Raising a Glas to the Great Scots
Singer It’ll be an honour to take part in special night
Glasvegas will perform a special acoustic set to open the Sunday Mail Great Scot Awards.
The internationally renowned band are working on their fourth album but frontman James Allan and his cousin Rober t , the group’s guitarist, will take time out from the studio to play for our nominees and VIPs in Glasgow later this month.
The boys very rarely perform as a duo so it’s a great opportunity for fans to see the band in this form. They famously delivered a memorable show as a two-piece in the Hol lywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles in 2009.
James said: “When me and Rab play together, that’s how we started in his ma’s house, myy auntie Roberta, so I will probabl y hea r her shouting, ‘Keep the noise down and get to your beds’, in my head.
“Me and him, and the band too, have a weird musical telepathy thing and, even when not on stage, if someone is in a bad moodd or not happy, you don’t evenn need to hear them say it, youu feel it and give them space.
“It’s a telepathic thing.g. You can move between each h other in a way that doesn’t ’t seem to break momentum.
“It’s the same with us whenen n we sing and play together – we e know each other’s mistakes, es, , flaws and also power.
“It’s always different when en n you take away the bass and ndd drums and strip back the company. There’s a different raw expression because it’s more bare.
“Our music, the words, it can probably still be heavy but in a different way to when it’s the band.
“There’s a different power to it. It’s certainly no less powerful.”
James is no stranger to the Great Scots, having attended as a guest in the past. He even rushed to the end of last year’s event – straight off a flight from New York.
He said: “We are looking forward to it. It’ll be a special night. There is much more meaning behind this than some music awards.ds It’s theth people involved.
“I’m happy and honoured to have the chance to actually do anything or even be there in any way.
“I feel lucky to be part of it – anything I can do to help make it special or enjoyable, it’s an honour tot beb ablebl tot givegi somethingsthig and d to add to the experience.
“It feels amazing to just be there showing our support. If that makes a difference to anyone, then I am a lucky guy.
“The winners are amazing – they’reth wee souls. I remember I waswa there last year, I came in quite latelat and I was talking to a wee boy andan his dad.
“The Great Scots are just specialsp human beings and it’s a beautifulb thing.
“Sometimes with the thing I do I’m in The Cave (the band’s writing andan rehearsal space) and we don’t seese each other often, no one does.
“Even in a simple way, the chancech to meet these amazing people is incredible, not only because of the circumstances but it’s lovely to get that human connection with special people. I can’t wait.” For more informat ion, go to www.greatscotawards.co.uk.
EXCITED James and Robert plan to put on a special show for nominees and VIPs. Right, with rest of band