Peter Hook & The Light – Barrowlands, Glasgow – 28 July 2022

A long but enjoyable day in Glasgow started with a special Q&A session with Hooky at guitarguitar just down the road from Barrowlands. Entertaining as always and heard some new funny anecdotes prompted by some interesting questions! A great character and a guy pretty influential in the lives of all his fans like me. Just along the road is the amazing Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre that I just had to visit after the beautiful music it inspired in Maeve Gilchrist (will see and say more in future). Then … see him again shortly after with quite a few more people in … Continue reading

Hanley & The Baird – Hive, Edinburgh – 15 July 2022

The first of a two gig East of Scotland ‘tour’ at Hive. Thanks to everyone who came out and Paul Gilbody for opening for us. One new original song ‘Motorway Song’ sounded great and two new covers in ‘From Now On’ and a belting encore version of ‘Atomic”. Really enjoyed that, cheers all! 

The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 28 June 2022

We were back at Whistlebinkies last night for another double set. Three new songs debuted including the 12” version of “Don’t You Forget About Me”, and a very enjoyable “Disco 2000”. Thanks to all the people that came along and also to Michael on the sound desk at Binkies.  

Sing In The City – Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 19 June 2022

What a great occasion to be part of the twice postponed SITC all choirs show we have all been preparing for up to 3 years! A privilege to play on such a big stage at such a famous venue with a great band and 350 enthusiastic and well coached singers who performed beautifully for us all. What a great laugh too, everyone excited but enjoying the whole unique experience. Also great to meet and hear the wonderful Kirsten Adamson singing one of her own lovely songs then a gorgeous rendition of her late father Stuart’s famous Big Country song ‘In … Continue reading

Penelope Isles – Hidden Door, Edinburgh – 17 June 2022

This was the only night I could make of this great 2 weeks festival at the temporarily made music venue at the old Royal High school. An amazing building and a great effort turning it into a magical home for so much music, dance and also art exhibitions. Met up with Andy and Jude and wandered around. Stumbled across the very special Imogen Stirling in a downstairs basement performing spoken poetry from her book ‘Love The Sinner’. Very impressive and not surprised since I saw her last year. Watch out for her!  Wandered along to the stunning Central Chamber to … Continue reading

Jon Spencer & The Hitmakers – Broadcast, Glasgow – 12 June 2022

To cut a long story short, I booked to see Jon Spencer from USA only because my drumming hero Janet Weiss from Skeater-Kinney was in his band with Sam Coombes. Sam and Janet have a great two piece band Quasi who were going to play support. Magic, always wanted to see them. Shortly before their UK tour started it was announced that Quasi would not be supporting. Bummer. Oh well still see them in Jon’s band ‘The Hitmakers’.  Arrived at Broadcast … left handed drum-kit on stage … no Janet, obviously missing the whole European tour. Dammit! Janet! Gutted.  Putting … Continue reading

The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 22 May 2022

Our 2nd show of the weekend at Whistlebinkies tonight. Loads of fun, and it was good to bring back Prefab Sprout’s Bonny into the set after a long absence. Tonight’s “first” was the emergence of line dancing, (to Sit Down by James) , never had that before! Cheers to all those that came down x

The Postcards – The Glad Cafe, Glasgow – 1 May 2022

Possibly our finest ever gig last night @thegladcafe in Glasgow. A young and not so young crowd were intent on singing and dancing their way through the set, the band were on such a high afterwards! Thanks to all that came along to support The Rise Collective, and also to Jim Mcculloch, Jeremy Thoms and Starry Skies for acoustic sets as well! Two songs made their debut as we stepped into the 90s with Gene’s ‘Olympian’ and Blur’s ‘Coffee & TV’. We added Common People and Ever Fallen In Love as encores.

The Valves – Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh – 23 April 2022

Always try to catch the rare Valves gigs, especially after covid layoff, so really enjoyed this one at The Wee Red Bar again. Great to hear the old, old tunes again and meet some old, old friends again ! Attended by George & Jan

Wet Leg – The Mash House, Edinburgh – 17 April 2022

Bought tickets immediately on sale knowing Wet Leg were just about to blow up massively and amazingly they stayed with the Mash House when they surely could have sold out a much bigger venue. And the small club environment was just perfect to experience the band at their joyous best. They are currently riding this ginormous wave of love and hype. The grind of touring and soaring profile might well change them but at the moment they seem to be still having a blast on stage. I’m sure they can’t believe the amazing reception they are getting but tonight was … Continue reading

