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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The Sensational David Bowie Tribute Band – La Belle Angele, Edinburgh – 6 Dec 2019

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John and the guys never fail to deliver an amazing show and this was no exception! As usual we sang along until hoarse. Love on ya!

Attended by George, Karen & Jan

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

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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 sweet melodies and harmonies to wig-out post-rock noisy … they have got everything that pushes my musical buttons perfectly!

Since debut album ‘Until The Tide Creeps In’ came out they have been working and travelling non-stop. Jack told me this was their 90 somethingth gig of the year and will be over 100 soon. That shows in the flawless performances in the 3 times in 3 weeks I’ve seen them since Iceland Airwaves, and the music sounds even better to me live than recorded as a result. I couldn’t make their show in Glasgow, so why not take the easy trip to the Toon?! Go see Penelope Isles too. Chat to these friendly people afterwards, and buy their CD. Now!

Attended by George

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