Rais­ing a Glas to the Great Scots

Singer It’ll be an hon­our to take part in spe­cial night

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Mickey McMona­gle

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

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