Maeve Gilchrist – George Watson’s, Edinburgh – 11 April 2022

I’ve been captivated by the mesmerising Celtic Harp playing of Maeve since hearing first then seeing her playing at two amazing concerts with Arooj Aftab. The fact she is from Edinburgh and had composed a special piece for the Edinburgh International Harp Festival … I just had to go. And what a special occasion and performance to close the festival with ’Sharmanka Suite (Death And The Polar Bear)’. Just stunningly beautiful music, led by Maeve’s Harp but with brilliant and sensitive contributions from Su-a Lee (Cello), Fergus McCreadie (Harmonium), Aidan O’Rourke (Fiddle) and Ruth Nelson (Viola). All to a video … Continue reading

The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 10 April 2022

We had an absolute blast at @whistlebinkies on Sunday. Superb crowd from 18 to 80 who were a singing and a dancing. Apologies to the Irish ladies for refusing their request to play Gerry Cinnamon…wrong era!! Here’s the setlist next to George’s lovely Rickenbacker – HWTSE is “Here’s where the story ends” by The Sundays, making its debut in our set.

Midlake – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – 9 April 2022

Chris’s idea to see Midlake, a band I knew nothing about, but I liked videos of their new album after their long hiatus, and as expected they were very good. Laid back but varied Southern rock with inventive playing and melodies. Really liked the basslines from Jesse Chandler. Not my usual favourite style, but quality always impresses. Attended by George & Chris

Aurora – SWG3, Glasgow – 29 March 2022

Aurora Asknes is a unique one off artist and I loved her first album and performances since I saw her superb show at the Art School in 2016. She has grown in popularity since but I’ve not been so moved by her subsequent albums which have lots of standard, modern pop apart from the odd brilliant song to remind just how special she can be. Still great to see her again and brought Mhairi along as a birthday treat! A packed in young crowd appreciated her every word and move and sang along faithfully and enthusiastically. A nice time had … Continue reading

The Postcards – Pierhead Tavern, Lamlash, Arran – 19 March 2022

Back from our weekend trip to Arran and two gigs at The Pierhead Tavern. Thanks to everyone that came to watch us for the 2 electric sets on Saturday and an acoustic one on Sunday. We debuted the sublime Mary’s Prayer by Danny Wilson and had a fun and interesting weekend all round. It’s a safe bet to assume that it’s the first time the island has heard Joy Division and Jacques Brel on the same setlist…

CHVRCHES – O2 Academy, Edinburgh – 14 March 2022

Their latest album ‘Screen Violence’ was my favourite of 2021 and I just couldn’t wait to see them again live and even better than at The Hydro in those distant pre-covid days. Their latest songs have a more indie guitar rock edge to their retro electronica, a great combination with real imagination. The lyrical and visual horror movie theme is inspired. I had watched many live videos from their US tour so was well prepared for the show, knew the setlist and all the words too! And the re-vamped Corn Exchange actually had a good sound for a change. Took … Continue reading

The Rocky Horror Picture Show – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh – 23 Feb 2022

Karen is such a Rocky Horror fan forever … we had to go to this new production and were not disappointed! A brilliant interpretation with super acting, singing, dancing, sets and spot on live band … what more could you ask for dammit! Janet! Audience loving it, dressed up, shouting all the old callouts and even had me up doing the Timewarp. Really enjoyed that. Attended by George & Karen

Dry Cleaning – Summerhall, Edinburgh – 18 Feb 2022

I love Dry Cleaning so much and it’s tragic that it took over 2 years to see them again after my first time at Sneaky Pete’s just before the pandemic. That night I was already a fan and knew all the words, but they were just starting out and though Sneaky Pete’s was packed I worked my way right to the front where Florence was. Embarrassingly, whilst nodding away I got bumped and stumbled forward so much I nutted her music stand nearly sending all her word sheets flying! Two years later they are flying high after the success of … Continue reading

The Chameleons – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – 11 Feb 2022

A late suggestion from Andy to go see The Chameleons who I knew nothing about, so I thought why not, and was really glad I tagged along. First up The Membranes who I did remember a bit from the early 80s. I enjoyed their simple post-punky thrashiness and you’ve got to love the attitude of frontman John Robb. The Chameleons are a much more melodic and inventive kettle of fish. Passed me by back in the 80s, but apparently they were highly regarded and influential and I can see why. Perfectly played and with a great sound. I was really … Continue reading

Arooj Aftab – Mackintosh Church, Glasgow – 6 Feb 2022

I had a ticket for another show in Edinburgh this Sunday night so went to Liverpool on Saturday to see Arooj … but the Edinburgh gig was cancelled, so I jumped at the chance to experience such an amazing artist two nights in a row.  And the gig moving to a bigger venue in the beautiful Mackintosh church, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh himself, was an opportunity too good to miss. So keen I was, I arrived early, getting front of the queue for a perfect seat in a church pew front and centre. Magic! Not only is the church … Continue reading

Arooj Aftab – Leaf, Liverpool – 5 Feb 2022

I stumbled across the wonderful music of Arooj via my favourite source of new music, KEXP, see the video below. I was mesmerised and blown away, so I had to catch her UK tour. Originally from Pakistan, but long based in Brooklyn, her recordings and performances have just started getting worldwide attention and she is going to be a big name soon. Couldn’t originally manage her Glasgow date so decided to take the trip to a place I’ve never been, Liverpool ! Had a great time around town (including the Cavern Club obviously) then to the really cool, smallish venue … Continue reading

Trip to Liverpool – 5 Feb 2022

To Liverpool to see Arooj Aftab. Andy advised me of some ‘must sees’ but No.1 was the famous Cavern Club and saw the real Complete Beatles who were brilliant for ones so very young. Really enjoyed the city and my short time there.

