Category: Events


What’s On – June

Quick guide to what’s on and where for the rest of this month.

GLASGOW

Saturday 14
June

Charity night for Yorkhill @ Bachuss: click here for more information.

Flying By Mirrors EP Launch @ Stereo (tickets £6)

Hailey Beavus with Deano Monsoon @ Record Factory

The Pacific Blues, The Reward, Sunny Sense, Electric Green, Richard Kerr @ Pivo Pivo


Wednesday 18 June

Rab Noakes @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Thursday 19 June

Calum Ingram @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Friday 20
June

The Lapelles @ Stereo

Jimmie MacGregor @ Websters Theatre, Kelvinbridge


Sunday 22 June

Minus 1 @ Ivory Blacks


Friday 27 June

Homeward James @ Law Bowling Club, Carluke


Saturday 28 June

The Face on the Moon, Cloud of Starlings, Sonic Dispace, Thank the Boy @ Ivory Blacks

 

OTHER PLACES ON THE MAP

OXFORD

Friday 20 June

The Mechanisms, Megan Henwood, Vienna Ditto, The Other Dramas, Charlie Leavy @ O2 Academy Oxford


CARDIFF

Saturday 21 June

Guns 2 Roses @ The Globe


LEICESTER

Guns 2 Roses @ Musician Pub (Glastonbudget mini reunion)

 

 

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ON Friday evening, Motherwell Miner’s club hosted a very special event. Four acts took to the stage in order to raise money for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

The event also saw the release of single Smile by Elvira Stitt; specially written and recorded for Yorkhill.

Murdo Mitchell

Murdo Mitchell

 

Murdo Mitchell opened the show with a great cover of Hurt – Nine Inch Nails, but more in the style of Johnny Cash’s excellent version. Asking the crowd what they wanted to hear (greeted with the response “More Johnny Cash”) Murdo powered through an array of well chosen songs to get the audience going. Bringing his friend up on stage was one of the highlights, as the duo’s vocals worked really well together. He finished his set with a mash up of many tunes combined to make one song, featuring artists such as Beyoncé, Journey, James Blunt, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber to name but a few. I also think I heard Aqua’s Barbie Girl in there somewhere, but don’t quote me on that. A fantastic start to a fantastic night.

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Amy Watters

Amy Watters

 

Amy Watters was next to step up to the microphone. After a few technical hiccups with her guitar, she was soon back on track. Her lovely voice really suited the songs she had chosen. It was a very personal set, with Amy playing a song from her favourite band, Daughter, and her favourite song, which was a surprising rendition of Part of that World from The Little Mermaid. Great musician with a lot of talent.

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Matthew and Rab

Matthew and Rab

Next up was Matthew MacConnell and Rab Crosbie from local band Static Rock. An incredibly talented pair, who performed a brilliant set. Matthew, equipped with a 12 string acoustic and Rab, made a great duo; both incredibly skilled on guitar, not to mention the wonderful vocal harmonies. Both musicians totally complimented each other and had a very unique sound. Near the end, both Rab and Matthew tackled a song solo, and was equally as great. Probably one of the best acoustic acts I’ve seen. yorkhill 7

 

 

 

 

 

Elvira Stitt

Elvira Stitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally,  it was the turn of Elvira Stitt. The music video to go along with her single Smile was shown before she started, then Elvira took to the stage. It was the only point of the evening where the audience fell really silent; Elvira is a singer who demands your attention. All eyes on her, she began playing. Despite her mentioning that she had a sore throat, her voice sounded fantastic. Her music and retro style transports you to another era, making you feel like you’re sitting in some glamorous Hollywood bar in the 50s. Her performance totally drew me in; with emotive lyrics and stand out vocals. Elvira’s set featured an Elvis Presley number, Headstrong (Under the Weather) from her EP, and a live version of Smile. It was a brilliant finale, and even saw some audience members heading up to the dance floor, adding to that time-travelling sense you get watching Elvira Stitt.

The event and single raised a staggering £1230 for Yorkhill Charity. The organiser, host of the gig, and mastermind behind all fundraising was the incredible Kirsten McFadden, please show your support for her Facebook page here.

You can check out Elvira Stitt’s single Smile by clicking here.

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

When a band achieves a great deal of success, you half expect them to take their fans for granted, having so many, or not have the time to spend talking to them.

This is most certainly not the case with Mutineers.

The Manchester band took to the stage on Saturday 2 November in Pivo Pivo as part of their UK tour to promote new single Tell Me Why.

Before the gig began, I was working up the courage to go over to their table and ask them for an interview (which will hopefully appear on the internet soon!).

Mutineers at Pivo Pivo

Sitting in the venue with just myself for company, being incredibly socially awkward, and not having much experience at this whole interviewing thing, I was more than a bit nervous.

But once I’d worked up the courage to actually go over to their table, they made me feel right at ease.

The whole band, Nick Mallins (vocals/guitar), Michael Reed (lead guitar), Charlie Salt (Bass/Vocals) and Tom Twemlow (Drums) were happy to give me an interview, and afterwards let me sit and chat with them before their set, which was awesome.

