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World O’Mind ★★

The Bay , Glasgow
16/03/12

World O’Mind
Supporting Acts

Gareth Croll
Mel McMillan
Franny McKeown

Playing a range of both original songs and cover versions, the 2 piece Glasgow band, World O’Mind , played a 30 minute set at a great wee acoustic venue in the centre of Glasgow.
Their new song “Radio Crash” was a popular hit, with great lyrics that proved to create an upbeat atmosphere from early on in the set. Cover versions included the Kings Of Leon hit “Use Someone” and the ever popular Katy Perry song, “Teenage Dream” which enabled many of the eager crowd to sing along and interact with the performance. With both members performing a solo song within the set, including “All The Kings Horses”,  it didn’t really help with creating an overall understanding of the band as one however a great performance could be seen throughout their most recent song, “All The World To See”, which was my personal favorite, before the night ended with another original song, “Dream World”.
It was an overall good gig, more interaction with the crowd could have improved on the atmosphere at certain points within the performance although great lyrics could be heard within the variety of originals songs.
Would really like to hear more from them in the future.

 

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Laura Marling ★★★

O2 Academy
10/03/12

Supporting Act:
Timbre Timbre

Arriving just in time to see the second supporting act of the night- Timbre Timbre. The 30 minute set, accompanied by a guitar, consisted of all original songs performed acoustically.  It was nothing too exciting but created a nice atmosphere before Laura Marling took to the stage.
The indie folk artist arrived on stage ,along with her band,  to perform a selection of hits from her 3 released albums. Songs including “You Know”, “Ghosts” and “Everlasting Love” were all certain crowd pleasers on the night . And her great thought provoking lyrics accompanied by her flawless vocals easily highlighted exactly why Marling has reached global success.
Despite really enjoying the gig, more so when it was simply Laura accompanied by her guitar, the sound quality and 0verall atmosphere of the gig could have been greatly improved by a small, more intimate gig venue.

I would really love to hear her perform live in the future, but with much a smaller crowd number.


The Modests ★★★

03/03/2012
The Classic Grand, Glasgow
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Despite having their Barrowlands gig cancelled at the last minute, The Modests still managed to secure a 30 minute set as part of the Charity Sadowski Fest.
The four piece Glasgow band performed a series of original songs including 07505, which was explain to be titled after the lead singer, Jacksons phone number. P.S The World was also evidently the most popular song of the night, and despite poor sound quality during parts of the set, the band still managed to encourage the crowd throughout their performance. The Elvis cover of ‘Heartbreak Hotel” created a great atmosphere throughout the room and further original songs including “Call The Cops” and “In The Wings” were performed before the band thanked the crowd and left the stage.

A great improvement could be seen from their previous performance at George Square , which can be read here. And with a recent interview in The Evening Times and having secured a whole list of upcoming gigs, this band have clear high hopes and ambitions.
Go check them out!


Tommy Reilly + Supporting Acts ★★★

Captains Rest, Glasgow
28/02/12

Tommy Reilly
Supporting Acts:

Rae Morris
The Deep Dark Woods
Gabriel and the Hounds
Every Genius Delivers

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This was my first time seeing a gig in the Captains Rest, and despite nearly falling down the stairs a few times, it was a really impressive venue with great sound quality throughout the night.
There were 4 overall supporting acts before Tommy Reilly took to the stage, some coming from far out as Canada,  however the one that really caught my attention was 19 year old, Rae Morris who has recently been signed to Atlantic Records.
Arriving onstage, looking slightly nervous, Rae Morris performed the first of many original songs, which instantly captured the awaiting audience. Her flawless, soulful vocals were accompanied by the sound of the piano as she played hits such as’ Day one’ and ‘For You’ before confessing to the crowd that this was only her second time in Glasgow.

The singer-songwriter from Blackpool provided short annicdotes before performing some of the songs which enabled many of the crowd to relate to the very raw lyrics, thus creating a really warming atmosphere throughout the room.
Towards the end of the set, Morris explained that she wanted to give back to fans and was hoping to do so by putting some free tracks online for fans to download, creating an applause from the audience.

This was definetly the first time I have been totally drawn in and left in complete awe throughout a supporting acts performance. Rae Morris seems to be incredibly greatful for the opportunity to play live music around the UK, and this was evident through her performance on stage. I really hope to hear more from her in the future.
And after the 30 minute set, Tommy Reilly took to the stage . The Scottish singer-songwriter, who first recieved a recording contract after winning the tv talent show ‘Orange Unsigned Act’, performed an acoustic set of mainly new, unreleased songs, which provided us with a preview of whats in store for the upcoming album. Songs performed on the night included, ‘Dolminos or Darts’ and ‘Shut My Eyes’ and the ever popular “6 billion people” proved to be a hit with many of the crowd singing and dancing along.

I would have like to hear more songs from the first two albums, and there were some technical difficultes during his performance, however this guy has a clear talent and I really enjoyed the gig.


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.

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