10th July 2012 – 8pm
Talla Mhor, Sabhal Mor Ostaig,
Sleat, Isle of Skye
The Long Notes is a newish name for his well-seasoned trio with Glasgow fiddler Jamie Smith, Galway accordionist Colette O’Leary – formerly of the much-missed Bumblebees – and London-Irish banjo/mandolin ace Brian Kelly.
It’s a line-up of copious strengths, and they played expertly to all of them. As each individual took their turn in the spotlight, highlights ranged from Kelly’s astoundingly fleet-fingered picking, as wild as it was exquisite, to Robertson’s audacious, jig-tempo version of Richard Thompson’s Beeswing. Their ensemble playing, meanwhile, was nothing short of sublime, especially in the dance sets – implausibly quick yet immaculately detailed, brilliantly intense yet utterly supple, silkily dovetailed in a thrilling panoply of colour, texture and taut-sprung rhythms.
The concert will open with a set from Ceilear, young musicians from Skye and Lochalsh let out for two weeks for gigs and ceilidhs around the area.
Tickets are available from SEALL on 01471 844207