Robert in lockdown – June 17

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Monday, in the immortal words of the late Arthur Montford, was another disaster for Scotland.

I opened my bedroom curtains in the morning full of optimism and was greeted by a car driving down my street flying saltires out each back window and blaring ‘Yes Sir, I can Boogie’.

I closed my curtains in the evening with that all too familiar sense of glorious failure. I write this article, however, in the eternal hope we’ll achieve the impossible by turning it around by beating England and Croatia in the coming days.

Despite Scotland getting off to a disappointing start, it wasn’t all doom and gloom for me over the last seven days because Tide Lines announced two of our first live gigs since March 2020.

One of them is directly related to the football. We will be playing at the Euro Fanzone on Glasgow Green on Thursday June 24. My complete lack of footballing talent meant I was never likely to be selected for Steve Clarke’s Scotland squad this year but at least this fanzone gig means I can tell people I ‘played’ at the Euros!

To be part of such a big event would be exciting at the best of times but my anticipation is increased ten-fold given this will be our first live performance in about a year-and-a- half.

Also playing that evening are the Kinnaris Quintet and Breabach, two incredible bands who I am sure will be equally excited to get back on stage. Musicians tend to be sociable people and most agree meeting up with other bands on the same gig line-up is always one of the most enjoyable parts of the job.

Having been denied this opportunity for so long, it will be great to catch up with everyone again and I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the boom period for the music industry that I spoke about in this article previously.

Obviously, strict social distancing will be in place and people rightly still have to be careful but it will nevertheless be great to be back to doing what we love doing.

We also have a similarly socially-distanced gig as part of the Edinburgh International Festival on Monday August 9.

As with the Euros, to play at such an internationally renowned event would always be an honour but, on top of this, these gigs feel like a significant step forward for the industry returning to at least some form of normality.

I can only hope, with the vaccine still being rolled out at a fast rate – I am due my first jag this week – that some day soon we will be back out on the road with a full calendar of gigs.

That is all in the future though. The immediate priority has to be getting back behind the Scotland boys and hoping for an unlikely result against the auld enemy on Friday!