Three artists supported the headliners; first up was a solo act by the name of Elska, who had such a presence on stage that you could scarcely take your eyes off him. Despite breaking a string on his guitar, he still sounded great, which is an impressive feat.

He was followed by band The Cranes, a group of talented musicians, awesome tunes, and a brass instrument, who suited the gig well.

Next up was Those Who Wait, who, with an energetic frontman, great music, and use of the same, or a very similar, brass instrument (seems to be a trend) really got the crowd going.

Finally, it was the turn of Mutineers.

They performed songs from their album Friends, Lovers, Rivals, which sounded just as good live, if not better.

The crowd danced along to an array of popular hits like You Used to Be Okay, Alone In Our Ideas, and Stick Together.

Smart insightful lyrics were carried across the venue by Nick’s wonderfully unique voice, alongside Charlie’s spot on backing vocals and talented bass playing.

Highlights of the set were Infidelity, Shadow Kisses, and of course, the brand new single, Tell Me Why (which will be stuck in your head for days).

The stage presence they have is incredible, and it was really refreshing to see a band so visibly enjoying what they do. You can’t help but feel the infectious enthusiasm they project while effortlessly delivering their music. In particular, Michael and Tom; their complete immersion in the music made the set a joy to watch.

Their blend of catchy melodies, fantastic vocals, and intelligent lyrics, made the gig one of the best I’ve been to. With promise of a new album, and judging by the audience’s reaction, I’m not the only one who hopes they’ll pay another visit to Glasgow soon.

If, however, you’re lucky enough to live in Leeds, they will be performing at The Cockpit on Saturday 16 November.

For tickets, see here.

An amazing band with amazing down-to-earth members is a rare combination; be sure to check them out.

 

Gig Review: Fleetwood Mac

 

Photography by Michelle Blair

Fleetwood Rock Hydro: photography by Michelle Blair

Stepping into the awe-inspiring new venue that is the SSE Hydro on Thursday 3 October, a sense of excitement filled the air.

The buzz of conversation grew, as the crowd, taking their seats, waited in anticipation for one band; Fleetwood Mac.

The iconic outfit returned to Glasgow almost four years after their last visit, and proved to be as incredible as ever. Without further ado they launched into Second Hand News, closely followed by classic songs The Chain and Dreams.

Fleetwood Mac seemed just as excited as the audience, with Lindsey Buckingham jumping around the stage like a man half his age. Coincidentally, it just happened to be Lindsey’s 64th birthday, and the crowd took the chance sing Happy Birthday, to which he responded with a “don’t remind me”.

Stevie Nicks was also on top form, and her captivating stage presence made the show a joy to watch. Her voice perfectly harmonious with Lindsey’s, she moved around the stage, at times spinning around on the spot, but never standing still for a second.

As well as old songs, the band treated the audience to something new, debuting a song entitled Sad Angel, much to the crowds delight.

At one point, an appreciating fan threw their underwear onstage, leading an amused Mick Fleetwood to say “I feel like Rod Stewart up here,  goodness me.”

One of the highlights of the evening was undoubtedly the performance of Go Your Own Way and Don’t Stop, where the thousands of people singing along almost managed to drown out the band. Gazing around and seeing so many people gathered together for the music was an enchanting experience, and the musicians took full advantage of the electric atmosphere in the arena.

Fleetwood Mac were on top form, and made the evening a night to remember. The band made the audience fully aware of how much they were appreciated, and by the reaction of the audience, the feeling was entirely mutual.

Many will be feeling the post-gig depression, but there’s high hopes for new music, and a possible return to Scotland, as Lindsey assured us that there are “quite a few chapters left in the book of Fleetwood Mac”.

Interview: Chris Croken

Interview with singer-songwriter Chris Croken ahead of his gig at 13th Note in Glasgow this Thursday.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Chris will be performing this Thursday evening.

Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming gig at 13th Note?
I thought I’d get a few friends together, play some new songs, some covers and more or less have a good time with good music.

You have a demo up on SoundCloud, which includes the amazing track Slow, what’s the story behind this song?
I don’t really know. The passing of time, and enjoying the finer things and dragging through the rougher ones. I’ll let whoever listens to it decide.

Do you have anything planned for the rest of the year? New music? Any gigs?
I have lot of ideas, I am in the middle of gathering material for an album, I also want to have a band again. This will more than likely be my first and last gig of the year asides from open mic’s.

Who inspired you to get into music?
I honestly don’t know, I think it was my dad with U2, ELO and the like. Then I guess I found my own way; Clapton, Mayer and the into the classics of American music.

If you could perform at any venue in the world, which one would it be and why?
Red Rocks amphitheatre it’s outdoor and it just looks amazing, especially at night.

Chris will be performing at 13th Note this Thursday alongside Darren Hendrie and Amy Lyon. Gig starts at 8pm – tickets are £3 (available at the door) and it’s an over-18s event; get along to it if you can!

