Have A Go Heroes – Spare Snare live

Spare Snare / Post Coal Prom Queen – The Hunter S Thompson, Dundee – Friday 16th September 2022 The best laid plans. Originally intended as a showcase for all the new songs destined for their next Steve Albini produced album, a late case of COVID forced Spare Snare into a late change of plan for…

Is This Normal Water? – Withered Hand live

Withered Hand / Broken Chanter – Summerhall, Edinburgh – Friday 12th August 2022 For the sole benefit of my own record-keeping, here’s a brief report and some camera pics on the recent Withered Hand show at Summerhall. I wasn’t really in a receptive frame of mind to stray beyond objective facts. The Withered Hand live…

Edwardian Farm Hand – Broken Chanter live

Broken Chanter / Man of Minch (solo) – The Studio, Cumbernauld Theatre @ Lanternhouse – Friday 29th July 2022 Our last outing 10 days ago was to see two of the most accessible acts currently doing the rounds in Scotland at the moment. I’m going to keep this relatively brief since I’ve seen the Broken…

Can You Still Hear Me? – Bob Mould live

Bob Mould / Katie Malco – Oran Mor, Glasgow – Wednesday 22nd June 2022 I’ll start off by confessing this was almost the first Bob Mould tour in Scotland we’d missed in a very long time. In the midst of the first Omicron wave, the original date as part of Celtic Connections in January felt…

The Other One – Broken Chanter live

Broken Chanter / M. John Henry / Raveloe – The Hunter S Thompson, Dundee – Saturday 11th June 2022 This was my first visit to the basement formerly known as Drouthy’s in its new guise as the Hunter S Thompson. Certainly, as a venue, things have improved as the booths/couches have been removed (with one…

Years Before His Time – David McComb documentary

You never forget when you start to lose your musical heroes. David McComb’s death in 1999 at the age of 36 wasn’t quite the first (sadly) but reading of his death on Teletext in those pre-internet days was a real shock, particularly since we were born in the same year. In production for more than…