Dry Cleaning – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 13 Feb 2020

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Spoken lyrics are a thing now apparently, and a very good thing delivered by Florence over catchy guitar riffs from London’s Dry Cleaning. I’ve listened to them a lot recently so I could follow what she was on about, though even stood right in front the sound was dominated by guitar and unfortunately couldn’t hear her clearly. The only downside to a great night.

Attended by George

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Sorry – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 9 Feb 2020

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I have listened to the music of Sorry a lot recently, great stuff and knowing the words from a new band made such a brilliant show more enjoyable! Led by Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen from London, Sorry have a varied style recorded but sound more straightforward and powerful live, less jazzy, more rocky, but with the clever songs, intelligent intertwining instrumentation and twisted lyrics that make them a bit unusual … and special!

A packed sold out Sneaky Pete’s was also well appreciative and what a great set they got, all the songs I’ve grown to like and some new ones for their album due out in March – on that right away! Asha is so tiny but owns the room with her effortless cool and no little guitar skills. What a band … talented, young and super cool (makes you sick!). Buy the album soon!

Attended by George & Chris

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The Big Light – The Empress, Edinburgh – 6 Feb 2020

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A lovely evening at The Empress with so many friends and colleagues too! Cheers.

 

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Half Formed Things – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 1 Feb 2020

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Half Formed Things are a special group, dear to the hearts of Karen and me, and it seems a growing number of others too from the great level of warmth and appreciation in a packed ballroom! This time back to a 3 piece following Nici’s return to Oz, but they seem just as good as ever this way helped by fine sound and light show.

They also keep evolving and improving with a number of new songs. Those performed solo by Matthew and Morgan were very good, but it’s when they sing together that the magic happens most … a spectacular mix of beautiful voices and music with outstanding drumming from Stewart. Go see them asap! AND the gig raised a lot of money for the Australian bush fire emergency.  Please help them raise more by buying their album or donating  … see – https://www.facebook.com/halfformedthings/

Attended by George & Karen

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Anaïs Mitchell – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 29 Jan 2020

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I never miss my favourite singer/songwriter Anaïs when she comes to Scotland nowadays! This time supported by her new ‘folk supergroup’ Bonny Light Horsmen. So this was the first time I had seen her perform with a full band, which was cool!

The show started with a set from Bonny Light Horseman led by Anaïs, Eric D. Johnson (from the band Fruit Bats) and multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman. I haven’t really been impressed by the re-vamped old folk songs on their album (a bit dull for my taste), but it’s a more enjoyable experience live, particularly the guitar playing of Josh which is superb … a revelation in fact! I must check him out more.

After the interval Anaïs took centre stage for her own material which is what I really love and the band gave added variety to songs I’d heard her sing so often. I still prefer her solo though which she did for a few songs. What I really, really want though is more new original songs from her once she get this Hadestown and BLH stuff out of the way!

Attended by George

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The Postcards – The Glad Café, Glasgow – 17 Jan 2020

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We’d like to thank everyone who helped us raise so much for The Glad Cafe and Music Glue. What a fun evening for such great causes. Jim Mcculloch and John Alexander led the way with some lovely songs, much appreciated. And Duglas T. Stewart joined us for a rousing rendition of ‘Museum of Love’ by Daniel Johnston. Thanks also to Frank Duffy for curating tunes and all the staff at Glad Café.

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The Big Light – Milk And Honey, Edinburgh – 15 Jan 2020

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Thanks to host Phil Ramsay and all those who came along on the night. First gig for ages and we had great fun at a really nice venue.

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