Celtic Connections Suite

by Simon Thoumire Orchestra

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Celtic Connections Suite is divided into 3 sections each with a uniquely Scottish connotation. The first, Celtic Connections Club depicts the wonderful ambience of this late night club which runs for the entire 3 weeks of the festival and is a magnet for musicians both home grown and visiting. The music carries the listener through the buzz of conversation and laughter to the impromtu sessions going all around. The music is folk, jazz, rock in a general air of everyone having a great time.

Section 2. Fiesta in the Highlands is a journey undertaken in a Ford Fiesta 1.1 through the lovely Scottish highlands. The music captures the sensation of driving up and down steep and windy roads, unexpected sharp corners and the delights in just as suddenly being confronted with glorius vistas of breath-taking beauty which so typify this wonderful country.

The third and final section is The World Bagpipe Championships formed after a visit to Bellahouston Park, Glasgow. The first thing a visitor becomes aware of on approaching the park is the wall of noise – pipers and drummers to be found everywhere – in groups, circles, behind trees, tuning up. Wandering through the park, the sounds come and go – pipe marches intersperse with reels and strathspeys but always in the background, the incessant sound of drums. A magical and exciting occasion.


released January 10, 1998

Musicians: Simon Thoumire (concertina, lowland pipes & whistle)
John McCusker (fiddle & whistle)
Mike Katz (lowland pipes & whistle)
Dick Lee (clarinet & bass clarinet)
Phil Bancroft (alto & tenor saxophones)
Kevin MacKenzie (guitar)
Simon Thorpe (double bass)
Iain Copeland (percussion & drums)
Tom Bancroft (percussion & drums).



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