Fall into the sounds of au­tumn

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - BOOKSHELF -

The clocks go back this week­end, which means sum­mer is of­fi­cially over. But why cling to last sea­son when au­tumn has so many strato­spheric sounds ahead for the longer nights? After a re­cent trip to the stun­ning Outer He­brides, I’ve been in­spired to re­visit tra­di­tional Scots mu­sic and roots com­mu­nity events, which have an es­tab­lished fol­low­ing in the Gran­ite City. At the Blue Lamp, Paddy Buchanan, Dr Claire Hawes, Craig Spink and Davy Cat­tanach show­cased self-writ­ten work in­spired by Unesco-recog­nised 15th Cen­tury burgh me­dieval records, along with re­worked tra­di­tional Scot­tish and Gaelic songs. A his­toric, cul­tural event with rap­tur­ous ren­di­tions in­clud­ing an open mic spot.

From an­cient preser­va­tion to a modern muse, peo­ple’s punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke brought avant garde in­die to the Tivoli Theatre. The Sal­ford Bard told tales with witty repar­tee and mu­sic, shar­ing his life’s wis­dom and in­sight­ful ob­ser­va­tions re­veal­ing his au­da­cious in­ner di­a­logue.

Out at Bal­later, the Casino Chips Blues Band rocked the Royal Dee­side town with their jew­els of blues jams and rhythm. This fan­tas­tic band are a tight set of mu­si­cians who bring au­then­tic sounds to de­lighted crowds wher­ever they go, and the good times rolled. The per­for­mance was part of com­mu­nity event Fall Fest, which fea­tured ac­tiv­i­ties along­side en­ter­tain­ment ben­e­fit­ting lo­cal char­i­ties.

Kapil Se­shasayee is one of the most talked-about new artists of the mo­ment and re­cently brought his full band to The

Cel­lar on Rose­mount Viaduct. The In­dian clas­si­cal/art rock artist from Glas­gow brought a sound­scape of dreamy elec­tro pop with emo­tive, mes­meris­ing vo­cals to the in­ti­mate venue. A blast of imag­i­na­tive, stir­ring cre­ativ­ity with ex­per­i­men­tal sounds made an ex­cel­lent night of mu­si­cal en­light­en­ment. A fan­tas­tic live ex­pe­ri­ence.

From cos­mic sounds to The Cult, who rocked the Mu­sic Hall re­cently. The al­ter­na­tive Bri­tish rock le­gends’ sen­sa­tional back cat­a­logue was blasted live and loud to the crowd, who loved the power and ex­plo­sive en­ergy from this iconic band. From the hyp­notic, psychedeli­c in­tro of the global smash She Sells Sanc­tu­ary to soul-stir­ring bal­lads, the spell­bound crowd were trans­ported to a Sonic Tem­ple in the Sil­ver City.

• Marie.q.mu­[email protected]


Oct 26: Holis­tics/New Kings/Cherry Bleach, Cap­tain Tom’s

Oct 26: Jas­mine Minks/Sid Oza­lid/Vapour Trails, Kraka­toa

Oct 27: Sound Fes­ti­val – Jazz on a Sun­day af­ter­noon, The Blue Lamp

Oct 27: Sis­ter Sledge, The Mu­sic Hall

Nov 1: Hal­loween Ceilidh, The Blue Lamp

Don’t miss next week’s your life for colum­nist Dougie Burns’ take on the north mu­sic scene

Peo­ple’s Poet Dr John Cooper Clarke.

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