Hanley & The Baird – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 4 Feb 2022

What a great night with such a happy and enthusiastic packed crowd. We all really enjoyed our night at the Voodoo Rooms ballroom in a real celebration atmosphere … the band’s first full on gig for over 2 years! Many thanks to : Kirsty, Annette and Kerry for having me join them on stage; brilliant support act The Laurettes; Elaine for all her hard working support, and to all at Sing In The City for making this such a special occasion. Also thanks to William Paterson for this magic video of ‘The Boys Of Summer’ and the takers of various … Continue reading

The Big Light (feat. Mhairi Glen) – Medicine

Happy New Year all. So proud of my daughter Mhairi and her lovely singing on this, her version of Medicine by Daughter, to music and video by me with Jan. Just released into a more optimistic 2022! xG

The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 12 Dec 2021

Thanks to all at Whistlebinkies and a lovely enthusiastic audience last night. Back there on Wed 29th Dec. Don’t think any other band plays these songs or quite like us. But then again … we’re not like other bands! Special thanks and best wishes to Sophie and James who travelled all the way from York! Lovely to meet you. xx The Postcards Attended by George, Karen, Jan, Vina, Andy, Neville, Scott, Sophie, James

Great Eastern Festival – Edinburgh – 27 Nov 2021

A long day around 3 venues, but worth it all to catch some great new bands and end up with the highlight of the wonderful BC Camplight at the lovely Kings Hall. Started around 3pm with a snippet of Bikini Body in the Summerhall Gallery Bar, followed by the brilliant Deadletter. Deadletter were a real find and owned that room with cool tunes and great attitude. Will definitely see them again in Edinburgh … February I think. Over the road next for Field Music, clever and interesting. Back to Summerhall for pit stop pizza with Chris and more snippets of … Continue reading

Lewsberg – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 15 Nov 2021

Just over 2 years since we first saw the fascinating Lewsberg from Rotterdam right here at Sneaky Pete’s. Their latest album is even more laid back and mellow and the set completely reflected that. Support band Order Of The Toad were really good and made a big impression … but this is the first time for ages I remember the headline band being deliberately quieter than the support! And they sounded just great without bashing our ears. Less rocky and more contemplative, with violin added to arrangements, but still unusual, understated and thought provoking. Very good indeed. Love them! Attended … Continue reading

The Nightingales – The Caves, Edinburgh – 11 Nov 2021

I saw The Nightingales as support a few years ago and was impressed so the years of waiting and rescheduling were well worth it to experience a typically ferocious performance. A band with a long and storied history led by the illustrious Robert Lloyd. They wring a lot of variety and excitement out of a straightforward band setup, with songs twisting, turning and escalating. Not formulaic at all, though at odds with the standard formula described in the hilarious ‘Gales Doc’ song where Robert as the narrator describes The Nightingales creative process. Genius idea, brilliantly conceived and delivered. What a … Continue reading

Do Nothing – Mash House, Edinburgh – 5 Nov 2021

I first saw Do Nothing getting on for 3 years ago supporting another great Nottingham band Kagoule. That was my favourite gig of 2019, both bands superb. So after a long Covid induced hiatus and a re-arranged date a few weeks ago (also due to Covid) Andy and I were most excited to see a band we’ve enjoyed listening to a lot recently. And Do Nothing did not let us down. As they say ‘The results are in, and it looks like everyone gets a big old slice of nothing’ … (in their earworm song ‘Le Bron James’)! The sardonic, … Continue reading

Suede – Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 2 Nov 2021

Still got IT. Official! What a great show. A bit different from the magic set last time I saw them, this time the whole of their brilliant 3rd album ‘Coming Up’ and some bonus rarities as well as many more hits and favourites. Brett just as energetic, animated and vocally spot on as ever. Sound was big and beefy, which was nice, but poor definition in bass and guitar sounds was a bit disappointing. So much great playing going on from Richard and Matt .. but not cutting through the mix very clearly. Oh well. A lovely time still had … Continue reading

John – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 11 Oct 2021

John are John Newton (drums and vocals) and Johnny Healey (guitar), makes sense then! And their brutal, punky, thrashy, rifftastic noise blew our ears out, and we all loved it! Attended by George, Andy, Douglas

