NOTE : no snow ....
We were going to listen to Catrin Finch, a young harpist of prodigious talent, and Seckou Keita, a kora player from southern Senegal. They came together a couple of years, or so, ago to combine the sound of their two beautiful stringed instruments. When I first heard their music playing on Radio 3, it blew my socks off. When I saw that they were performing as part of the Celtic Connections music festival, I booked a couple of seats without further ado.
The concert was held at The Mitchell. It's an impressive red sandstone building in the Charing Cross area of Glasgow. I enjoy a trip to Glasgow, although they are few and fleeting. But when I am there, in the older parts of the city, I imagine my father, as a young Glaswegian undergraduate, passing this way. I lost my father forty years ago, and to be there, on his old stamping ground, is rather comforting.
They worked their way through the music on their CD, plus a couple of other pieces. He sits at his kora, smiling a warm, joyful smile. She has a quiet, understated expression of happiness as her fingers race across and pluck the strings of her harp. The interaction between them was such a pleasure to see, and when they went 'off piste' with the pieces they were playing, having a good old jam with harp and kora, it was just brilliant! Great fun, and highly original!