Category Archives: live review

Kendrick Lamar at The Hydro, 11/2/18

Fresh from his explosive Grammy night performance, Kendrick Lamar brings his DAMN. tour across the Atlantic to a packed-out Hydro. As his music has moved further into the personal-political space of black life in America, it seems reasonable to wonder how well it would translate when transplanted so far from its original context. From the moment Lamar springs … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Out Lines, Hamish Hawk at Saint Lukes, 4/2/17

The final night of Celtic Connections and have they saved the best till last? Hamish Hawk opens the show with a stripped back set, just him and a guitar; a gentle polite set with plenty of audience interaction. The lack of accompaniment exposes the quality of his singing and songwriting to all and it goes down well … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Hazy Recollections at ABC, 4/2/18

Presumably this Year’s Celtic Connections is the most successful yet, but a gig on a Sunday afternoon is what it’s all that about. Hazy Recollections showcases short sets from a number of artists back to back (with no discernible interval) in a chilled out, generally all seated, environment. From a personal point of view a rare appearance … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Beth Orton, Blue Rose Code at ABC, 2/2/18

With Celtic Connections drawing to a close, it’s up to nights like this to really cement the diversity of talent a city-wide festival can attract to its doors. Up first is Edinburgh-raised Ross Wilson, aka Blue Rose Code, kicking things off with fresh cuts from his critically-acclaimed third album, 2017’s The Water of Leith. Flanked by … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: This Is The Kit at ABC, 19/1/18

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Celtic Connections continues to be an integral part of cultural life in Glasgow. In light of Brexit, many of us are starting to feel alienated and detached from our cultural identities, and seek to find a sense of belonging and togetherness. For many, Celtic Connections is a way to cross the … Continue Reading ››

Celtic Connections: Fiskur, Phil Taylor, Zoe Graham at The Hug and Pint, 30/1/18

Zoe Graham is an alt folk singer-songwriter from Glasgow who opens the show with a song about “industrial strength Velcro” - although it seems “industrial strength” may in fact be about people’s personalities with Graham preferring the “softer” side. Graham is very busy on stage where she … Continue Reading ››