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.
The London Cabaret Club began as a pop-up venue in the Arts club in 2013, before setting up permanently in the Bloomsbury Ballroom. As you arrive you are led downstairs into their bar, a secluded and classy venue with plush furniture, dim lighting and beautiful décor
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.
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!!!!
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.
Sexy, dark, humorous, and poignant, Fogle’s voice is one that needs to be heard right now.
With a score that is etherial, industrial, mechanical, organic, chaos and purity all at once, there is a godlike knitting session being cast, taking atomic yarn from a great many influences, encompassing every single note, colour, texture of what actually makes up every facet of life, time, existence, nature and science.