They came from both sides of the Atlantic and a spot in-between on Sunday night to celebrate the life of Levon Helm, the late co-founder of The Band.
In successfully re-creating one of Helm's legendary Midnight Rambles, curator Roddy Hart once again pulled off something of a coup by gathering a sterling cast of musicians under one roof.
The revue had a big Scottish soul with Hart's outfit the Lonesome Fire distinguishing itself, with driving rhythms, as the house band. Rachel Sermanni seems to grow with confidence with each appearance and her vocal styling on the self-composed Song To A Fox was nothing short of mesmerising. Other Scots included Admiral Fallow's Louis Abbott on a passionate duet with Helm's daughter Amy on her father's composition, Wide River To Cross. Meanwhile Ireland was represented by Hart's chum of old, Gemma Hayes.
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From across the pond, Corey Chisel and Adriel Harris of the Wisconsin based The Wandering Sons successfully tackled the Dylan penned When I Paint My Masterpiece and Ben Knox Miller of The Low Anthem was joined by the acclaimed Scots outfit Lau, who had earlier whipped up a maelstrom with a number entitled Save The Bees, for their debut performance as The Lau Anthem.
While English folk singer Beth Orton may have seemed something of an adjunct to the proceedings, the purity of her voice never fails to please, particularly on new track Call Me The Breeze.
By the end, the logistics of getting 26 musicians on and off the packed stage put paid to the formality of an encore, but needless to say the ensemble renditions of the ever popular The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down and The Weight had the audience on its feet.