By Tryfan46

Calm before the storm

We’re holed up in a hotel in Brighton tonight as we’re down here for Transatlantic Sessions at the Brighton Dome.

We spent most of the day in Eastbourne enjoying a super walk along the seafront in absolutely glorious weather. Had a very good lunch at the View Hotel Cafe-Bar before setting off to Brighton. It’s impossible to believe that it’ll be so different tomorrow with winds forecast to be up to 80 miles an hour.

The concert was quite something, the best we’ve ever been to and that includes Runrig’s final concert at Stirling Castle in August 2018. Mere words are not enough to express the quality of musicianship and the feeling of euphoria engendered in the audience. We were in the zone and on a high from the first note to the last.

There’s been six series of Transatlantic Sessions on TV since 1995 and they’ve been performing live as part of Celtic Connections since 2003. They’ve not done a DVD or a live concert CD - until this year when the performance in Glasgow on 31st January 2020 was recorded and was available as a CD tonight. One last thing: Tommy Emmanuel - his guitar was sublime. I’ve not heard him before and if you’ve not, you must.

We’re at a quandary as to what to do tomorrow, stay another night? What would we do? Cooped up in the hotel all day? Would it be safe to venture out anywhere, let alone on the seafront.

Wherever you are in the UK, whatever you’re doing. Stay safe and sit out the storm.

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