Treacherous Orchestra at the ABC, Glasgow - Friday 14th January 2011
Simone Smith reports
I'd seen the Treacherous Orchestra a few times before and was expecting another brilliant show when I started to my journey to catch the band at the ABC for Celtic Connections. On the way there, however, a long day at the office took its toll and I felt more excited about going home to rest my head on a big pillow. You could say I was feeling a wee bit grumpy!
I arrived at the gig later than planned and couldn't find my friends in the crowd - after a few failed attempts to contact them it seemed pretty certain I was on my own for the night. This was going to be a barrel of fun! As I lethargically wandered through the crowd, I pondered on where I should stand and continued to hunt out for a familiar face in the crowd. Before long, a hoard of happy people bashed passed me in a rush to get as close to the band as possible. A drink splashed over me and a sudden awareness of my surroundings hit me. I took a look around and the place was packed to the rafters with an audience that was absorbed in the musical mayhem and treachery before them. I could feel excitement oozing from every corner and I was finally hearing the music. That sweet, sweet, euphoric music. Once again, it dived into my soul and dazzled my senses. Wooed me and seduced me. There was only one thing to do. Get to the front and dance!
From bagpipes to fiddles, all instruments were played beautifully and with ferocious passion. All of the band members were fully in the zone and loving it as much as the capacity crowd. The audience roared until the end and I felt nothing but a unified connection throughout the venue.
Spad, the guitarist in the band, told me later "Loved the gig, loved the crowd, what a night!"
Their album will be out this summer and I can't wait to get my hands on it, no matter what frame of mind you're in, the music these guys play will undoubtely transform you as easily as it washed away my grumpy head on this cold Glasgow night.