in. I really enjoyed
the Festival Club after Brian's gig. There was some
amazing talent on stage including the Irish Dancers
from the US and Canada. Pity Brian didn't perform there
but then he must have been knackered by the end of the
signing. He did look very tired!
It was lovely seeing all the familiar and new faces.
Roll on a Dublin Gig!! The purse strings are getting
tighter with all this following BK around the country
and beyond and I have my husband on my case. Ha!! Maybe
Brian might consider a gig at the Olympia as soon as
the new album is released. Ah, now there's something
to look forward to!
Lovely show. No set list, just go with the flow.
One women shouted for 'Different God', and so they played
it. Haven’t heard it in ages as you need
the band for it, so it was brilliant, always goose-bumps
stuff. He did all the usual favourites.
He wooed the Glasgow audience, and they loved it!
And so did we! Great trip, well worth the effort.
Another convening of the 'Usual Suspects' last night
for Celtic Connections, and a truly faultless performance
from 'yer man'. Elaine had flown with FlyBe-K, Jackie
with 'Bryanair' and Pat came by coach........Kennedy
Express. Helen, Gina and I didn't have too travel
too far........!! We met up for some lovely nosh in
Langs hotel bar, and even a glass of wine or two was
consumed by some (ME!).
Everyone was in high spirits and over the meal we discussed
the forthcoming year for Brian and Elaine and Jackie
told us all about their time in London at the Des and
Mel show filming (lucky things).
Looking very trim and fit, Brian appeared on stage in
jeans, black shirt and jacket and designer stubble and
treated us to a sexy alternative intro to Get on With
Your Short Life, punctuated with a few wolf whistles
from the audience before being joined on stage by the
band. We were treated to all the favourites....One Kiss,
Curragh of Kildare, Raglan Road, The Island, Crazy Love.
Someone shouted to Brian to sing Different God, and
he duly obliged! It was stunning.........gave me goosebumps!!!
Wish he would sing it more often live!! Brian was also
joined on stage by Joanie Madden from Cherish the Ladies
and we had a Brian singing Carrickfergus, accompanied
by Joanie on Flute and whistle.
I couldn't believe it was over when Brian ended Captured
with 'Thank you very much, Goodnight', but we had one
last moment to savour when Brian sang You Raise Me Up
with James Hallawell on keyboard.
As always, the signing queue was huge, but Brian had
time for everyone - for my neice this was her first
Brian Kennedy concert, and she was very excited to meet
Brian. He called her a 'sparkly princess' and she
was very happy with that! Jackie also had Barnaby Bear
who wanted his photograph taken with Brian too........!
We were some of the last people to leave the concert
hall before heading to the Festival Club - (I had a
late pass for the evening!). Much to our disappointment
Brian didn't sing at the Festival Club, but we did see
Cherish the Ladies and Boo Hewerdine. By 3am and 4 Bacardi
Breezers later, it was time for home......the end of
another fantastic Brian Kennedy experience. It was nice
to meet Aisling and Marie from Dublin and catch up with
Julie H and Jacqueline, and Pat and Julie L too.
Not forgetting our very own Jane and of course the 'Usual
Suspects'..............Helen, Elaine, Gina and Jackie!!
Well, didn't we have a lovely time at Glasgow's Celtic
Connections: Some flew by 'Flybe' and 'BrianAir' safely
delivered friends old and new.
And possibly BA got BK there in one piece. Aren't
we glad they did. Even Cinders left her fireside to
get a bit of warmth emanating from the stage! It was
lovely to meet some more of the familiar faces from
the website photos. Each concert is now more like
a reunion than just another concert.
The band were superb together. The best since the Waterfront
2003 and the set list lived up to the usual high standard.
Yer man was in fine voice too. No question.
Thanks go to the lady in the audience who requested
that Brian sing 'Different God'. She has asked
at each of the last three Glasgow concerts to no avail.
So glad you heard her this time, Brian. It was
were disappointed you didn't perform at the Festival
Club this year. We had to give up at about 2.30
am. So perhaps next time?
But where's the next venue? Is it Dublin, or Athens
or London or Rome? So long as there's transport,
we'll get there from home! Cheers for now, Helen