Anaïs Mitchell – Newcastle University – 13 Nov 2022

I’d been waiting many years for a new original songs album from Anaïs and though her recent eponymous release is nice, I don’t think it reaches the heights of her incredible earlier works. Still, live is a different prospect, and with a solid band joining her, so it transpired.

Such a beautiful singer, guitarist and person, always gracious and endearing. I sang along with the ones I knew well even though the set was dominated by songs from the new album. Such a varied career she has had including the musical  ‘Hadestown’, ‘Child Ballads’ project and ‘supergroup’ Bonny Light Horseman, I wonder what is next for her? More solo original songs I hope!  

Attended by George & Karen

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Hanley & The Baird + Aw Blacks – Queens Hall, Edinburgh – 12 Nov 2022

This was a very special occasion for me and all involved. This was the first time Kirsty Baird and Annette Hanley had presented a show designed to showcase songs featuring both the Hanley & The Baird band and also the amazing Sing In The City Aw Blacks choir (about 50/50). Well what a great idea, and it worked brilliantly with the choir providing spine tingling backing vocals to band songs and the band rocking out in support of the Aw Blacks amazing 4 part harmonies, medleys and dance moves.

In such a beautiful, iconic venue too. An excited and appreciative audience was well into it and participating enthusiastically as well! 2 sets were applauded to the rafters and the atmosphere was electric. I even got lots of room on my bit of stage to myself to bop around like I do to my heart’s content. Got to be our best show ever. The band, the choir and so many supporters and helpers put so much into preparing this epic production … it’s too good to not repeat and Kirsty promises we will take it on tour … hope so!

I have to thank Kirsty, Annette and Kerry in the band, and all the Aw Blacks for being so welcoming and kind to me this year. Many thanks also to all who helped from organisation to setup to merch stall etc. etc. What a night. Glad all there enjoyed it so much too. (PS thanks to whoever took the above photographs, sorry I can’t work out all who’s, but some from Vikki Spence, cheers)

First Set Entire Audio Recording- here

Second Set Entire Audio Recording- here

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Sorry – Stereo, Glasgow – 28 Oct 2022

I really love the music of Sorry but the pandemic interrupted seeing them since the first time at Sneaky Pete’s just before first lockdown. Asha and Louis have kept up creating great songs though, all on show tonight. Just magic!

Attended by George

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Rosalie Cunningham – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 24 Oct 2022

Bought tickets for this ages ago and was unfortunately re-arranged … worth waiting for though to see the brilliant Rosalie and her spectacular band again. Could write more, but the great review by John Scott on HiFi Pig below goes into super detail!

Attended by George, Jan & Andy

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The Skids – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – 23 Sept 2022

I’ve missed out on all the Skids and Big Country re-union tours of recent years, but succumbed to this one, and really glad I did. Richard Jobson is the only original member on show of the Skids and his support band The Armoury Show. But the bands are great and he carries it off perfectly with great energy, passion and humour. I sang along at the top of my voice, amazed I could still remember most of the words to my favourite Skids classics from 40 years ago!

Attended by George

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The Postcards – Bothwell Scarecrow Festival – 17 Sept 2022

We had a blast playing at Bothwell Scarecrow Festival yesterday. Our first outdoor show as part of a community fun day. Ta to everyone that came along and also to Stevie for looking after us. No soundcheck and a last minute set change! Pro as!

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Blood Wizard – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 14 Sept 2022

I absolutely loved Kagoule, Cai Burn’s previous band. Since they sadly split he has changed direction slightly with his new project Blood Wizard. He has a very distinct songwriting style though so the songs and playing were fine by me and this show was very good. Will watch his developments with great interest.

Attended by George & Andy

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The Postcards – Citation, Glasgow – 5 Sept 2022

A private party – good fun!

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The Postcards & Dirty Harry – Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – 21 Aug 2022

Such a fantastic audience in fine singing voice at THE LIQUID ROOMS (Official) on Sunday! We had a blast playing for you. Thanks to the brilliant Dirty Harry Edinburgh for being so kind to us and to all of you who helped and supported us. See you again soon. xx The Postcards

(Thanks so much to Mark of Waysted Photography and Steve (shotbyagunn photography) for pics. Much appreciated.)

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James Yorkston – Summerhall, Edinburgh – 19 Aug 2022

I’ve enjoyed a bit of James music but not followed closely until I noticed this show with a stellar band including Phil Selway from Radiohead and especially Nina Persson from The Cardigans … just had to go, and very glad I did! Didn’t know many of the songs but that didn’t matter when the performances were so excellent. Would have liked more of Nina’s singing, but not really her show, so fair enough. Well done James, enjoyed that! 

Attended by George

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