Tag Archives: Singer Songwriter

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.

 


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.


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.


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!


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!

   


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.

  


Tragic O’Hara ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
King Tuts New Years Revolution
06/01/12

 

Having recently been mentioned on Clyde 1 radio as “One to watch for in 2012”, there were high expectations for this free gig.
As part of the King Tuts New Year Revolution, Tragic O’Hara performed a 30 minute set in the bar consisting of original songs including  “Out of My hands”,  which helped to highlight what a talented songwriter this guy is and his guitar skills ,along with the harmonica, were nothing short of impressive.
A great atmosphere was created within the crowd with an intro to the story behind the lyrics of a recent song titled “Thick as Thieves” , Tragic O’Hara really knows how to entertain.
A large crowd started to gather during the end of the set, therefore having the performance on the main stage upstairs,would have been preferred
However it was an overall great gig!

Go check him out!

Apologies for the poor picture


The Modests ★★★

George Square, Glasgow
WinterFest
02/01/2012

There has recently been a lot of hype surrounding this band and their free gig in George Square earlier this week soon made it clear as to why.
This four piece glaswegian band performed a 30 minute set consisting of many original songs.  Songs such as “P.s The World” and ” I need your help” were certain crowd pleasers and a great cover of the Elvis Presley hit, “Heartbreak Hotel” was performed towards the end of the set.
Better sound quality would have improved the gig, as it was difficult to hear the lead singer at certain times during the performance.
But it was an overall good wee gig.

Looking forward to hearing more of them in the future.


Waiting For Go ★★★★

Oran Mor, Glasgow

Supporting The Imagineers
26/12/11


I hadn’t heard much from this 5 piece Glaswegian band but I was nothing short of impressed with their 30 minute set this week.

Full of energy and enthusiasm, the band performed many of their original songs including “Stay” and “On the Dancefloor” which many of the crowd, filled with their friends and family, already knew all the words to. This created a great atmosphere throughout the room and the crowd were buzzing.

Great guitar skills could be seen from 1 of 3 guitarists within the band Jack McDade and the very enthusiastic lead singer, Jordan Butler, even carried out an amateur crowd surf.
This band are clearly very passionate about their music and I really hope to hear more from them in the future.
Go check them out!


Steve Poltz ★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
Supporting Glenn Tilbrook
26/11/11

This singer/songwriter is by far the happiest guy I have ever seen in my life. His very distinctive songs are so full of fun ,the audience was left in total awe and laughter throughout his 30 minute performance this week. Such an inspiring songwriter.

Would love to see him live again soon!