The 6 Music Festival, reminiscent of the sadly-gone Triptych Festival, took its great programming to the Tramway on Sunday 26th March for an afternoon of folk ballads, Congolese rhythms, retro guitar riffs and the dulcet Father John Misty on one of Glasgow’s most deceptively sundrenched days. The festival vibe was there, with many suffering from the previous night’s Optimo and back on it again with Drygate IPAs, shades and ‘taps aff.’
Arriving in time for James Yorkston, Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Kahn I caught this wonderful folky revive, which looked precisely what was sought after this Sunday, looking around the room. A beautifully multicultural collaboration of guitar, double bass and sarangi, the trio were indeed “a peach” as they played music from their new album, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars.
American, Jesca Hoop, classically attired with cardigan and tartan, and an electric guitar the artist treated us to more than just melancholic folk. Jessica “Jesca” Ada Hoop is a singer-songwriter and guitarist, who has released five albums, two EPs, and a collection of acoustic songs. City Bird, raw, hauntingly raw, poignant, strikes a chord.
King Creosote followed this stunning set, without the comfort of his full band, stripped down to just Andy Robertson on bongos and Des Lawson on keyboard. Playing tracks from his most recent album Astronaut Meets Appleman, this lo-fi affair is ideal for this intimate setting, soothing the hangovers in Glasgow’s south-side.
Baloji, a Belgian rapper with Congolese roots certainly made this festival feel like one, coinciding with the blazing sunshine outside. With a full band behind him, calypso influences and African rhythms, Baloji opened up the Tramway 1’s dancefloor.
The Wedding Present moved it up a notch with some classic indie rock and roll. Clad in black Ts and jeans, tattoos riffs and retro guitars David Gedge, Danielle and the rest inspired the crowd to shake their hangovers from the Saturday’s Optimo with tracks like Kennedy.
And last but not least was the enigmatic, charismatic, Father John Misty, who sat in conversation with Lauren Laverne prior to performance as though we were audience to a Jools Holland. Sadly, the sound did not travel to the back of the room and we were eager to hear the “best pop song you’re gonna hear all weekend.” Joshua Michael “Josh” Tillman, known to us as Father John Misty, as well as maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, he is also a former member of indie rock bands Saxon Shore, Fleet Foxes and Har Mar Superstar to name a few. However steady and consistently good, he did not hold the attention of the masses as even tracks such as Ballad of the Dying Man were background to a wonderful day in the sun.
Photos courtesy of Tricia Yourkevich and Alan Peebles.