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‘Profoundly moving’ – Whitburn’s five-star review after Celtic Connections show

Whitburn Band impressed the reviewers at the weekend, after playing its part in a five-star show at the world-renowned Celtic Connections music festival in Glasgow.


Whitburn were performing in Martin Green’s show ‘Split the Air’, which was a musical collaboration and drama centred on the social history of brass bands and their impact on their local communities.


It followed his landmark BBC Radio 4 series Banding: Love, Spit and Valve Oil. 

As well as Whitburn and Green, the Celtic Connections show – which marked the 40th anniversary of the Miners’ Strike - featured the brilliant actor Anna Russell-Martin performing as a fictional tenor horn player called Keli, and tenor horn superstar Sheona White.

The Scotsman newspaper gave the show, performed in front of a large audience at the Tramway in Glasgow, a five-star review.


Its reviewer Jim Gilchrist described the collaboration between Green - an Ivor Novello winning-musician and one third of the folk band Lau – and Whitburn as “profoundly moving”.

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