This was the biggest headline show for the boys from Skye along with a bunch of special guests to bring together their Comann – a Gaelic word meaning society, community or fellowship.
Joining the four-piece tonight were guests Julie Fowlis, SIAN, Iain Morrison Kinnaris Quintet, Donald MacDonald and Allan MacDonald who all performed on Nitework’s second album released in 2018 Air Fàir An Là.
Niteworks fuse electronic and techno music with traditional Gaelic language and music heard growing up on their Scottish island home. This night as part of the Celtic Connections festival in the Glasgow Barrowlands appeared like there had been an exodus from the Highlands and Islands who made their way for this sold out show.
The crowd was in high spirits throughout, loving the merge of styles the band delivered. This was a high octane show where you just have to dance – at times like a ceilidh and then blending effortlessly to a techno night club. The traditional fiddles, whistles and bagpipes combining well with the modern synths and drum beats.
A last ever play – as noted by the band playing the tune had started as a joke – of a cover of dance classic Cafe Del Mar’ originally released by Energy 52 in 1993 was enough to blow the top of the Barras. This left the audience wanting more and ready to make their way to the after party round the corner to continue the dancing well into the night.
A top night from an innovative young Scottish band who stay true to their roots but who are not afraid to try new things and move with the times.
Photos courtesy of Gaelle Beri.
For more on the Celtic Connections 2019 click here.