Her Crooked Heart – Leith Depot, Edinburgh – 2 July 2019

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Her Crooked Heart is the new project/band from one of my favourite American singer/songwriters Rachel Ries. All her songs but joined on this long tour by 3 versatile musicians, Siri Undlin (Humbird) Adelyn Strei (Adelyn Rose) and Hilary James (We Are the Willows). This makes for a different experience from the last time I saw Rachel, but the songs are just as lovely and all the better for bigger, tasteful arrangements.

Busy and appreciative audience at Leith Depot, lots of long term fans, witnessed an intimate performance with a great atmposphere including a brlliant support set from the very talented and entertaining Lou McLean. They even did the ‘come off the stage and sing without mics’ thing to end with. Lovely!

7.5/11 – Attended by George

 

 

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The Big Light – Brig Below, Edinburgh – 29 June 2019

Thanks to Phil Ramsay for hosting us, Marko Polo for great sound and support and all who came along … we really enjoyed this 9 song set, including 5 new ones (to us!).

All 9 songs videos in the playlist above.

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Robert Forster – St Luke’s, Glasgow – 17 May 2019

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My band mate friends are big fans of the Go-Betweens so we just had to catch the legendary Robert Forster, though I really didn’t know much about his music. Well it was a delight to see the happy smiling faces of so many fans. And though I quite enjoyed the sound of the songs and the band … without any emotional engagement with the songs they sounded a bit samey, didn’t mean that much to me and I was left a bit cold. Still a nice special occasion.

6.5/11 – Attended by George, Chris, Neil and Dave

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The Postcards – The Bungalow, Paisley – 11 May 2019

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Our first time at the Bungalow, a great, dedicated live music venue. We had a blast in a tremendous location with a busy and receptive audience supporting the impressive Southmartins. Chris was away on holiday so we had to manage for the first time as a 4 piece band … and after careful choice of songs, we more than got away with it! Went down a storm and really enjoyed our 11 song set. I’m sure we will be back for more to let Chris experience the wonderful Bungalow! No live pics or video unfortunately … next time!

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Echobelly – The Mash House, Edinburgh – 10 May 2019

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We loved Echobelly back in the 90s and have thought about covering their songs … mandatory then for Jan and I to go see Sonya and Glenn on an acoustic tour. And obviously a lot of other people thought the same to fill the Mash House. No surprise, lots of shouts of ‘Marry Me Sonya’!

Since the hits of the 90s they have had an on/off career producing now and again albums. The majority of the set, until near the end, was of those songs which we didn’t know but still enjoyed. Glenn is an inventive guitarist and Sonya still has that clear as a bell voice. Only near the end did they give us older songs we were waiting for including ‘Great Things’, ‘King Of The Kerb’, ‘Dark Therapy’ and ‘Insomnia’.

7/11 – Attended by George & Jan


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B. C. Camplight – Central Library, Edinburgh – 9 May 2019

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A rock concert? In a library? In the upstairs reference library at Central Library on George IV Bridge that I had spent years of my youth in? Hell yeah!

Andy spotted this as part of a ‘Get It Loud In Libraries’ project. I’d not heard of B. C. Camplight but I sure have now, since he and his tremendous band were brilliant. What a lovely occasion with a pretty small audience in such a normally hushed room! And great music too from charismatic American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brian Christinzio who delivered his witty lyrics and nicely varied tunes while swigging from a bottle of red wine!

8.5/11 Attended by George, Andy & Jude

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Fat White Family – SWG3, Glasgow – 7 May 2019

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Andy and Douglas raved about seeing the ‘Fat Whites’ last time they played Glasgow, and though Douglas couldn’t use his ticket this time, we were really looking forward to this one. SWG3 is an ideal venue, good view, good sound and a very keen crowd went wild for them. Not being such a fan I didn’t know all the songs, but their reputation for being wild didn’t materialise as much as a more dance oriented and varied set of material. Singer Lias was the focal point of course but the band also looked and sounded great, so I was impressed!

7.5/11 – Attended by George & Andy

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The Postcards – Brig Below, Edinburgh – 24 April 2019

Thanks to Phil Ramsay for hosting and all who enjoyed our impromptu wee set including a few newies and rarities!

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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – The Mash House, Edinburgh – 17 April 2019

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Not often I go to see a band just because they have a great name, but ‘Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs’ is so good they deserved a watch, and I had heard the were interesting, and indeed they were ‘interesting’! Heavy, noisy, repetitive and not really my cup of tea, but very committed so good luck to them.

6/11 – Attended by George, Andy & Douglas

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Man Of Moon – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – 11 April 2019

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Great to see Man Of Moon again, pretty sure I’ll see even more of them soon, as should you … go and catch them ASAP!

8/11 – Attended by George, Jan & Chris

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