Wednesday 21 March 2018

First up at the Quay Sessions is Annie Booth…

WE’RE off to the BBC’s Quay Sessions this evening, so both of us go into Glasgow early.

I drop Margaret off then go for coffee and spend an few hours on the local community trust website before parking up at the People’s Palace and wandering into town to pick up some mail.

After a quick snack I get a few bits and bobs of shopping then pick up Margaret. We head to Ikea to check out lighting for the new kitchen, wander around a bit then have some grub before parking up at the BBC’s Pacific Quay.

There’s a fair amount of hanging around for the ticket validation.

We elect to stand rather than the go for the rather restrictive seating, grab a couple of glasses of red then the music kicks of with Annie Booth and her band. Nice stuff.

Even better is second act – Albin Lee Meldau from Gothenburg currently enjoying ‘album of the week’ status on Radio 2.

We discuss the evening on the way home. The music from both was good. For me, though, there was very little performance or entertainment beyond the music. It’s all very safe. That’s probably why, we conclude, that Margaret’s numerous efforts to get me on the Quay Sessions over the last year or two have fallen on deaf ears.

…then some nice stuff from Albin Lee Meldau

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Thursday 23 March 2017

Edwyn Collins brings some magic to the BBC Quay Sessions

WE drive into Glasgow early, drop Margaret off, then I take Mikey to the bus station before making my way to Braehead.

I’ve only just got a coffee and the laptop open when an alarm goes off and the place is evacuated due to ‘an incident’. I sit in the car and get some work done, then go back inside and do some work on trying to sell the guitars/amo to finance the live album pressing.

Next job is trying to suss out how to work OBS – the live streaming software I hope to employ on my next Facebook Livestream. It’s not the simplest configuration, but I eventually get some tests done that suggest I’ve nailed it, We’ll see.

I pick up a bean wrap in M&S for lunch then have a walk before picking up Margaret and stopping off at Ikea to kill some time before we go to the BBC for tonight’s Quay Sessions.

We bump into a few folks we know and catch up with my cousin Sharon who’s in charge of proceedings. It;s a special Quay Sessions – not only because Edwyn Collins is playing, but also because the event kicks of the BBC’s 6Music Festival which is happening in Glasgow over the next few days.

Modern Studies kick things off, followed by Anchorsong and then headliner Edwyn Collins to complete a great night of music.

My cousin Sharon welcomes the audience to the BBC Radio Scotland/6 Music Festival Quay Sessions.

Modern Studies kick off the evening

Anchorsong – accompanied by a string quartet for his Quay Sessions set

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Monday 6 June 2016

BBC Scotland studio 3 at Pacific Quay

BBC Scotland studio 3 at Pacific Quay

ANOTHER of these days where we have to try and get (more than) a day’s-worth of work done by 11am before we head off.

Somehow we manage and pull up at BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ in Glasgow and find our guest parking spot which is as close to the entrance as possible. Once checked in at reception, Tanya meets us and takes us to Studio 3 where engineer Malcolm awaits.

Half an hour later I’m set up, soundchecked and we sat down chatting over coffee. A nice surprise when my cousin Sharon pops in to say hello…for the last year or two we’ve been catching each other briefly at events,so it’s great to catch up and lay some plans for a wee get together soon.

Just after 2pm I’m live on the Janice Forsyth Show…two live songs, a nice wee blether and Janice gives Friday’s EP release a good plug along with the upcoming Scottish launch gigs…she’s a great interviewer and makes things comfortable and easy 🙂

The show’s available on the BBC iPlayer here – I kick off 20 minutes 30 seconds in…

We chat for a while afterwards the say cheerio and drop in for a coffee with our pals Maggi and Jon before heading home.

I’ve pretty much finished the B&B website for Emma and Jamie and they pop by for a run through. They’re happy with it all and I get a few bits of info from them to fill in some blanks.

After dinner I pack up a bunch of online merch orders, make the B&B website live then have a dram before bed. An early eye hospital appointment in Glasgow in the morning and a session for STV’s Live at Five show – goes out at 5pm tomorrow (Tuesday) on terrestrial TV in Glasgow and EdinburghFreeview Channel 8, Sky 117, Virgin 159 and on the STV Player (live and ‘watch again)

Nice to guest on Janice Foryth's show...

Nice to guest on Janice Foryth’s show…

...and great to see my cousin Sharon who pops in to say hello :-)

…and great to see my cousin Sharon who pops in to say hello 🙂

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