Music is everywhere in Glasgow, from the streets to the Royal Concert Hall. Music is the soul of this city. If you weren’t already in love with melody and rhythm before you arrived, you will be, and if you’re like most of us, you want to participate. The House of Song, hosted by the ever-gracious Doris Rougvie, is the perfect place for you.
Starting around 10PM most nights of the festival, you can find Doris and her sweet smiles and welcomes at the House of Song. One fine evening, Paul McKenna was in residence; on another, Solo Cissokho shared a Senegalese song. A host of singers of every level (and key) are there each night. The songs range from traditional Scottish to Joni Mitchell. If, like me, you can’t remember all the words to a song, chime in on the choruses. Doris will make you feel at home, and don’t be surprised if you find yourself volunteering a song or two. Don’t worry if you don’t speak English. All languages are welcome. Last I heard, at least forty-one different nationalities have sung at the House of Song. Come on down, settle onto the comfy couches, and enjoy one of the friendliest venues at Celtic Connections.
— Catherine Keegan
Artist’s website: Doris Rougvie http://www.myspace.com/dorisrougvie