Monthly Archives: February 2012

Chloe Latimer ★★

G2, Glasgow
18/02/12

Chloe Latimer

Supporting:
Model Jet Pilot
Waiting For Go
Sonny Marvello

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Performing only her second ever gig, Chloe Latimer took to the stage on Saturday night to an eager awaiting crowd.
The 15 year old singer songwriter from Clydebank performed a mix of both original songs, including “Home” and some cover versions  such as the Bonnie Raitt hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” and a great acoustic version of  “Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus before ending the set with a unique Ed Sheeran medley, including hits such as “A Team”.

The atmosphere really hightened towards the end of the set, and despite her young age and lack of experience with live performances, Chloe appeared incredibly confident and really seemed to enjoy performing in front of an audience.

Saturdays gig made it evident that she has great potential, and after being chosen to support Nina Nesbitt at her gig in King Tuts in May, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from her very soon!
It was a good gig and she already has a a really great fanbase, go check out her music!

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Dirty Sally + Supporting Acts ★★★

The Bay, Glasgow
09/02/12 

Supporting Acts:

aLCATRAZkIDz – 8.30- 9.00pm
The Nice – 9.15 – 9.45 pm
Daniel Docherty  – 10 – 10.30pm

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Opening last nights gig was Graham Kerr a.k.a AlcatrazKids. The singer/songwriter from Paisley performed a 30 minute set with original songs including “The Voice Inside” and “The Wheels Are Turning”. Playing acoustically with a guitar, many of his songs seemed to be quite popular, with the catchy lyrics allowing some of the audience to clap along throughout most of his set. The second last song, “Agent 45”, along with his great stage presence, created an upbeat atmosphere which successfully set the crowd up for the rest of the nights performances. I would really like to hear more of his music in the future.

Next up were The Nice. A three piece glasgow band, consisting of two guitarist and a drummer. Playing a series of their original songs, the band seemed to really enjoy playing live music. A bit more interaction with the audience and an introduction to their songs would have been good however they performed well throughout their 30 minute set, and with a bit more confidence, they will be sure to improve.

The final supporting act of the night was Daniel Docherty. Having last reviewed his gig in November (you can read the review here) ,I was eager to see how successful he would be performing to an over 18s crowd. Equipped with a guitar and an army of fans, the young singer/songwriter performed a 30 minute set consisting of mainly original songs.  “Ghosts” and ” Society Is Your Problem Now”, clearly showed off his great songwriting skills along with his ability to capture the audience with his stage presence. “Busking” was evidently one of the more popular songs of the night, after a short anecdote about the song, explained that each verse was a true scenario that he faced during his time busking around the UK which provided the crowds with a great singalong and a lot of laughs. And after successfully getting the crowd hyped, despite a few minor technical problems, Daniel ended the night with “A Fighting Mind” before leaving the stage to a huge applause.
His own headlining gig is long overdue however, with an EP promised to be released within the upcoming months, we can only expect greater things to come from him.

And finally, Dirty Sally took to the stage to open their headlining set with original song “O.M.G”. The three piece unsigned glasgow band performed a series of songs including “Lightening” and their popular hit ” Is Everything Gonna Be Alright” to a packed, very enthusiastic crowd.  Having seen this band perform twice previously, I feel that during last nights performance, it was evident that the band had really grew in confidence and seemed to enjoy performing to a larger crowd. I really hope to see more from them in the future. I’d Advise everyone to go check them out!

   


Big Country ★★★

Barrowlands, Glasgow
07/02/12

Supporting Act:
GUN

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Ok so firstly, due to the fog, and my mums reckless driving , I missed the supporting act.
However, I arrived just in time to see Big Country wow the crowds once again at The Barrowlands.

The scottish rock band, who first formed in 1981, appeared on stage at 9pm, to the loud cheers and cries from many of the crowd. Having first performed at the Barrowlands in 1983 for a Hogmanay gig, they returned once again to welcome the Glasgow crowd. Despite there being a clear “bittersweet” atmosphere as the band first appeared onstage, due to the loss of frontman, Stuart Adamson, the band, which now includes Mike Peters performing vocals, were warmly welcomed onstage and the night kicked off with opening songs such as “Angle Park ” and “East of Eden”.
Celebrating 30 years since their debut record, ” The Crossing” was released, the band continued on to perform clearly popular hits including “Another Country” and their newest song,  “Balcony”.