You can also check out his music on SoundCloud here.

Interview: Elvira Stitt

We talk to singer-songwriter Elvira Stitt, on the eve of the launch of her first solo EP, The Transparent Man.

Can you tell us a bit about how you came to choose the stage name Elvira Stitt?
I got the name from a psychological thriller film from the early sixties named Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?. Funny thing is Elvira Stitt is actually the maid who gets killed by getting hit over the head. I feel I can relate to the film in a lot ways. It’s fairly personal. I was hoping to use the name Baby Jane however it was already the name of a band.

Your new EP The Transparent Man is being launched tomorrow night, how does it feel getting an EP out?
Last year I brought out an E.P with the band Evora. I wrote the music and had great fun releasing it. However, I’m really excited about the release of my solo E.P because I feel more comfortable being on stage myself. It’s a really good feeling releasing an E.P and I’m hoping to get this one on Itunes, Spotify etc.

What was the recording process like?
It was quite a stressful experience when I had to book in recording slots for Cumbernauld College as many people wanted them for graded purposes. This is where I recorded a track off the E.P named Woodland Pillow. This meant that I could use it for personal music ideas as well as for my graded unit folio in college. I also recorded with my friend Dennis at his grandmothers house which was great fun. He’s a very talented sound engineer and piano player and it was great that I could finally get the idea’s I had in my head fully recorded to a track.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

Elvira will be performing at her EP launch in 13th Note tomorrow night.

You’ve also released your first single from the EP, the brilliant Headstrong (Under the Weather) – what was the inspiration behind this song?
Thank you so much, I really appreciate that – To be honest, Headstrong was one of the first tracks I have wrote in a while that was done really quickly.. I wrote that song in ten minutes! The recording of it was made to sound like an old vinyl record. The song is for anyone who has been in a situation with someone who is tearing them down and who doesn’t appreciate them as a person but goes back to them. It’s about putting your everything into something and getting nothing in return. The chorus is basically saying that at times in the situation you may feel positive but you’re ignoring the fact you’re “under the weather” and that you would “pay your ways” to be unappreciated by them because that’s all there is to be offered.

In a zombie apocalypse, what would be your weapon of choice?
It would have to be my guitar. I could whap the zombie over the head with the guitar body then quickly write a song on it. Fast thinking!

Elvira will be launching her new EP at 13th Note in Glasgow tomorrow night (29th April) with support from Ryan Morcombe and Neil James Parkinson. Tickets are £5 and the doors open at 8pm. Be sure to go along and check her out!

What’s On

O2 ABC

O2 ABC

Some gigs that are happening in Glasgow in the coming weeks.

Thursday 4th April: Fiesta Minor – Bar Bloc 

Saturday 6th April: The LaFontaines – Classic Grand If there are any tickets left, definitely go and see these guys. They’re going to be massive.

Friday 12th April: Homeward James and Isotones – Walkabout 2 brilliant bands, sure to be a great night! Worth mentioning that tickets are only £3 if you’re a student.

Saturday 13th April: Delta Mainline – Glasgow School of Art

Friday 19th April: The Fratellis – Barrowlands My boys, as I affectionately call them, are playing at one of Scotland’s best venues; it’s going to be good.

Friday 26th April: Danny P – Oran Mor EP launch of a fantastic  artist, be sure to check him out.

Monday 29th April: Elvira Stitt – 13th Note get yourself along to this if you can, she’s a wonderful singer, and is launching her EP The Transparent Man

Saturday 4th May: The Strypes – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut A band that are rocketing to success at an alarming late. Check them out before the tickets cost too much.

Coming Soon to a Venue Near You

Short entry about some gigs that are coming up in the next few weeks or so, incase you’re stuck for something to do at the weekend.

Sonic Reducers live

Sonic Reducers live

First up, on Saturday 9th February, we have Danny.P at The Box. This is Danny and his band’s first full line-up gig in Glasgow, and it’s free, which means more money to spend on alcoholic substances if you are that way inclined. The gig starts at 8pm, and is for all people who are 18 and over. He’s a fantastic artist so it’s well worth checking him out.

Not sure if this counts as self-promotion, but the next gig I’m going to add in here is the one that involves my own band. Okay, so that is horrendous self-promotion, but I’ve got to start somewhere. Perpetual Motion will be playing at the O2 ABC on Saturday 16th February, along with support from The Puzzlers, David Murdoch, and End Transmission (my band!). All the other bands are awesome, so if you’re up for some decent music and watching me try to pretend I know how to play guitar, then come along!
Tickets are £8, but £10 on the door, so it would be best to get them beforehand. You can purchase tickets here:
http://www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk/event/49691/perpetual-motion-tickets

Finally, if you like punk rock, you’ll love Sonic Reducers. The band are playing at the Classic Grand on the 22nd February, and are fantastic live, so if you’re free I’d recommend that you get yourself along to it! Tickets are £6, and it’s sure to be a brilliant night.

That’s just about everything you should stick in your calendars so far. Look out for more blog posts very soon.