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Losing it

After completing a magnificent double at the SSE Hydro with last night’s highlight-packed International Burns Concert, our esteemed Artistic Director had something of a rude awakening today, with a 10am phone call requiring his presence to deal with some kind of emergency at one of the venues. Just another day at the office... so he jumped in a cab, thinking to collect his car en route from the Hydro, having left it there after the show (in which he’d been performing with Capercaillie, as well as masterminding the entire shebang), only to find said vehicle now incarcerated behind some securely locked gates, and the whole SECC complex closed and deserted. Apparently the gates weren’t actually very high, and he did briefly consider climbing over, but wisely desisted given that a) he might get arrested and b) he still wouldn’t be able to get his car out.
 
It wasn’t the first thing he’d left somewhere awkward that night, either, as transpired during one of the Burns show’s umpteen changeovers, when the tech crew were attempting to clear the stage for Indian singer-songwriter Raghu Dixit and his marvellous dancers (the latter sporting some of the finest headgear ever witnessed at Celtic Connections). As the band took the stage, the only thing left in the way was a piano accordion, which emitted a loud and comical squawk as it was hurriedly picked up by a stage-hand, earning her a round of applause, together with a lot of laughter as everyone realised the offending article was Donald Shaw’s, jettisoned without a thought after Capercaillie finished their set.
 
Talking of Raghu Dixit, who was part of this weekend’s tremendously successful Indian partnership programme at Showcase Scotland, he’ll clearly be going home a happy man, having tweeted earlier on today that, thanks to @ccfest, “I made more friends in the last two days than I have made in a long time! What a joy it’s been!”