It's the end of January, so it must be Celtic Connections, the celtic folk music festival held in Glasgow each year. We've not attended the event since 2015, how the time has flown by, but for 2020 we were lured out of our island home by the prospect of a Peatbog Faeries gig. The flight from Kirkwall to Glasgow went smoothly, as did our bus transfer into the city centre, although staring out of the bus window for signs of wildlife only yielded gulls and feral pigeons (apologies to any Larusophiles reading this). However, upon arriving at our accommodation for the weekend, we discovered a rare American visitor perched on the wall. I think this is a Blue Jay?
Also sharing the apartment were Second Born and Dr Jelly, fellow folkies hoping for a fun-filled weekend. Friday night's gig was Mànran, ably supported by Band of Burns.
|Band of Burns, a unique collaboration of 12 international artists, taking inspiration from the works of Robert Burns|
|Manran, an energetic Scottish band celebrating the 10th anniversary of their supercharged traditional folk rock|
The following day brought an opportunity for some early morning photos from our sixth floor perch.
Dr Jelly suggested a short trip to Balloch, on the edge of Loch Lomond, so we set off for Queen's Street rail station. Here's the view across Platform 8 to Platform 9, featuring some city wildlife...
A walk around Balloch Country Park yielded several highlights, including Goosanders, a Treecreeper, a Little Grebe and several Goldcrests.
|A woodland residence|
The support act were The Poozies, an all-female traditional folk band. They were absolutely sensational, an irreverent, energetic group of musicians on top of their game. And we will be keenly looking for opportunities to listen to them again.
Then it was time for the Peatbog Faeries, with their particular brand of celtic fusion.
For their final song, the Peatbogs invited the Poozies back to the stage, the ladies appearing in huge blonde wigs.
For the encore, headgear was swapped, the wigs being sported by the Peatbogs!