Is The Blue New? – Low live in Edinburgh

Low / Divide & Dissolve – The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – Monday 25th April 2022 When you get to be as ancient as myself, there’s definitely a feeling that you’re less and less likely to find something startling in rock music. Yet Low’s 2022 album ‘HEY WHAT’ is undoubtedly an exception. It’s an extraordinary record…

Dispel The Gloom – Red Guitars live

Red Guitars – The Attic at the Garage, Glasgow – Friday 22nd April 2022 The next gig after Asian Dub Foundation was always going to have to be pretty special. The first Scottish gig in 38 years for the reformed ‘classic’ Red Guitars certainly offered a chance of that. I was lucky enough to see…

Reclaim The Future – Asian Dub Foundation live

Asian Dub Foundation / Pandit G (DJ set) – CCA, Glasgow – Saturday 9th April 2022 I’ve gone to so many shows now that being genuinely excited about specific bands is a rare thing. I’m not saying I don’t look forward to shows but, after purchasing five Asian Dub Foundation albums since seeing them play…

Trousers! – Pictish Trail live

Pictish Trail / Savage Mansion – Beat Generator Live, Dundee – Friday 8th April 2022 And still we’re working our way through the backlog of 2020 gigs arranged pre-COVID. This show was originally scheduled for April 2020 in support of Pictish Trail’s just released ‘Thumb World’ but 2 postponements later Johnny Lynch and cohorts finally…

Dramatic Seat Taking Music – Broken Chanter live

Broken Chanter (solo)/ Linzi Clark – Futtle, St Monans – Saturday 2nd April We eased ourselves back into live shows with an intimate show at Futtle just outside St Monans last weekend. Futtle is an interesting place – a micro-brewery/record shop attached to the redevelopment of a farm steading at Bowhouse which hosts regular local…

It Hasn’t Been So Long – Randolph’s Leap live

Randolph’s Leap / Upturned Boats – Stereo, Glasgow – Saturday 26th February 2022 I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure that my first gig back after the Omicron winter shutdown wouldn’t have been closer to April. But in a rush of bravery, I booked tickets for the Bunnymen at the Barras tomorrow and it wouldn’t have…