This evening in Tut’s serves as a T-Break warm-up for headliners Medicine Men as well as The Moon Kids, while local acts The Van T’s and Ewan Butler also support.
The Van T’s come stage, first playing ‘Trip’ from their debut EP, and the band all take turns in urging the crowd forward, which spurs them on through a set that’s highlights include ‘Daisy’ and ‘California’.
After a well received and well put together set, it’s obvious The Van T’s are an act who have a great grasp on songwriting and vocal harmonies and many would argue that they should’ve been higher up the bill than they were this evening.
Second up is West Lothian singer-songwriter Ewan Butler playing a solo acoustic set, he has a soulful voice and plays some well crafted songs with several interesting falsetto vocal parts.
Although the Friday night crowd are a little too loud and talkative for the brand of music Butler plays, he’s definitely one to try and catch in a more intimate venue.
The Moon Kids draw the biggest crowd of the night, many of whom appear to have travelled from their native Fife, and play a set which gets the crowd dancing.
The band’s modern take on Britpop is melodic, and they have a big presence on stage, tonight’s performance certainly justifies their inclusion on the lineups for T In The Park and Wickerman this month.
The keyboard player from tonight’s headliners is first on stage, building up an atmospheric synth sound before the rest of the Medicine Men join him to play set-opener ‘Lowlands’.
With musical proficiency from all five members, the real high points of the set are ‘Cuts’n’Corner’ and ’Show What You’re Made Of’, Medicine Men are a band with a swagger about them, with sideburns and bongo-drums galore they put on a tight show, and the reasons for their headlining this evening’s gig became apparent very quickly.
Four very good acts on at Tut’s this evening, and the night proves a good TITP warm-up for the two bands playing Balado next week, while also showing the strength-in-depth of the Scottish music scene.
Words: Neil Hayton
Photos: Neil Donaldson