Lori Gordon

Bletherings From a Music Obsessed Mind

Best of Danny Kyle 2012, week 1

Another Celtic Connections festival is upon us and with it, the nightly Danny Kyle Open Stage performances. For those unfamiliar with the Danny Kyle, it gives emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their talent before a live audience and a panel of judges, as well as via the radio, thanks to the wonderful folks at Celtic Music Radio. The six overall winners of each year’s Danny Kyle get a gig at the next year’s Celtic Connections. It’s a fabulous forum to hear what’s on the horizon.

The following are my favorites from the first week of Danny Kyle performances, in no particular order:

The Sally Simpson Trio – Unfortunately, this group does not have any sort of a website. The members are Sally Simpson, fiddle; Michael Ferrie, guitar; Catriona Hawksworth, piano. I loved this group! You can listen to their set here.

Albanach Duo – Classical guitar duo. I was impressed with how intricate their playing was. You can listen to their set here.

Georgia Gordon – This lass is only 16 but she is already exhibiting amazing talent. You can listen to her set here.

Cherry Grove – A brilliant trad group that was spot on! You can listen to their set here.

No More Cages – Another trad ensemble teeming with amazing talent. You can listen to their set here.

Laurie Cameron – Lovely singer-songwriter from Perth. There’s a gentleness about her that’s very alluring. You can listen to her set here.

Pauline Alexander – Singer-songwriter hailing from Glasgow. Something about her reminds me of Yvonne Lyon, an extraordinary singer-songwriter from Greenock. I really enjoyed her songs. You can listen to her set here.

Quirky Jade – A delightful trio from western Scotland singing mostly a cappella. You can listen to their set here.

The Deadly Winters – Alt folk group with a soulful sound. A really talented group of lads. You can listen to their set here.

Dorec-a-belle – This group has a fantastic musicality! You can listen to their set here.

Adam McCulloch Trio – I have to confess: I wasn’t expecting to like them as much as I did. They are top-notch musicians and have a great sound. You can listen to their set here.

Do yourself a favor and check these folks out. You won’t be disappointed.

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January 28, 2012 Posted by | Celtic, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, Traditional | , , , , , | 1 Comment