Donald Black puts on superb concert
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.