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Category: Mike Ritchie

Robyn Hitchcock, Mono, 8th June 2015

Robyn Hitchcock, Mono, 8th June 2015 Not difficult to instantly dip into a Robyn Hitchcock gig and feel gratified when his opener is a stunning cover of Dylan’s Not Dark Yet. It oozed with warmly toned vocals, exquisite guitar playing, and a flow that enthralled the audience. There was no dip in the sheer joy …

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Blue Rose Code – Drygate 25th April 2015

BLUE ROSE CODE, Drygate, Glasgow, April 25, 2015 When you have created a treasure chest of musical gems, the chances are your live performances will sparkle and shine. This is certainly true of Blue Rose Code’s songs: they are a real deal treat and live they prove to be atmospheric, meaningful and joyous, deliciously performed …

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Ags Connolly – Star Folk Club – 14 April 2015

AGS CONNOLLY, Star Folk Club, The Admiral Bar, Glasgow, April 14, 2015. While I may be struggling to get my head around exactly what Dale Watson’s ‘Ameripolitan’ movement is – one that Ags Connolly readily supports – it was dead easy to open my mind to enjoy Ags’ blissful, melancholic songs at this absorbing gig. …

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Review: Good Luck Mountain, Woodend Club, Jordanhill, Glasgow, 25 February 2015

The thing that intrigued me most en route to what turned out to be a marvellous gig was how Good Luck Mountain (Mike Ferrio) would be able to treat the sumptuous songs from his current brilliant, haunting and hypnotic release ‘Too’ in stripped down format in this type of setting, a function room in a …

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Review: Cahalen Morrison and Eli West with Pharis and Jason Romero, Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow – 30 January 2015

There’s a deeply vibrant joy about Cahalen Morrison and Eli West’s music and these characteristics crackled at this quite superb gig. Musicianship this good is uplifting, mesmerising, magical and beguiling – it makes everyone smile with a warm feeling of being enriched by a celebration of remarkable talents, an exquisite musical union. For 90 minutes, …

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Review: Tweedy, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 29 January 2015

The gentle father-and-son hug was a touching moment at the end of this stirring performance. It clearly showed that Jeff Tweedy and his 18-year-old drummer boy, Spencer loved each other, being on stage together and had put on one helluva show. Over two hours of Tweedy, Wilco and Uncle Tupelo songs sated an enthusiastic band …

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Donald Shaw praises Celtic Music Radio

Celtic Music Radio is broadcasting live for the 10th year in a row at Celtic Connections, which got under from Thursday, 15 January 2015. The Glasgow-based community radio station, which broadcasts to Glasgow on 95FM, will be on air live from the city’s Royal Concert Hall every day of the Celtic Connections Festival with the first show …

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Cam Penner with Jon Wood, Blackfriars Bar, Merchant City, Glasgow, 8 November 2014

CAM PENNER with JON WOOD performed at Blackfriars Bar, Merchant City, Glasgow on Saturday 8 November 2014. Review by Mike Ritchie The log chopper and his close friend the beer maker – aka Cam Penner and Jon Wood, respectively – were back in town doing what they are better known for: delivering their special potion of magical music. …

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Review: Sturgill Simpson, Glasgow Americana Festival, Òran Mór, Glasgow – Sunday 5 October 2014

Written by Mike Ritchie mike.ritchie@celticmusicradio.net Sturgill Simpson’s latest visit to Scotland this year, his first time with a band, proved as thrillingly rootsy and tasty as anyone could have wished for.  The man from Kentucky was in blistering form and clearly feeling very much at home. The fiery bluegrass in his blood underpins much of …

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Blue Rose Code, The Glad Café, Glasgow, 1 October, 2014. Words by Mike Ritchie

What is it with the first-night-of-the-month gigs at The Glad Café, this excellent small venue on Glasgow’s Southside? I ask the question because for the second time this year I was at a gig there on the 1st and was bouncing with pleasure on the way home. It happened on May Day as well when …

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