The Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) returns to Celtic Connections with four captivating acts at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. One of Scotland’s five National Performing Companies, the SCO has been a galvanizing force in Scotland’s music scene since its inception in 1974. In this special performance, they welcome Aoife O’Donovan, Maeve Gilchrist, Paul Buchanan, and Lau to the stage.
Aoife O’Donovan performs her new work ‘America, Come’, which explores the Women’s Suffrage movement and the passing of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution (giving women the right to vote). Inspired by the lives, letters and speeches of Carrie Chapman Catt and Woodrow Wilson, it was originally commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and arranged by Tanner Porter.
Maeve Gilchrist, described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity”, joins the SCO to perform pieces re-arranged by Pippa Murphy. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Maeve‘s innovative approach to her instrument stretches its harmonic limits and improvisational possibilities.
Paul Buchanan, co-founder of renowned Glasgow band The Blue Nile, performs four songs arranged by Kate St John. Paul’s debut solo album, Mid Air, celebrated its tenth anniversary with the release of a special remastered version in 2022. “Melodic, beautifully crafted, and definitely not for the broken-hearted” **** (Sunday Express)
To close the show, Lau perform three pieces arranged by celebrated composer Oliver Leith, whose “curiously addictive” music (The Guardian) has been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Trio Catch, and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Lau are Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, Wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Together, they bridge the worlds of acoustic folk tradition and post-rock electronics and present it all with a playful stage presence.