The Saw Doctors rock the O2
WHILE it is always great to look forward to a gig and experience the build-up of anticipation as the evening approaches, often it is the last-minute, unplanned shows that turn out to be the real gems.
I have always been a massive fan of the Saw Doctors but had never had the opportunity to see them live until last Friday when the opportunity fell into my lap.
Having spent Thursday evening in the company of Anthony Thistlethwaite, saxophonist of the Saw Docs and founding member of The Waterboys who plays on two tracks of our debut Tide Lines album, and having rehearsed with the Tide Lines boys all day on Friday for our album launch at Oban Live the following day, a couple of us managed to make it along to the O2 Academy to see Anto in action with the band.
We arrived just in time to catch their opening number and to see a quiet, mingling audience of 2,500 people instantaneously erupt and turn into a wild and noisy crowd of rock’n’rollers. The electric atmosphere continued as the band and the crowd fed off each other from the first song to the last.
My original plan had been an early night in bed. But it was wonderful to hear songs I have listened to most of my life performed live in what was gen- uinely one of the greatest atmospheres I have ever experienced.
Mull and Iona AGM postponed
THE MULL and Iona AGM has unfortunately been postponed for two weeks - date pending.
Contact themullandiona@ gmail.com for more details or keep an eye on their Facebook page where the rescheduled date will be posted in due course.
Glasgow Islay holds promising AGM
AFTER reading the Glasgow Islay Association’s request for more committee members on social media, I was happy and relieved to read on Facebook last week that their plea was answered.
A post from their official Facebook page read: ‘I am delighted to say that, after a hugely successful AGM last night, we have decided to continue to keep the association alive.
‘A big thank you goes to everyone who has offered help and support, and a massive welcome and thank you to our new committee members. Long may it continue. Also, on behalf of the association, a huge thank you and farewell to our president Janette MacArthur, previous secretary Liz Campbell and treasurer Sheila Loach who, over the past few years, have dedicated a lot of their time and efforts to keep the association going.
Here’s to the next 155 years!’
Friday June 9: Glasgow Skye Association end of session social in the Redhurst Hotel, Giffnock, at 7.30pm. Pub scene Park Bar: Friday June 9: Nicky McMichan. Saturday June 10: Scott Harvey. Sunday June 11: Trail West. Islay Inn: Friday June 9: The Keelies. Saturday June 10: The Raggaels. Sunday June 11: The Calum Macphail (from Hò ro) Duo.
The Saw Doctors created a wonderful atmosphere.