The Centenary Centre, in Peel, has hosted some stunning nights of music in its previous 11 years of existence.
But it’s fair to say that the concert provided by the Anxo Lorenzo Trio on Saturday, June 27, will take some beating.
A master in the art of playing the ‘Gaita’, the Galician bagpipe, Anxo and his band, consisting of Spanish guitarist Jesus Enrique Cuadrao and the demonic and stunning Irish fiddle player Eoghan Neff, left a thunderous applause and a lengthy standing ovation in their wake after a performance that drew howls of pleasure from the entranced crowd.
Anxo and his group took the stage, and introduced himself with a smattering of Manx Gaelic, charming many and instantly creating a familiar and relaxed air.
And then, lifting his pipes on to his shoulder, proceeded to almost tear the roof of the centre with a blistering and wonderful blast through a range of traditional Galician Gaelic folk tunes, given a delightful Irish tinge by Neff’s incendiary fiddle playing.
It was a night to really redefine the idea of how a bagpipe should sound, and it’s quite incredible how dextrous and flowing a sound, and the depth and range of sound he coaxed out of his Gaita.
Gaelic music can be an incredibly uplifting and vibrant source of music, and when it is created by blending aspects of different cultural influences, Galician, Irish, played with a Mediterranean flair and real Gaelic fire and passion, there is no finer sound, and you’d be hard pushed to find a more fabulous concert than the one at the centre on Saturday.
Producing a soaring, uplifting and highly inspirational sound,The Anxo Lorenzo Trio lifted the audience out of the seats and left them cheering deafeningly for more.