Glasgow Letter – October 14, 2021

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What a night we had in Kelvingrove Bandstand last Friday.

As I wrote last week, I used to peer over the railings into the bandstand (which was derelict back then) and wonder what a gig would look like in there.

Well now I know.

The darkness of the October night – and the depth of colour of the autumn trees of the park which were lit up – provided an atmosphere that just would not have been the same had the gig gone ahead on its previously scheduled dates in the summer. More importantly, it was unseasonably warm and there was only a short spit of rain at one point.

The 2,300 strong audience were in great voice and I was getting messages from pals who were not at the gig but lived nearby saying they were listening from their living rooms. I’ll be in touch with them all individually to charge them for a ticket!

I was grateful to get my dinner finished in time to sneak out the front and hear a few songs by the amazing Tamzene who started the night off.

In the chorus of one of her songs, there are a few very high notes which she sings in falsetto – a very difficult skill for a singer to pitch properly. In the first chorus, she hit these notes perfectly and I turned to Gus (our drummer) and said: “goodness me, she absolutely nailed that!”

My inference was almost that the notes had been hit so perfectly it must have been luck. The next half dozen choruses proved it to be nothing of the sort as Tamzene hit these notes right in the middle every time. It was like listening to a record.

After her set, Keir Gibson came onstage with his band and the addition of drums and keys really got the crowd going. Keir’s songs all seem to have great pop hooks in them, meaning you can easily sing along with them even if only hearing them for the first time. It was great to have two Highland acts involved in the show.

We’re now massively looking forward to our next show in Glasgow which takes place on the March 12 next year, with general tickets going on sale from our website tomorrow, Friday.

We decided the most effective way to announce this show was from the stage of Kelvingrove. This made me a little nervous, so I was pacing up and down backstage going through the details in my head to ensure I didn’t announce the wrong venue or the wrong date!

As I was doing this, a voice said: “that sounds like it will be a good show!” It turns out I had been muttering my announcement out loud without even realising. Thankfully, I managed to get the information out correctly onstage so hopefully everyone will turn up at the right place next March.

With Peat and Diesel playing the Barrowlands last weekend, and Skipinnish in there this Friday, it’s been quite a fortnight for Highland music in Glasgow!