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Bothy Band re-form for "Celtic Connections" Jan.2024

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2023 6:35 am
by kenny
This should create a bit of excitement. Someone at "thesession.org" has noticed that Glasgow's "Celtic Connections" festival seems to have persuaded the surviving members of "The Bothy Band" to reform for a concert on Mon. 22nd January next year.
https://www.celticconnections.com/event ... lH_05eWCoE

Re: Bothy Band re-form for "Celtic Connections" Jan.2024

Posted: Sun Nov 12, 2023 7:18 am
by Mr.Gumby
I nearly got to see them around 1978. By the time the audience was seated in the hall the announcement came the band was stuck in customs at the ferryport, unable to make it. We were left with the choice of a refund or stay and see something else. Most of us did the latter and saw something not very memorable. Looked back on that with a degree of regret ever since.

I have since seen all members in some context or other but the magic and excitement they had as a group wasn't quite there.

On some level I am sometimes a bit sceptical about these reunion things, nostalgia fests and pension pot boosters to the cynical among us. Then again, I attended Planxty regrouping in 1979 and again during the noughties, saw Sweeney's Men regroup, seen Jackie Daly joined by Seamus Creagh (Tom Munnelly saying on the night it was like the Beatles getting together again), with Kevin Burke and more recently with Buttons and Bows. And some other memorable reunions as well. Noel Hill teaming up with Tony Linnane a few times, on one accasion joined by Alec Finn even. And all of those were exciting and lovely to watch.
And yes, a bit of nostalgia, for music that was regular listening fodder for a generation, stuff that was full of wonder and amazement at the time, that shaped our notion of music. Seeing the chemistry between the musicians rekindled, happy to be together after a long break revisiting the old material and all that. Wonderful. I'd go see the Bothies if they came within spitting distance.

Re: Bothy Band re-form for "Celtic Connections" Jan.2024

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2023 8:24 am
by pancelticpiper
Mr.Gumby wrote: Sun Nov 12, 2023 7:18 am I nearly got to see them around 1978. By the time the audience was seated in the hall the announcement came the band was stuck in customs at the ferryport, unable to make it.
A memorable "what might have been" story!
Mr.Gumby wrote: Sun Nov 12, 2023 7:18 am I have since seen all members in some context or other but the magic and excitement they had as a group wasn't quite there.
Lucky you! I have not.

Paddy Keenan (either solo or with various accompanists), Kevin Burke with Micheal O Domhnaill, and Matt Molloy (with the Chieftains) have made numerous appearances here in California but I've not seen Triona Ni Dhomhnaill or Donal Lunny in person.

Re: Bothy Band re-form for "Celtic Connections" Jan.2024

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2023 10:25 am
by Mr.Gumby
pancelticpiper wrote: Thu Nov 16, 2023 8:24 am
Lucky you!

I don't know Richard. Location, location, location. Musicians are likely to land here at sooner or later. Kevin Burke will turn up in a week or two, for example. Some recent snaps of two of the others:

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Re: Bothy Band re-form for "Celtic Connections" Jan.2024

Posted: Tue Dec 05, 2023 7:23 am
by Mr.Gumby
They will also make an appearance during Belfast tradfest at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall on Sunday 25th February 2024.

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