Laura Marling – Queens Hall, Edinburgh – 8 Oct 2021

Two nights in a row (long story) but great to see Laura in Edinburgh again (after last night in Glasgow) and especially with Davie. We’ve seen her 4 times together, some magical evenings I’ll always treasure. In fact this was my 12th Laura Marling gig now. She’s a bit special to me and to Davie! ‘Special’ in a different, and not so good way, was the fire alarm interrupting her 3rd song, and the evacuation that saw us 45 mins outside. She graciously did not cut her set much shorter when we returned and was on top form yet again. I’ve … Continue reading

Laura Marling – SWG3, Glasgow – 7 Oct 2021

I never miss Laura when she comes to Scotland. And it was great to bring Chris along since he has just got into her music. Lucky man … I think he was just as entranced as I was. I prefer her solo performances to those with a band so for me this was yet again perfect. Highlight song for me was ‘Daisy’, a non-album song and never my favourite before, but this solo version perfectly showed off her superb playing, moving lyrics and beautiful singing. Stunning! I also hadn’t spent much time listening to her latest album ‘Song For Our … Continue reading

Ane Brun – St Luke’s, Glasgow – 5 Oct 2021

Ane inspired me to get back into live music when I first discovered her beautiful songs and saw her first back in 2009. This was the 9th show of hers I’ve been to since! In times of pandemic I might have expected a more stripped back and simplified production, but far from it, this was big set, 6 piece band, new light show .. The works! Though I love Ane’s singing and older material, her latest albums haven’t really struck a chord, and she started the set with lots of her newer ‘adult pop’ style songs that don’t do much … Continue reading

Sofar Sounds – Under The Arches, Edinburgh – 30 Sept 2021

As they put it – ‘Sofar Sounds is reimagining the live event experience through curated, intimate performances in 325 cities around the world.’ I had seen some videos from other cities and bought a ticket for the latest Edinburgh event … 18 months ago! So it was exciting finally getting along to what turned out to be a joyful, inspiring evening. In effect these are ‘secret’ gigs where you are not told the exact venue or who the performers will be until close to the time. Kind of pot luck, but always good artists. Under The Arches is a cool … Continue reading

black midi – QMU, Glasgow – 27 Sept 2021

black midi can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned! I know their obtuse, complex approach and never settling musical direction winds some people up. But for me they succeed in a fine balancing act between ever changing chaotic noise, muscular rock, avant garde jazz, proggy psychedelia … and more. Even when I sometimes struggle to follow what the hell they are up to at any one time, I love that they do that to me and that’s all part of the magic! And a packed crowd of young gig goers, many with little idea about the band’s predecessors … Continue reading

Steve Hackett – Playhouse, Edinburgh – 25 Sept 2021

I’m a big fan of (early) Genesis and I saw Steve play with them in this very venue way back in 1977 ! I had seen him twice in recent years, but the chance to see him reprise one of my favourite ever albums, the live Genesis double LP ‘Seconds Out’, was far too good to miss. And what an enjoyable trip down memory lane this was. With only one original band member this was never going to be as good as the real thing, but at least better (a bit) than a tribute band. And his band did a … Continue reading

Rosalie Cunningham – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 20 Sept 2021 

Over the moon to finally get back to the best place in the world for my first gig there since Feb 2020. And wow, wow, wow, what a fantastic show too from the wonderful Rosalie Cunningham and her amazing band! I had bought a ticket for this over 18 months ago and liked her recordings I had heard, but was not prepared to be as ‘blown away’ by such a marvellous set. What a joyous occasion for me and the lucky attendees including gig pals. First up though were two piece piano and drums combo Tuppenny Bunters. I’m a big … Continue reading

Open Matches – Magiscroft – Aug/Sept 2021

Really enjoyed 3 Wednesday’s in a row on Magiscroft Island Pond. Great fishing, but more importantly great company and a lot of laughs. A first and two seconds with 51lb, 47lb and 41lb … a lot of fish, mainly Ide, but nearly all at 16m! Too old for that now … completely knackered, so time to give match fishing a bit of a rest ‘til next June! Cheers.

