Michael Cassidy, Sinny, Byres View at Tut’s, 17/2/17

First support slot tonight comes from Paisley compatriots and Vedder/Clyro inspired Byres View and an energetic and frantic short set promises a great deal to come from the four-piece in the future.

And warming the audience up for the main event is Glasgow singer/songwriter Sinny, fresh from a recent EP launch at Nice n Sleazy’s, she is accompanied by her sibling Sean on drums and Chris on guitar.

Overcoming a technical mishap with aplomb one song in, the trio captivates the crowd with accomplished musicianship and preciseness in delivery; Sinny combine a beautifully layered vocal style with richly crafted songs.

Performing two songs from her Constant Dreaming EP in ‘End of the Line’ – the set opener – and’ In My Mind’, she finishes her five song set with a new song called ‘Look Who’s Crying Now’.

Sinny’s music is born of lush melodies, soaring vocals and a soulful groove reminiscent of many from the soul/pop genre, but her potent combination of lyrical punctuation and vocal timbre sets her aside from many of her contemporaries; Sinny is fast becoming a must see on the Scottish musical circuit.

Resplendent with a full band comprising keys, drums, guitar and bass, Michael Cassidy partners his distinctive vocal with a wonderfully warm and full sounding set familiar to most in the audience gathered at Tut’s tonight.

Having caught Cassidy a few times before as a solo acoustic act, it was a real treat to hear some of the old familiar songs delivered as they appear on his beautiful 2015 album My Electric Heart and with a welcome mix of newer and less familiar songs – to me anyway – in an Americana, and at times an unashamedly alt country style such as the fingerpicking on ‘Death of a Stargazer’ and the tender ballad of ‘These Hands’, Cassidy and his band mould a mood in the room of warm appreciation.

An extremely tight performance from all involved and a fit that looks long established, the sound compliments the general feel in the room from a very appreciative audience.

Perhaps an unintentional nod to his fellow Paisley buddy Gerry Rafferty in the lyric and melody in ‘The Road’ and his fellow Scots/Americana alt rockers Del Amitri in ‘The Good Ship’, the set is packed full of gems and Cassidy choses two songs to return to and focus on as a solo performance in ‘Sky Covered Blue’ and ‘Everybody’s Scared’.

A brief acknowledgment to his sister Sarah who is emigrating to Australia, Cassidy goes on to apologise for playing “possibly the most depressing song in the set”; we are sure Sarah will approve and has forgiven you Michael.

A set full of genuinely crafted melody and lyrics, a distinctive vocal and engaging style, and a talented band of individuals, Cassidy delivers a diverse and engaging set and a most memorable night.

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Words: Bobby Motherwell
Photos: Paul Storr

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