With cheers of “Here We Go”, from many of the crowd, it was evident that there was a sense of old friends being reunited. Everything seemed so familiar to them, and with almost all of the crowd simultaneously singing along to every word thorough out their set, a great buzzing atmosphere was successfully created and it seemed that I could well have been the only person experiencing Big Country live for the first time that night.

Many more, clearly popular hits, were performed including “The Crossing”  ,”Restless Natives” and “Inwards”, before Mike Peters stepped into the middle of the crowd to perform “Chance”, encouraging everyone within the room to singalong. Thus created a clear sense of nostalgia as the band, along with their army of middle-aged  fans ,were once again reconnected within the Barrowland ballroom. And it was nothing less than magical.

The crowd once again went wild as “1000 stars”, “Harvest Home” and “Fields of Fire” were performed before the band thanked the crowd and ended their 95 minute set.
However, It didn’t take long before they returned once again to dedicate a cover of Smokey Robinson’s hit,  “Tracks Of My Tears” to the crowd before continuing on to perform “Look Away” &  finally, “Wonderland ” before they left the stage to the cheers and upmost respect from the crowd.

It was an overall really great gig and it was fantastic to see an older band perform with so much enthusiasm and passion.
And, I must mention that Mark Brzezicki was at his outstanding best on the night.

Big Country Ticket Big Country


Kina Grannis + Imaginary Friend ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow 
02/02/12

Supporting Act:
Imaginary Friend
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King Tuts has always been my one of my favourite venues due to the amazing sound quality, and last nights gig was no exception.
The only supporting act of the night was a young, acoustic singer/songwriter by the name of “Imaginary Friend”. The 30 minute set consisted of songs from his most recent EP, including Chasing Ghosts and his newest song, Fire Escape. The clearly talented songwriter had the audience in awe throughout most of his performance, with his effortless vocals and relateable song lyrics that created a very calming atmosphere throughout most of the room. After explaining it was only his first time in Scotland, Imaginary friend performed a really great acoustic cover of the Frank Sinatra hit, “Fly Me To The Moon” which allowed many of the crowd to quietly sing along. The final song performed was “I Knew This Would Be Love” before he then thanked the crowd and left the stage. This guy has a real raw talent and his laid back performance was really refreshing. He also had a great stage presence, making many of the crowd laugh several times throughout his set.

Next up was Kina Grannis to perform the second date in her latest tour for the release of her newest album, “Stairwells”. Opening songs, “The One You Say Goodnight To” and “Cambridge”  were a great choice, with so many of the crowd singing and clapping along, helping to create an overall cheerful, relaxing atmosphere.  An amazing acoustic cover of  “Oops I did It Again” by Britney Spears was a clear hit with the crowd, and by providing personal anecdotes about many of her songs, she had the majority of the audience hanging off her every word.  Following on in the 60 minute set, a few more original songs were performed, including “In Your Arms”, “This Far” and “Heart In Mind”. And despite forgetting the words at one point, the audience simply laughed and cheered as Grannis continued onto the chorus. Finally “Valentine” and “The Goldfish Song” were also performed towards the end of the set before the final song  “Message From Your Heart” was sung, which Grannis explained, was written in 2007, at the beginning of her career. And by unplugging the guitar and stepping, barefoot, away from the mic, she successfully had the entire room in complete awe throughout the song. It was  really electrifying and very refreshing to hear the japanese/american guitarist step out of her shyness ,that was seen during the beginning of her performance, to finally perform in her element and really enjoy herself.

After leaving the stage with cheers from the audience, Grannis returned once again to perform an encore consisting of a clearly popular song, “It’s Love” before bringing Imaginary friend back on stage to perform a cover of “Fix You” by Coldplay, along with Keith Tutt II, the backing vocalist on the night. The three musicians are clearly very talented and have an evident passion for both their music and performing. It was a really great night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves throughout the entire gig.