Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow (Celtic Connections)
It was the first time I’d been in the gods at this venue…sheesh, I almost got vertigo…but the bottom section was sold out. TT was just a speck in the distance. No matter as he was excellent, obviously in a good mood bantering with the Glasgow audience and in fine voice….sheesh, what a voice and what a guitar player! 90 minutes of favourites from his 18 year old back catalogue and a few from his forthcoming release “Little Windows”. The new album is a dozen or so originals and sang as duets with an American lady – Kelly Jones, who joined him on stage for 4 or 5 songs from that album. They’ll be in Edinburgh together in May and I may just go see them again. Teddy used the same guitar all night and changed the tuning several times….no need for him to change guitars every 2 songs. Quiet strumming,
fast fingerpicking or rockabilly shuffle are no problem to him. I didn’t keep a setlist but all songs were excellent; my particular favourites being the Leonard Cohen cover “Tonight Will Be Fine” and “Family”. The encore was “Delilah”, “Family” and “In My Arms”.
Seated and well behaved. Light hearted banter, no fuckwits and hardly anyone taking photos.
It made me think..
Gig going in a different city on a weeknight is a hard slog due to rushed down beans on toast for dinner and the ongoing engineering work at Queen Street railway station adding an hour on to our homeward journey….but it is well worth it!