Crack Cloud – Bongo Club, Edinburgh – 1 Sept 2021

Crack Cloud from Vancouver played tiny Sneaky Pete’s in May 2019, and everyone raved about how amazing they were. So after an enforced long layoff it made sense for Nick to book them back at a larger room at the Bongo Club. Unfortunately the club being less than half full was pretty disappointing and I’m sure a reflection of peoples Covid reticence rather than the quality of the band.   4 members of Crack Cloud took the stage as their own support band ‘Military Genius’! Laid back and low key, nice, but the intensity trebled when the rest of the … Continue reading

The Postcards / Dirty Harry – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – 29 Aug 2021

Live music (with me on the stage) is back! Loved our first gig for exactly 18 months at Liquid Rooms on Sunday. What a fantastic night. Really enjoyed playing for you as guests of the fantastic Dirty Harry, thank you so much and well played. And thanks to Tom Thorburn for his great video too. xx The Postcards 

Black Country, New Road – EIF Lochside, Edinburgh – 23 Aug 2021

So excited for my very first gig since March 2020! And though I was stoked to see London’s BCNR, a band whose star is rising fast and I had grown to be very impressed by, this was a very odd situation and venue for a gig. The Edinburgh Festival EIF Lochside ‘tent’ at the Gyle was designed especially for socially distanced shows given restrictions. This meant large spaces between seated groups and therefore a relatively sparse ‘crowd’ in such a large space. An eerie  and cold atmosphere did not make for any great element of audience engagement or participation … … Continue reading

Open Matches – Partridge Lakes, Warrington – 10/11 July 2021

Have to thank my friends Davie and Woody and all at the lovely Partridge Lakes Fishery (especially Nelly for drawing me good pegs!) for a great weekend away and a very enjoyable win on Sunday … after Woody won the match on Saturday! I waited to the last possible time before booking my match tickets on-line sitting in the Roseburn Bar over a pint with Karen, and was lucky enough to get the very last ticket of the 65 for the Sunday match. A good omen it turned out to be! On Saturday Nelly drew me a really good peg … Continue reading

Daiwa Pole Masters – Tunnel Barn Farm – 21/23 June 2021

Really enjoyed my first Daiwa Masters 3 day match festival at Tunnel Barn. Didn’t know much about the venue and it wasn’t fishing as well as usual. But a great 5 days away with all my pals. Saturday evening joined a brilliant coaching session with Matty Dawes on High 15 which he had just won the match from and that was really enlightening. Sunday open I drew Jennys 11 which was really poor. First festival day I drew another poor one on Top 11 for 4th in my 5 peg section. 2nd day on High 48, which is a good … Continue reading

A Few Updates!

Finally, got a few new musical things to blog about! Been busy recently tracking ‘rock’ guitars, bass and drums on 3 songs for Brian Devlin. Finished now and can’t wait to hear how all his songs turn out post-production. Also got together in the same room in my studio with my fellow The Postcards guitarists Dave and Chris to work through 8 (yes eight) new cover song ideas. Sounded ace and next step is rehearsal studio in June before bringing them live to a cinema near you asap! Real loud rehearsal in a rehearsal studio last Sunday is biggest news, … Continue reading

All I Need

georgeglen · All I Need Love this Radiohead song so much I had to record my own version – dedicated to Karen xx.

Pump It Up

georgeglen · Pump It Up Really enjoyed a bit of remote recording and mixing with Chris Thomas (but not Bruce Thomas and Pete Thomas too unfortunately!). Just a bit of fun, but we like it a lot!

Looking At Me, Looking At You

I’m really happy to be involved in a small way with the wonderful Sing In The City organisation. Even though Covid has has a big impact, the music goes on! Hanley & The Baird is the band formed by SITC Musical Directors Kirsty Baird and Annette Hanley to support the choirs and ‘Looking At Me, Looking At You’ is their great new single. Available on all good platforms … listen, and most importantly BUY it now! And follow Hanley & The Baird on Facebook 😉

Skin (The Big Light Remix)

With gigs and recording face to face with people out of the window for the time being, I spent some time having fun remixing (with Jan as Executive Producer!). We have really enjoyed transforming this great track ‘Skin’ by Man of Moon from Rock to Electronic Dance. Thanks Chris & Michael. Not our usual style, more Donna Summer meets The Chemical Brothers! Enjoy J&G xx

EXTC – The Victoria, Swindon – 10 March 2020

Can be a potentially dodgy thing when a long gone and cherished band makes some kind of come back, especially with few original members (in this case 1), but this isn’t at all the same and it turned out magnificently! Original XTC drumer Terry Chambers reunited with bassist Colin Moulding for their wonderful TC&I recording and shows in 2017. I was there! Since Colin stepped back from playing, this EXTC project is Terry carrying on with Steve Tilling and Gary Bamford from those shows, reviving songs from XTCs extensive catalogue rather than mainly Colin’s songs. Since XTC stopped performing in … Continue reading

The Postcards – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 29 Feb 2020

What a great night at Alan’s party.  Thanks for having us and we had a blast just like everyone else seemed to. The birthday boy even got up to play guitar on Spring Rain by The Go-Betweens! Thanks to various people for pics and vids, not sure who’s, sorry!    

