The Roaming Roots Revue has become a staple of the annual Celtic Connections festival. Running since 2012 the revue is curated by Roddy Hart, who along with his band The Lonesome Fire bring together a range of artists to play a gig together based on a chosen theme.
Previous years have seen the themes of ‘women in song’, ‘troubadours’ and last year a Tom Petty tribute. This year it was the turn of a celebration of Abbey Road – The Beatles album which celebrates its 50th birthday this year.
Assembled to play tribute were KT Tunstall, Phil Campbell of The Temperance Movement, The Staves, You Tell Me (new collaboration between Peter Brewis of Field Music and Sarah Hayes of Admiral Fallow) and Lomond Campbell, also known as Ziggy from Edinburgh band Found.
Firstly, the artists warmed us up with some of their own work, which was well received by a packed Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The second half of the show was given over to Abbey Road when the stage was filled with the 40-piece Sun King orchestra to accompany the performance.
KT Tunstall started off the rendition of Abbey Road with Come Together backed by Roddy and the Lonesome Fire, as most of the tracks were. The album was played in its entirety with each artist’s voice suiting their given song choice and partnerships between the artists providing an extra dimension.
Highlights included a rousing rendition of Oh Darling by Phil Campbell backed by The Staves, a duet with Phil and KT Tunstall on I Want You and The Staves alone with the orchestra for Because, suiting the composition of the three part harmonies within the song.
Everyone joined the stage for the Medley at the finale of the show and contributed their own parts before we were treated to some bonus Beatles tracks, A Day in the Life and Penny Lane.
A standing ovation at the end highlighted the crowd’s appreciation of this very well composed production and a fitting anniversary celebration of Abbey Road.
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