Don­ald Black puts on su­perb con­cert

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

ON A BRIGHTER note, Don­ald Black’s al­bum launch last Thurs­day night fully lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Don­ald’s play­ing was on top form and his guest mu­si­cians from the al­bum (Lisa Moyes, Martin Pot­tinger, Neil MacGil­livray and Andrew Macpher­son) added a great deal of vari­a­tion to the sound of Don­ald’s band - made up of Màr­tainn Skene on pi­ano and ac­cor­dion and Don­nie MacKen­zie on gui­tar.

Slow airs such as Broch na Cail­lich Bhain (backed only by Mar­tainn’s cello play­ing on top of a drone) and Kil­berry Bay (sim­i­larly backed by a key­board pad) re­ally showed off the tremen­dous vi­brato sound that Don­ald gets from the mouth or­gan.

In con­trast, the more lively sets had a great sense of ex­cite­ment to them - es­pe­cially when Don­ald played five parts to a four-part march and three parts to a four­part reel. As Don­ald said him­self, this was much to the con­ster­na­tion of Mar­tainn on the key­board. Such sets had the au­di­ence clap­ping their hands and stamp­ing their feet and the at­mos­phere was main­tained through­out a very en­joy­able evening.

Don­ald Black in con­cert.

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