Fall into the sounds of autumn
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.
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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.