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Review of Concert on 3 November 2012 in Townsville
The acclaimed NQ Scots Band held a special concert on Saturday 3 November in Townsville.
Led by Fraser Martin a big man with a gregarious personality and talent to match, the band plays a raft of different styles from rollicking Scottish ditties such as “Donald Where’s Your Troosers” to Calypsos and the haunting Amazing Grace. They are an eclectic mix of multi-talented musicians and most of the members play two or three instruments.
The entertainment was supplemented by a group of young dancers who gave a modern twist to traditional dances.
The instrumentation is not what one expects from a Scottish pipe band and is supplemented with electric guitars and electric bass, piano, fiddles, didgeridoo, balalaikas and mandolins to name a few.
The energy in the band is palpable and one cannot help but be drawn into the moment.
Whilst the purists may not readily embrace the sound as traditional and the instrumentation is more modern, the Celtic roots are always visible. An old music teacher of mine told me that playing is not only about hitting all the right notes it is about enjoying the music and yourselves. He used to say if you enjoy yourselves so will the audience. NQ Scots as well as being great musicians are also great entertainers. Anyone who can sit through a performance of NQ Scots and not be roused and moved to clap and stamp their feet is not long for this world.
To summarise my feelings on the night I say great music, great musos, great entertainment value. One can’t ask for more than that.
Stokes Nicholson Big Band, Townsville