The Scene: The world in three hours

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What a fantastic weekend of music last week.

First off on Friday night, October 2nd in the Woodlands Centre, Stornoway, there was a WEE Studio Charity Concert to raise money for The Gambia Partnership.

Performing were four local music artists, and opening the show was soulful newcomer Emily Ross, making her smashing vocal debut accompanied by Eleanor Nicolson (acoustic guitar/backing vocals) and Keith ‘WEE Studio’ Morrison (keyboards).

The set included Adele’s ‘Set Fire to the Rain’, Lily Allen’s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, Adele’s ‘Turning Tables’, Elton John’s ‘Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word’, Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and Ella Henderson’s ‘Yours’. It was a very impressive first outing.

Up next was the incredible, beyond her years, thirteen year old singer/songwriter Rosie Sullivan, also accompanied by Eleanor Nicolson and Keith Morrison on original ‘Right or Wrong’, a super, soaring cover of Alanis Morissette’s ‘Ironic’.

Then came originals ‘What is the Meaning of Life’ and ‘Love at First Sight’, continuing with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Don’t Stop’ the latter two were with Iain ‘Spanish’ Mackay on electric guitar.

She closed with original the ‘St. Kilda Swim Song’ which she wrote as a charity single to raise money for the St. Kilda Swim Team. Such a remarkable young talent!

It was a great pleasure to see the Dun Ringles playing a full-on electric set again - this is the way they should be heard.

They kicked things off with the BIG Rock of ‘Gunhilted’, Country Rockin’ ‘Tale of Two Tractors’, ‘Bjorn’s Horns’, ‘Funky Peatstack’ with some mean harp from Froagy Beag.

They continued with ‘Fish and Education’ and closed with a mega-rare cover of Poison’s ‘Nothing But a Good Time’ sung by Froagy Beag - top notch.

Finishing off the night was Colin Macleod (vocal/electric guitar) with brother Callum on bass and Kyle Macleod on drums ripping right in to the grungy “ear bleeding Country” of an excellent, as yet “untitled”, brand new tune.

Then came the moody ‘Colour Break’, the Country Rock of ‘You’ve Not Got a Friend in Me’, a solo cover of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Dancing in the Dark’, two more top new tunes ‘Minute Longer’ and ‘Feels Like’ and they finished off with the begging-to-be- a-single ‘Sugar’. Colin encored with a solo version of ‘Saints’ - I just can’t get enough of the new tunes, totally lovin’ ’em!

Then at An Lanntair on Saturday night, October 3rd it was around the world in three hours with the International Guitar Night.

Founder, Californian Brian Gore Robert opened with the melodic, finger-styled Robert Louis Stevenson inspired ‘Silverado Squatters’ followed by ‘Vagabond Eddie’. Andre Krengel (Germany) played a Flamenco-style instrumental and ‘Looking Out for Peace’.

And Mike Dawes (UK) gave us ‘The Impossible’ and an evocative instrumental of Gotye’s ‘Somebody I Used to Know’. Lulo Reinhardt mesmerised with ‘Memories of Dachau’ and ‘Waltz for One’.

With the foursome closing the first half with a long jazzy Salsa flavoured instrumental, each player contributing some superb solo spots, in their own inimitable styles.

The second half started with a spirited instrumental from the foursome, then Brian and Lulo played Brian’s ‘San Luis Obispo’ and Lulo’s ‘Poor Amin’.

Brian and Andre performed Andre’s ‘The Waltz’, with Mike and Brian taking on a song of Brian’s from his “Napa Valley Wine Country Project” which combines music and animation.

Then Andre and Lulo continued with ‘I She’ from their live album and the foursome closed with Mike’s ‘Boogie Shred’.

The musicians encored with dance tune ‘Titanium’ complete with flashy lighting effects.

It was captivating night of musical emotion and outstanding virtuosity.

Tickets are on sale now for critically acclaimed Eaves in the Woodlands Centre Friday, October 16th with local supports Iain ‘Spanish’ Mackay, Rod Morrison and Donald Macleod - definitely not to be missed!