Concert Reviews

She has an autobiography and a new album coming out, and here she is, a couple of days shy of her 70th birthday, edging us along a bittersweet, rugged, emotion-laden song route where no-one delivers quite like her. The revered Lucinda Williams has gritty, dust-blown grief and heartache down to perfection in her imperious catalogue […]

When a concert’s support act is as good as Basco – a four-man trad-based band based in Denmark – you know you’re in for a treat. Hal Parfitt Murray (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) is Scots by birth Australian by upbringing, and Ale Carr (cittern) is Swedish. The other half of the band, Andreas Tophoj (violin/viola) and […]

The announcer jokingly referred to this as a night of “Beauty and the Beast” – Ellie Beaton’s voice and presentation amply filled the “Beauty” category and Archie Fisher proved yet again that, at the age of 83, he’s still one of Scottish folk music’s “big beasts.” Ellie is a former BBC Young Trad Singer finalist, […]

There is not a single moment in this flawless gig involving three high-calibre multi-instrumentalists that ever dips below the level of scintillating. Headliners, award-winning married couple, Sierra Hull (on her third visit to the city) and Justin Moses (making his debut here) play with a flow and intensity that quickly convinces us their love of […]

There was an inventive energy apparent throughout this absorbing gig bringing to life the recorded music of Paul Tasker’s ‘Tierra Quemada’ album in an absorbing, stirring and vibrant fashion. This is contemplative music subtly drawing on folk, classical, jazz and world music influences to create overall an atmosphere that is calming, delicate and as stylish […]

Once described as “Ireland’s best kept musical secret” The Remedy Club have, thankfully, now been exposed……and sampling the infectious brand of country roots they prescribe is a real treat. Husband and wife duo – KJ McEvoy and Aileen Mythen – are a perfect musical match. KJ’s deft guitar work is terrific while Aileen’s vocal dexterity […]

John Murry is intense with a dogged edginess that makes his gigs so memorable. On his latest visit to Glasgow he kept his Nice’n’Sleazy audience on their toes with hushed or full-cry vocals and searing guitar powered along with heft by bass player, Ellen O’Reilly and drummer, Johnny Boyle, a sparkling rhythm section that added […]


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