For the last 20 years Dave Randell has been pulling together unexpected and compelling groups of artists to make albums that skate the polemic edges of music and politics.
It is an uncomfortable time of year. Winter has seemingly entered it’s 312th dreary week, everyone is still skint, and bang in the middle is an awkward alienating sudo-celebration of romantic love.
That Celtic Connections is a musical lighthouse shining through the Scottish January drear is a cliché. But like all clichés it exists for a reason. For two weeks a year it lights up Glasgow, attracting 130,000 people, to 300 gigs, across 29 venues, igniting the cold nights with a warm harbour of sound.
There are a few tracks from their 15-album back catalogue that have never before been performed live until this tour, not least ‘King George Street’ which Tilbrook tells us they hadn’t played onstage since its initial release 34 years ago.
It’s bonfire night: an evening set apart in time. Thick with nostalgic musty post-fireworks fug, and at one of the most iconic venues in the UK, tonight Glasgow offers the perfect setting for a band whose infectiously rocky sound is as ageless as sparklers in mittened fists.
If listening to Welshly Arms leaves you with the extraordinary suspicion that you just heard the soundtrack to the last few years, that’s because you did.
The world doesn’t get it. And that’s okay. But the fact remains: The Midwest makes amazing music. The number of truly impressive and effing…
I can’t believe its been 30 years since I last saw Living Colour perform live. I was a mere slip of a lad when they supported Anthrax on their UK ‘State of Euphoria’ tour in 1989.
Oh my, did I!
In the bulging walking across the top of a circle pit screaming vein honesty of one Frank Carter, let’s get this out of the way immediately and say I FUCKING LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!
Photos courtesy of Harry Acosta — Website | Instagram | Facebook It’s hardly a music show, but it is so entertaining. The Empire Strips Back is a stage performance…
Music is much better than your five a day apples and vegetables as it can nourish you far beyond that moment, fuelling your heart, soul, mind, memories, beliefs and loves.
It will always be a joy to say Lower Slaughter are back, and indeed they are, with their second album ‘Some Things Take Work’ now upon us to deliver us from all sorts of evils, and if maybe not actually deliver us, it will at least distract us from the shite around us as we base jump into the riff pit with wild abandon.
Comprised of lead man/accordionist Patrick Murphy; Guitar slinger and singer, Steve Twigger; Percussionist, Ryan Lacey; Piper Pete Purvis; and Fiddler Katie Grennan; Gaelic Storm have been at it for 20+ years.
It’s Imbolc, the Celtic festival of the return of the light: and in Glasgow they don’t wait around for warmth to come to them. Here January is lit up by two weeks of musical revelry as the Celtic Connections festival takes over almost every art space in the city.