Tag Archives: Songwriter

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!

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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.


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.

  


Little Eye + Supporting Acts ★★★★

King Tuts, Glasgow
26/01/12

Supporting Acts:

The Alter-Natives
Waiting For Go 
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The first act on stage were a 4 piece indie/rock band named “The Alter-Natives”. Their 30 minute set consisted of many original songs including their newest single ” Mistakes Don’t Understate” which proved to be a great hit with the crowd, helped by the catchy, relatable lyrics. A good cover of “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters was also performed during the set which enabled many of the crowd to sing along, creating a good atmosphere within the room. With this being one of the bands first gigs, it was evident that they lacked confidence on the night however with a bit more experience, I’m certain they will improve greatly.

Next up was a 5 piece Indie/Rock Glaswegian band named “Waiting For Go”. Having previously seen them perform in December ( read the review here ) , I was eager to see if the band would maintain their great enthusiasm that was evident in their last performance. And I was nothing short of impressed. The band appeared on stage to open their 30 minute set with original songs such as “Conflicted Hearts” and “Stay”. These were clearly a huge crowd pleaser with so many people singing and dancing along to every song. A great atmosphere was present throughout the room, as the band performed further songs including ” What’s It Gonna Be”, “Believe Me” and the ever popular, “On The DanceFloor”. Chants of “Here we f*cking go” were screamed aloud by the crowd before the band introduced their newest single “Let Go” which will be released in March. Sadly there was no crowd surfing this time around, however lead singer, Jordan Butler did wow the crowds by performing the end of the set whilst standing on top on the barrier. The bands passion for music and clear love for performing was evident throughout the set last night, I would have liked to have heard a cover song performed however it was an overall great performance, and they successfully got the crowd hyped for the main act.

Finally, Little Eye were on stage to perform a 60 minute set at the sell out gig. Having previously been voted “Winners of the “Clyde 1 In Demand Band Of The Year” and “Young Scot Best Unsigned Band”, There has been a lot of hyped surrounding them recently and last nights gig made it evident as to why. The 4 piece scottish band performed a series of  original songs including “Can’t Relax” and “Remember Yesterday.” This band have a really great stage presence and created a great atmosphere throughout their performance. And with an album due out in the summer, we can only expect greater things to come from this band in the future.

An overall great gig and I’d really advise everyone to go check them all out !

  

 


Katy Perry ★★★★

SECC , Glasgow
3/11/11

Katy Perry wowed the crowds in Glasgow once again with her fun filled, high energy California Dreams Tour. Despite over 15 outfit changes, numerous video intros, a human slot machine and even an Elvis Presley impersonator throughout this theatrical stage performance, Katy Perry ensured she still had fans hanging off her every word.

Allowing fans on stage to dance along side her, with one lucky boy “ginger boy” even being chosen to kiss katy up on stage. Songs such as “Teenage Dream” and “California Girls” really got the crowd going and “Not Like The Movies” brought out Katys raw acoustic talent.

It was an all standing gig so smaller kids may not have got the best view and I personally would have liked to have heard more acoustic style songs being played ,but all in all the gig was amazing!


Passenger ★★★★★

Nice ‘n’ Sleazys, Glasgow

20/10/11

Wow. Just Wow.

Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) gave an outstanding performance during his 45 minute set consisting of mainly all original songs. His raw talent and effortless sense of humour both within his songs and whilst talking to the audience created nothing less than a fantastic night. Songs such as “Holes” and “Caravan” performed along with a short intro of the story behind the lyrics provided the audience with a small gimpse into his life. This along with the up beat and humour riddled “Hate” song filled the room with laughter and complete awe.

His down to earth personality was again highlighted after the gig with his willingness to sign copies of his most recent album,”Flight of the Crow”, and have pictures taken with fans (Including me! ) confirmes my belief that this guy will be famous. Without a doubt.

Such a great gig, Can’t wait till he’s back in Glasgow.
Everyone go check out his music!

Horrible picture of me but Mike is a babe.