Concert North Sea Gas

 

The very popular and highly entertaining Scottish folk band "North Sea Gas" paid a second visit to the island recently with their very individual blend of  instrumental playing and vocals, sophisticated harmonies,  and a continuous flow of craic. Dave Gilfillan, Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson are an award winning band who have been together for over 20 years and have an international career and fan base. But  their many recordings, they told the audience, all started with a Lismore man, Jim Arbuthnott, who heard them, wanted a recording and, when he learnt they didnít have the money, he put it up. The rest is history; it was a good investment.  They all play a variety of instruments from bodhran to bouzouki, with Grant Simpson great on the fiddle and Dave Gilfillan doing the jokes which occasionally harked back to a time we thought (hoped) had gone when mothers in law, marriage ruining a manís life, and drunkenness were hilarious. However their music is extremely fresh and whether  traditional, or contemporary it is all put together with a style of their own. Numbers included many old favourites such as Ye Jacobites by Name, The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie and Loch Lomond , with some interesting modern additions such as The Classy Lassie with the Slimline Chassis. CDs were available to buy and the ever-resourceful Hall Committee provided and excellent tea. Everyone agreed they had had an excellent evening's entertainment.

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