Celtic Connections taster in Montrose

MONTROSE Folk Club will begin its 2012 season by giving local audiences a flavour of what is available at the annual Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow at the end of January and the beginning of February.

The first two guests of the current season at Montrose Folk Club, Boo Hewerdine, who is appearing at Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, January 26, and then the Barbara Dymock Band who will be playing there on Tuesday, February 7, are both guests this year at Celtic Connections.

The first night of the club for 2012, when Boo will be the guest, is a Thursday evening, rather than the normal club night of Tuesday to accommodate Boo’s commitments at Celtic Connections on the preceding Tuesday and Wednesday.

Over the past two decades Boo has built a reputation as one of the most respected performers and songwriters in the UK. His songs have been adopted by many other performers such as Eddi Reader, who achieved a hit with “Patience of Angels”. Boo has also written songs for artists as diverse as Natalie Imbruglia, Mel C and k.d.lang.

Boo first came to prominence as the lead singer and creative force behind “The Bible”, a band formed in the eighties and reformed in 1994. The band achieved singles chart success in the late eighties.

He also contributed music to the soundtrack for the movie version of the Nick Hornby novel, High Fidelity. The subject of the novel, working in a record shop, was very close to Boo’s own experiences.

Last year Boo teamed up with US guitar legend, Brook Williams, to form the duo State of The Union. The duo have recorded a CD for release in April and will be playing a gig at Celtic Connections, After his appearance at Montrose, Boo will go on a nationwide tour with Eddi Reader. Anyone who enjoys modern acoustic music should not miss such an outstanding singer songwriter; everyone is welcome on Thursday. Doors at the Links Hotel open at 7.30 pm with Boo on stage at 8 pm.