Review: Laura Gibson

Laura Gibson is an internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Oregon, who is currently riding the crest of a wave following the success of her sixth album, Goners, which was released towards the end of last year. To keep the momentum going, Laura Gibson recently embarked on an extensive tour of Europe and the USA, which brought her to Glasgow’s intimate Hug and Pint venue on 28th February. Gibson capitalised on the intimacy of the space by engaging the audience directly with her warmth and dry wit. For the UK and Ireland leg of this tour, Laura Gibson played solo, producing delicately stripped-back versions of her beautifully-crafted songs, alternating between a rich-toned Spanish acoustic guitar and a mini-piano, with the intricate arrangements found on her recordings suggested by occasional use of atmospheric loops.

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Review: Graham Costello’s STRATA

The music of Graham Costello’s STRATA is a bold, innovative and multi-layered thing of wonder, combining the polyrhythms, collective groove and improvisation of jazz, the raw energy and grit of post-rock and the ethereal and hypnotic qualities of minimalism. The band is drawn from the cream of Glasgow’s positively thriving jazz scene and comprises drummer, composer and bandleader Graham Costello, Fergus McCreadie on piano, trombonist Liam Shortall, Harry Weir on tenor sax, guitarist Joe Williamson and Mark Hendry on bass.

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Review: Rachel Sermanni & Jarlath Henderson with Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Celtic Connections 2019

Celtic Connections has an excellent track record of conjuring up inspired and intriguing double bills and this one, at Glasgow City Halls on 25th January, was no exception. It featured two of Scottish music’s most distinctive artists in Rachel Sermanni, the captivating ‘folk noir’ singer-songwriter from Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands (currently based in Edinburgh), and Jarlath Henderson, the charismatic multi-instrumentalist and innovative interpreter of traditional songs from County Armagh in Northern Ireland (currently based in Glasgow, where he is also a hospital doctor).

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Review: You Tell Me – You Tell Me

You Tell Me is an inspired collaboration between Peter Brewis (one half of Field Music) and Sarah Hayes (solo artist and member of Admiral Fallow). The pair met in 2017 when appearing in an Emma Pollock-curated celebration of the music of Kate Bush. Hayes and Brewis soon struck up a friendship, discovering some shared musical tastes, and so the seeds of a new band were sown.

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