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Elsa Jean McTaggart: Sings, Strings And Other Things (Elsa Jean McTaggart)

By | Published on Saturday 19 August 2017

Scottish Traditional multi-instrumentalist Elsa Jean McTaggart entertained with this highly personal show, in which she confided disarmingly about her life between numbers – many of them her own compositions. Husband Gary Lister accompanied her on the keyboard and joined in the banter good naturedly. One of eleven siblings, she played a beautiful song celebrating her sister, though my favourite of McTaggart’s own songs was ‘Birthright’, a spirited, inspirational tune that started life as slam poetry. Instrumentally, I enjoyed the penny whistle playing best, but the fiddle composition ‘The Phantom Fiddler’ was a great story transformed into a song. This was an easy hour of celtic-inspired music, in a show that was particularly warm and family-friendly.

theSpace @ Symposium Hall, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Louise Rodgers]