Sleater-Kinney – Barrowland, Glasgow – 28 Feb 2020

I think I must have died and gone to heaven! Gig of the century for me? I think so, at least equal! Having just seen my favourite band in the world at a great show in Amsterdam last week how could they top that? Maybe 2 reasons – This was the second last show of the their entire 6 months (with breaks) of ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ tour, and having fun, they threw the kitchen sink at us with 27 songs over nearly 2 hours covering their extensive career. Secondly, Barrowland is bigger than Paradiso and hey it’s Glasgow. So … Continue reading

Sleater-Kinney – Paradiso, Amsterdam – 19 Feb 2020

I LOVE Sleater-Kinney so much, but it’s baffling that I never managed to see them live until tonight. Sorted! Still magnificent. I bopped along and sang all the words ’til I was sweaty and hoarse … magic. After a tour break Carrie and Corin seemed really up for this and appeared to enjoy it nearly as much as I and a packed Paradiso did. The level of smiling and grinning all round was a pleasure to see. I always wanted to go to this iconic venue too and was not disappointed. I’m still gutted that Janet Weiss has left the … Continue reading

Amsterdam Holiday – 18 Feb 2020

I ‘needed’ to get to see Sleater-Kinney and this was all the excuse required to organise a few days with Karen in lovely Amsterdam taking in the gig at the iconic Paradiso.  What a great city. So much fun. Will definitely go back!

black midi – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – 17 Feb 2020

Only last October since I last saw black midi, and this set couldn’t have been much more different. Only 6 songs from their album ‘Schlagenheim’ … crowd pleasers like ‘bmbmbm’ left out and guitarist Matt replaced (temporarily I think) by sax and keys players. The rest of the set was so jazz and jazz/rock I know many people were flummoxed and unhappy with their new musical marmite. A band not afraid to experiment and move on … quickly! Well I loved it all. I’m completely happy with the jazzy direction and their playing, and Geordie’s singing, is so magnificent they … Continue reading

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

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 all that clearly. The only downside to a great night. Attended by George

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

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

Anaïs Mitchell – Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow – 29 Jan 2020

I never miss my favourite singer/songwriter Anaïs when she comes to Scotland nowadays. This time supported by her new ‘folk supergroup’ Bonny Light Horseman. 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 … Continue reading

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

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.

The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 2 Jan 2020

Many thanks again to the management and staff of Whistlebinkies for hosting us and to all who joined in with us so enthusiastically on a fun filled, festive Thursday evening. Also pleased to see so many ‘new’ songs go down so well. What a brilliant venue, will be back there very soon. Happy New Year All ! xx The Postcards 😘

My 2019 Music Review

2019 has been a pretty good year for me in general (if you can ignore the dire politics and planet destruction). Esp. a great year for music, it’s been a lot of fun for me and lots of good times with friends. I counted 66 gigs, Including playing with The Postcards, and The Big Light, discovered some great new music and I also started to get back into recording too (more next year). Best Gigs – A very close run decision since I had so many outstanding ones, but my Gig of the Year award has to go to Kagoule … Continue reading

The Postcards – Surgeons Quarter, Edinburgh – 7 Dec 2019

We had an absolute blast at Ewan’s 50th birthday party. If you want us for a private party or a fundraiser you know where to find us. Reasonable rates for the former and nothing for the latter. We reckon there are more audience pics to come but meanwhile here’s the band in full effect and our Neil getting so excited he joins the dancers while still singing. Thanks to Aldona for booking us and for the lovely recommendation on our page.

Penelope Isles – The Cluny 2, Newcastle – 1 Dec 2019

You know when you come across a gem of a new band and you can’t stop listening to them or needing to go and see them? You don’t? Aye ye do! Well that’s me and the amazing Penelope Isles … you have to go see them too! Originally from the Isle of Man, but via Brighton, the band started by Jack and Lily Wolter have come a long way in a short time, especially since being picked up by Simon Raymonde of Bella Union records who knows something special when he sees it. Brilliant songs, complex but catchy, veering from … Continue reading

Man Of Moon / The Twilight Sad – Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 30 Nov 2019

A packed Usher Hall and a great celebration atmosphere for the end of a European tour and Twilight Sad’s return to Edinburgh. Of course we came primarily to see Man Of Moon and we were not disappointed with another great performance in front of a big, appreciative home crowd. Well done guys! So excited to hear the new album asap in 2020. I’m not that familiar with the music of The Twilight Sad, but they certainly smashed it in what was their biggest ever gig. Fans I know say they were at their best and they loved the whole show … Continue reading

Björk – Hydro, Glasgow – 25 Nov 2019

I have been a ‘superfan’ of Björk for so many years, starting when I first heard ‘Birthday’ in 1987 and rushed out to buy it. I’ve seen her a number of times since and her music has been a big part of my life. I have to admit though that her last two albums have left me cold (though I tried), but I’m still supportive, so I had much tredipdation going to this ‘Cornucopia’ tour show after the relatively underwhelming occasion last time I saw her 3 years ago.  Well I needn’t have worried since the show was very, very … Continue reading

