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 Horsman. 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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The Big Light – Love Interruption

We love this song by Jack White so much, we though we’d record it (in the style of First Aid Kit) … so we did! Enjoy!

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The Postcards – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – 11 Jan 2020

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We had such a blast at the Voodoo Rooms on Saturday opening up for the amazing Bowie Blinders. Thanks to everyone who helped make such a great night for such a brilliant crowd.  Love on ya! 😘
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The Postcards – Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh – 2 Jan 2020

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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 😘

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My 2019 Music Review

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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 at Broadcast in February … Perfect set, perfectly played … a superb performance all round from one of my favourite bands.

Impossible to choose a top 5 though, since I was so lucky to witness some other really special gigs, the best of which included Penelope Isles, black midi, Björk, Snarky Puppy, Shame, Pom Poko, Lewsberg, Jarv IS, Anais Mitchell, Suede, Donny McCaslin, Man Of Moon and the amazing musical Hadestown. A playlist of associated videos below !

Best Albums

Still eagerly awaiting the new Man Of Moon album to top next year’s 2020 list! But this year my new faves were (with Spotify links) –

  1. Until The Tide Creeps In – Penelope Isles
  2. Schlagenheim – black midi
  3. Lewsberg – Lewsberg
  4. Naked Flames – TC&I
  5. Polar – Helge

Best New Discovered Artists

Always lots of great new music out there if you care to look! Blown away this year by –

I hope 2020 is a happy and safe year for all of us. Live Long And Prosper!

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Frankly The Smiths – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – 14 Dec 2019

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One of the best Smith’s tribute bands around and we love to sing along to all of the songs that saved our lives.

Attended by George & Jan

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The Postcards – Surgeons Quarter, Edinburgh – 7 Dec 2019

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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.

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