Saturday 2 September 2017

Snacks, drinks and chatter when we get home after the show

WE have a lazy morning – I drive to the village to post of some merch orders –then we take Lucy a walk up the lochside.

On the way back we stop in at Betty and Joe’s for a coffee before wandering home, packing the car and making our way to Edinburgh for a 4pm load-in at Sneaky Petes.

Soundman Ross takes us both through soundchecks and there’s time to grab some grub from a place along the road…Lucy enjoys her veggie haggis wrap. Margaret and I have pulled beef tacos. All good πŸ™‚

Doors open at 7pm and it;s nice to see some familiar faces…Lucy’s godmother and her partner gave driven up form Lancashire to surprise her and we have a nice wee crowd in. Lucy plays another spectacular set and we resolve to do a show together at our local village hall next time she comes to Scotland.

The winner of my Facebook giveaway for guesties, special edition Dave Arcari whisky from Glengoyne and vinyl test pressings is in for the show and picks up her winnings after the show.

There’s time to chat with folks at the merch table after the show then we load out and are home just after midnight.

Snacks, drinks and chat follow and before we know it it’s after 4am. Another grand night πŸ˜‰

Lucy plays another killer set…

…then I hit the stage

With Laura Dewar – winner of my tickets/whisky/test pressing giveaway on Facebook – after the show.


Friday 1 September 2017

Lucy opens the Glasgow with an awesome set…everyone loves her πŸ™‚

RELEASE day for Live at Memorial Hall!

I get a bunch of stuff done online and pack up a bunch or orders that have come in before we need to head into Glasgow to meet Lucy who’s opening the shows tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday).

Elvis at Kelvingrove

Lucy’s train from London gets into Central at 1pm and we get there just in time then hit Slouch for some lunch.

We have a whistle-stop tour of Glasgow taking in Kelvingrove Art Galleries and the People’s Palace then get to Broadcast to load in just before 5pm.

Sound man Max is ready and waiting for us and the sound checks go smoothly leaving us time to go to Nanakusa next door for some grub before doors open at 7pm.

Lucy kicks things of just before 8pm and plays an absolutely fantastic set. Everyone loves her πŸ™‚

I’m on at 9pm and hit it hard as I can – fuelled by plenty of whisky from the crowd – for 75 minutes or so. The 10.30pm curfew means we don’t have much time to chat with folks after the show and it;s a bit of scutter trying to sign merch and get our gear packed up. ile putting the music world to rights. Great day and night πŸ™‚

I have a blast for 75-minutes at Broadcast…pic courtesy Alistair Mulhearn Photography.

Wednesday 24 May 2017

A good night at the SAY Awards longlist announcement

WE BOTH hit Glasgow early.

I make my usual stop at McDonalds for coffee and wifi and get a bunch of stuff done, including getting the four track Live EP up on Bandcamp.

We’re also delighted that our pal, London-based singer/songwriter Lucy Zirins will be my special guest opening the Glasgow show at Broadcast on Friday 1 September and Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, on Saturday 2 September.

I get Facebook events set up for the two shows and get the ball rolling on spreading the word.

I have mail to pick up in the centre of town so park up at the People’s Palace and enjoy a walk through Glasgow Green. I check out a few things int he city centre, pick the mail, deal with some other and pick up a wrap and walk back. Just as I get tot he car a huge bird shite lands on my left leg, Uuuurgh, Luckily the People’s Palace toilets have hot water!

I eat my wrap then go to pick up Margaret via Tiso’s where I get some advice on walking footwear. My walking boots have soles in both soles and are pretty worn – they were a bargain a year or so ago at about Β£60 but even so, I’m surprised the soles have worn so fast. The assistant in Tiso’s confirms my thoughts that the wear is down to the amount of walking on tarmac and we come to the conclusion that a shoe with a sole more suited to tarmac, trails and paths might be a better choice. I can always get a new pair of boots later on for the more serious hill walking.

Downside is, as usual, we’re skint! I get Margaret and she’s adamant we should go back to Tiso;s and get the shoes, so that’s what we do. Then we pick up some shopping and make our way to the O2 ABC for the Scottish Album of the Year longlist announcement. IT;s a good event and there’s a load of folks we know. Nice to catch up. The live music from Steve Mason, Admiral Fallow and Mungo’s Hi-Fi is disappointing. We like all three and were looking forward to seeing them, but the performances are lacklustre and lacking in any dynamic…we hang around for the longlist announcement and listen to a bit of Mungo’s Hi-Fi’s DJ set then head for home.