Bat For Lashes – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – 23 Nov 2019

Natasha Khan is one of my favourite singer/songwriters, always puts on a different kind of show which is a brave choice. This time ‘stripped back’, as she said, just her with keys and vocal support from the talented Laura Groves. She has a beautiful voice and distinctive style, but I admit I’ve found her latest albums less interesting, a few good tracks but overall underwhelming. Live though, it was an intimate experience with a very warm appreciative audience. However she chose to keep all of the songs at a slowish pace, which though it suited most of her yearning type … Continue reading

Snarky Puppy – Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow – 16 Nov 2019

What an amazing group. I’ve followed Snarky Puppy for a while, loving their jazzy instrumental masterpieces. But even after many line-up changes it was still a treat to get so many key members this time including leader and bassist Michael League, Justin Stanton on keys and trumpet, Mike Maher on trumpet and flugelhorn, Shaun Martin on keys, Mark Lettieri on guitar, Bobby Sparks on keys and Chris Bullock on sax and woodwinds. Joined by new to me Zach Brock on violin, Keita Ogawa on percussion, Jason Thomas on Drums … you rarely get such a collection of stellar musicians on … Continue reading

Iceland Airwaves Day 1 – Reykjavik – 6 Nov 2019

We were so excited to be going back to our favourite city for the very special Iceland Airwaves festival. Not just for the music but for a nice holiday in our favourite place with such nice people, locals and festival goers … so blog posts here are separate or combination multi-gig reviews and holiday travelogues! Iceland Airwaves is a bit different from most music festivals in that multiple venues are used around the city centre and other smaller bars run many ‘off-venue’ performances during the day so you can see lots of acts all day ’til early morning, running between them! … Continue reading

Iceland Holiday – 7 Nov 2019

A busy morning and afternoon sightseeing before gigging … Café Paris for breakfast, then a long walk all along Laugavegur and back window shopping, then all the way west to see the ‘Whales of Iceland’ museum. What an amazing exhibition. Life size models of all the main species of Whales and Dolphins. Really impressive with lots of other information and insight … ‘meet us, don’t eat us!’. Highly recommended. Also highly recommended, in fact mandatory, is a visit to our favourite Saegreifinn restaurant for our now traditional lobster soup lunch. Nom! Less fun was a customer next us tucking into … Continue reading

Iceland Airwaves Day 2 – Reykjavik – 7 Nov 2019

Fisrt Soley at Slipbarrin and lucky to get there early for a ringside bar stool as the place was packed. I’ve liked Soley for a fair while and saw her play a lovely show in Hull, but not sure if the new material being tried out is for me. Atmospheric, but a bit sombre and depressing! After the best pizza ever in Pizzeria Italia in the evening we took advantage of our Airwaves Plus wristbands to access the upstairs ’VIP’ area for 4 acts in Gamla Bio theatre. Glass Museum are a keyboards and drums instrumental duo from Belgium, and … Continue reading

Iceland Holiday – 8 Nov 2019

Day 3 in the Airwaves house started with breakfast in Joe & The Juice to prepare us for a freezing walk down to the beautiful Sólfar sculpture we visit every time. What a wonderful sight and the cold and the snow covered hills only emphasise it’s beauty. A quick visit to KEX hostel (nothing on unfortunately) and a bit more Laugavegur wandering led us to get out of the cold with a couple of pints of Bastard beer in the tremendously named ‘Bastard’ bar. A few more in the comfy Drunk Rabbit before a siesta in prep for an evening … Continue reading

Iceland Airwaves Day 3 – Reykjavik – 8 Nov 2019

Our target for the evening was Gaukurinn club, which is usually tightly packed and noisy. On the way over there though we stopped for a on-spec look in Iðnó which is a lovely old theatre, restaurant and venue. Lucky we did since Helge was just starting and the show was a real treat. Helge Slikker is a singer songwriter from Holland and the show related the narrative of his driving trip round Iceland illustrated by beautiful backdrop video and songs from his album ‘Polar’. A great concept and dreamlike story with lovely songs. Brilliant stuff, I’m a new fan! Gaukurinn … Continue reading

Iceland Holiday and Airwaves Day 4 – Reykjavik – 9 Nov 2019

Sandholt bakery is such a classy place for a lovely breakfast, and an ideal start to our last full day in Iceland. A leisurely morning, including a walk past, but not go into, the Punk Museum, since Karen was getting ready to go horse riding in the afternoon. She had a lovely time with Viking Horses tour, riding a lovely Icelandic horse on a nice easy hack. If Pip Blom was my nice surprise of a band better than I expected, Penelope Isles were my ‘top find’ of the festival and I’m on the way to becoming a super fan! … Continue reading

Man Of Moon – Sala La Nau, Barcelona – 31 Oct 2019

The idea of combining a trip to Europe to see Man Of Moon on tour with a few days in the amazing city of Barcelona was too good to resist!  Not long into their European Tour supporting Twilight Sad,  the guys are on top form with a 40 minute set concentrating their best songs. Though the venue was sparsely populated to begin with, it soon filled up and by the end they had earned a lot of new fans! Bravo Señors! Attended by George, Karen & Mhairi  

Holiday in Barcelona – Oct/Nov 2019

A 4 day trip to Barcelona was in order to co-incide with a visit to see Michael play with Man of Moon on their European Tour. What an amazing city. We loved it!

