The World Is Not Perfect – Rick Redbeard live

Rick Redbeard – Hospitalfield, Arbroath – Saturday 12th September 2020 (2020 Gig #8) I confess that I felt that my gigging year was over when the pandemic hit . There was a brief hope when *that* series of drive-in gigs were announced a few weeks ago (including Ash at Ingliston for which we secured good…

There Is No Secret Santa – Randolph’s Leap live (Gig #7 -2020)

Randolph’s Leap / Hayley Beavis – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh – Sunday 1st March 2020 I confess I thought I’d written most of this already but it appears not so this is going to be very brief. But since it increasingly looks like this will be our final gig of the year, I thought it was…

Gig Hopping (Part 2) – Sleater-Kinney at Barrowlands, Glasgow (Gig #5)

Sleater-Kinney – Barrowlands, Glasgow – Friday 28th February 2020 For a long time, it looked like I’d never ever get to see Sleater-Kinney live. I belatedly got into them via ‘The Woods’ just before they split. Then, when they announced the comeback, despite loving ‘No Cities …’ I kind of figured that there would be…

Gig #3 (2020) – Ideas for a New Scotland

Julian Cope / Keeley Forsyth – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – Saturday 15th February 2020 Julian’s new album ‘Self Civil War’ gave him an excuse to get out on the road again for his first UK tour in 3 years with two sell-out shows in Scotland over Valentine’s weekend. As ever, the show was a mix…

2020 Gig #2 – Anticipation of What? – Wire live

I confess that I approached this show with a little trepidation since two of the three Silver/Lead era Wire shows in Scotland had been less than stellar principally due to a poor sound. New LP ‘Mind Hive’ though raised expectations, perhaps a dangerous place to be … I needn’t have worried – this was definitely…