King Cre­osote holds court

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

King Cre­osote left the King­dom of Fife to un­der­take a royal visit in Ar­gyll last week, writes Oban FM pre­sen­ter Camp­bell Cameron.

Tak­ing up res­i­dence at the Cor­ran Halls the ‘King’ played a sell-out con­cert to ap­pre­cia­tive sub­jects. The tour con­tin­ued over­seas to Mull for two nights at An To­bar and then one night at Iona Hall.

Kenny An­der­son is a witty, charm­ing, ta­lented and like­able in­di­vid­ual who com­poses great tunes and writes fine lyrics too. His work rate is leg­endary, with more than 40 al­bums of cre­ative ge­nius re­leased over the years. The lat­est is As­tro­naut meets Ap­ple­man.

He has lately found him­self un­der the spell of Mull and his re­cent record­ings have been un­der the di­rec­tion of Gor­don MacLean at the An To­bar stu­dios. And it was with MacLean, his son Sor­ren and Han­nah Fisher of­fer­ing the ‘Mul­leach’ in­flu­ence that Cre­osote per­formed at the Ar­gyll gigs.

All are con­sum­mate mu­si­cians and, like Kenny him­self, de­serve greater ex­po­sure than they cur­rently en­joy. In Oban, Han­nah pro­vided fan­tas­tic soar­ing fid­dle play that raised the band to new heights. Fa­ther and son Maclean, on bass and lead gui­tars re­spec­tively, played with un­der­stated el­e­gance that aug­mented the skill of Cre­osote’s drum­mer and keys men, Andy and Des.

Han­nah rel­ished the free­dom to raise her game higher than has been seen be­fore and her vi­o­lin would rest easy in any sym­phony orches­tra if she took the no­tion to play there.

Sor­ren has a skill on gui­tar that was rarely let loose, save a cou­ple of so­los, but the king him­self com­pli­mented all on their abil­ity to cre­ate his mu­sic with lit­tle or no di­rec­tion from him­self. De­vo­lu­tion of power to the sub­jects does in­deed work well.

As the con­clu­sion of this pow­er­ful two-set per­for­mance neared, a new sub­ject was in­tro­duced to the court in the form of Ben­der­loch-based piper Kate MacPher­son.

Kate joined the band for the penul­ti­mate and fi­nal num­bers, rais­ing the roof with her de­light­fully pow­er­ful an­themic pip­ing. Kate is a prod­uct of the An­gus MacColl-trained Oban High School Pipe Band, and is gain­ing a fol­low­ing of ad­mir­ers. Her fu­ture is now as­sured by royal ap­point­ment of King Cre­osote him­self.

King Cre­osote in full swing last week at the Cor­ran Halls.

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