Big Big Train – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – 26 Oct 2019

I found out about Big Big Train from twigging that guitar hero Dave Gregory (ex of XTC) was playing with them. Couldn’t miss a chance to see the great man for the first time since 1981 ! I quite liked a few live videos I had seen but listening to some BBT albums I was less impressed. That impression was backed up by this performance. Long ‘pieces’ rather than songs that have typical prog rock sections with impressive dynamics and playing, but short on tunes for me and with lyrics that think they are clever but to me are really … Continue reading

black midi – Fabric, London – 23 Oct 2019

Astonishing! Black midi are a young band from London who have been compared to a long list of noisy, arty bands, too many to mention. Some people can’t stand them or think they are derivative. I say bollocks to that, I don’t care, they sound amazing! Just enjoy it. Not easy listening on record but an exhilarating experience live. Much more playful and varied with extended jams and added synth sounds. There is an element of chaotic but great sounding improvisation in there but you can tell their transitions are well rehearsed by how sharp they are. Great musicians for … Continue reading

The Trama Dolls – Brig Below, Edinburgh – 19 Oct 2019

A fabulous evening with The Trama Dolls (and The Twistettes) at the Brig. A real celebration atmosphere and such a lot of fun. The Trama Dolls sound great, not just with their style (which could be compared to Stooges, Cramps etc. etc.) but really clever and catchy songs. Sadie is of course the ‘Queen of Fucking Everything’ with all the passion and the moves, but the musicians create all the dramatic backdrop needed. Bravo! Attended by George, Karen & Jan

The Murder Capital – Mash House, Edinburgh – 15 Oct 2019

The Murder Capital from Dublin are an arty, post-punk band in a similar vein to others I’ve seen recently like Idles and Shame, etc. etc. Not a bad collection to stand comparison with and they have a different kind of power combined with an emotional seriousness of their own.  Inventive and melodic musicianship too supporting the earnest intensity of singer James McGovern. They also know how to build up a show dramatically. Instead of starting with the usual belter, they start with a mellow song, then the melancholy ‘Twisted Ground’, then another before ‘Green & Blue’ starts to ramp up … Continue reading

Pom Poko – Mash House, Edinburgh – 13 Oct 2019

Wow! I thought Pom Poko from Norway could be good, but I was blown away like the rest of a packed Sunday night Mash House crowd.  We all got the same blast from their spectacular music and infectious energy and enthusiasm, well I bopped around like loon anyway! Quite a unique sound I think with math rock, modern pop, jazz and world music flavours with odd rhythms, times and melodies. Right up my street! Attended by George  

Just Mustard – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 10 Oct 2019

Second night in a row at the wonderful Sneaky Pete’s and from the sublime Lewsberg to the not so sublime. I sometimes buy tickets after hearing just a sample of a band’s stuff and am rarely disappointed, but I was hoping for more from Dundalk’s Just Mustard. Some nice ideas, but off key vocals, incoherent rambling music with pointless guitar noise (at My Bloody Valentine volume levels) … I could go on but maybe it was an off night for a young hard working band, so good luck to them anyway. Well done to support band Medicine Cabinet though. Not … Continue reading

Lewsberg – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 9 Oct 2019

What a find! Lewsberg from Rotterdam have a reputation of sounding like The Velvet Underground and early Talking Heads among others. Not being a big Velvets fan I can confirm though that impression is right.  I am, however, now a Lewsberg fan! Simple guitar sounds, smart and cynical lyrics, deadpan delivery in dutch accent … could be dry and boring but their conviction and intensity is persuasive so you get drawn into their world. And it turns out to be a catchy and fun world, who knew? Magic! Attended by George, Jan and Alan L

The Smiths Ltd – Hive, Edinburgh – 4 Oct 2019

I wanted to check out Hive as a music venue I’d not been to, and I love a bit of Smiths. Ideal opportunity! And The Smiths Ltd are not the worst Smith’s tribute band  I’ve seen … but not the best either. Respect due though for a comprehensive and well delivered 23 song set that went down a storm with a packed room full of Smiths fans. I sang along with all the words too! Attended by George


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