Bring It All Home: Gerry Rafferty Remembered
Celtic Connections: Gerry Rafferty Remembered : Wednesday 1st February 9pm
Bonus songs - exclusive to the web
There was so much great music on offer, we couldn't squeeze it all into the programme. Luckily we've been able to bring you some more.
Paul Brady - One Drink Down
Bonus track: Paul Brady and Martha Rafferty sing a rousing version of this song about drinking. Part of Bring it All Home: Gerry Rafferty Remembered. Cuirm a' comharrachadh cumhachd guthan seinn an t-saoghail, le seinneadairean às an Eadailt, Bulgàiria agus Alba air an àrd-ùrlar aig Feis Celtic Connections 2008. Cahalen Morrison and Eli West perform an exclusive session for BBC Celtic Connections online from the City Halls Recital Rooms. Featuring Ryan Drickey on fiddle.
Emma Pollock and Rab Noakes - Late Again
Bonus track: Emma Pollock and the track's co-writer Rab Noakes sing Late Again, enhanced by the saxophone of Mel Collins. Cuirm a' comharrachadh cumhachd guthan seinn an t-saoghail, le seinneadairean às an Eadailt, Bulgàiria agus Alba air an àrd-ùrlar aig Feis Celtic Connections 2008. Cahalen Morrison and Eli West perform an exclusive session for BBC Celtic Connections online from the City Halls Recital Rooms. Featuring Ryan Drickey on fiddle.
Karen Miller reports on the concert
In an evening of songs, stories and memories, Rab Noakes, Martha Rafferty and friends remember Gerry Rafferty.
Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty passed away in January 2011, and at his funeral close friend Rab Noakes and Gerry’s daughter Martha talked about how they could pay tribute to the great man and his music. The culmination of these discussions was “Bring it All Home – Gerry Rafferty Remembered” an evening of live music performed by Gerry’s friends, family and musical fans.
Hosts for the evening were Rab Noakes and Martha Rafferty, the house band were Roddy Hart’s Lonesome Fire with help from some of the musicians who worked on Gerry’s albums – Graham Preskett on keyboards/accordion, Hugh Burns on guitar, Mel Collins on saxophone and Betsy Cook on harmony vocals and all kinds of percussion. Singing the songs were Barbara Dickson, Tom Robinson, Paul Brady, Ron Sexsmith, Emma Pollock, The Proclaimers, Jack Bruce, Maria Muldaur, James Vincent McMorrow, Rab Noakes, Roddy Hart and, most touchingly members of Gerry’s family, daughter Martha plus many of his nephews and nieces.
Rab was a wonderful host for the evening. His obvious love of Gerry shone through, and he shared with us a number of stories from their past together. He delighted in the on stage performances especially those of Gerry’s family, saying more than once how wonderful siblings sounded singing together – and he was right, especially on the final song they performed, The Ark, from the album “City to City”.
There were so many great renditions of Gerry’s songs throughout the evening it’s hard to select highlights. Vocally I thought Ron Sexsmith nailed it. He sang two songs, both with Emma Pollock on harmony vocals – “Right Down the Line” and “Days Gone Down”. Tom Robinson took centre stage for a rocking version of “Get It Right Next Time” where the band were joined by Jarlath Henderson on Irish pipes. James Vincent McMorrow and Roddy Hart each re-interpreted The Humblebums songs singing solo with only guitar or piano accompaniment.
Paul Brady took the lead on Rafferty classic "Baker Street", his vocal was slightly ropey to begin with, but once his monitors were sorted he got into his stride and it sounded fantastic, especially with Hugh Burns’ guitar and Mel Collins’ saxophone. Everyone then returned to the stage for a rousing rendition of Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle with You" which had the audience on their feet. It was a wonderful evening and a fitting tribute - the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall can’t often be filled with so much love and emotion.
The show was filmed, and there’s an hour long special on BBC Two Scotland on 1st February.