Well, Leo Blanco might not have made it – passport problems apparently – but last Sunday’s concert won’t be the only show at this year’s Celtic Connections to have a significant jazz input.
The World Fiddle Night concert at the Strathclyde Suite this Wednesday (19th) not only features jazz violinist Tim Kliphuis, but also has guitarist Nigel Clark in the band Koshka, who play the sort of East European gypsy swing Django and Grappelli might have come up with if they’d been from Russia. There are also fiddlers from Scotland, Ireland, the USA and India.
The Unusual Suspects, the folk big band co-lead by David Milligan and his wife Corinna Hewat, are playing at the Old Fruitmarket on Saturday 29th. As well as Milligan on piano, we’re promised a “powerhouse rhythm squad and a blistering brass section” which, according to the band’s web site, means Tom Lyne on bass, Alyn Cosker on drums and a horn squad of Rick Taylor on trombone, Nigel Hitchcock on sax, and Ryan Quigley and Colin Steele on trumpets. There will also be a wheen pipers, fiddlers and accordionists, plus Corinna Hewat playing harp and singing.
On the same night, the Hamish Napier Quintet are performing in the Recital Room. Napier first came to prominence playing in folk band Back of the Moon, but judging by the clips on their web site, the quintet is as much folky jazz as jazzy folk. Here they are:
Of course, there’s also lots of great music on at the festival which has nothing to do with jazz.