Out Lines, supported by the charismatic Hamish Hawk, took themselves to Glasgow’s stunning venue, St Luke’s, as part of Celtic Connections to highlight what the trio have been working away on. After the release of There Is A Saved Place, and then the acclaimed album Conflats it was a real privilege to witness James Graham, Marcus Mackay and Kathryn Joseph in action, live at this stunning venue, performing renditions of melancholic, soul-searching tracks.
Commissioned by Easterhouse’s Platform arts centre, Out Lines is a unique collaborative project that saw The Twilight Sad’s James Graham, together with SAY Award-winner Kathryn Joseph, renowned for her Bones You Have Thrown Me, and Blood I Have Spilled record, working with producer Marcus Mackay. The idea was that they would turn local residents’ first-hand stories into tracks, although it was clear from the evening that there were other things going on with James performing a track from Joseph’s award-winning album, and Kathryn equally doing so with a Twilight Sad single. Not only that, but we as the crowd, were also treated to a cover of ABBA’s Lay All Your Love on Me.
Following their première Platform performance, the album Conflats – a harrowing and tragic album, which has some celebratory moments also – was released in October, a powerful piece of work, which evokes the stories from Easterhouse, and they presented them stunningly to their audience as part of the festival.
Hamish Hawk performed a few of his wonderfully lyrical tracks including a personal favourite, Golden Acre, whilst playing both guitar and the harmonica, captivating to the audience, who applauded him immensely after his support slot. He certainly warmed up the crowd in preparation for the trio who started off a tad disappointingly (which mostly came from the sound of the venue) but built it up to conclude a stunning night of music. My personal highlight was not only their performance of ABBA’s single but their intense playing of There Is A Saved Place, which has a reinforced dark element from Graham’s monotone speaking vocal.
A wonderfully inspiring gig, which very much dotes upon the talents of Kathryn Joseph. Bringing together her wondrous vocals and song-writing with the more gritty James Graham and then reinforced with the marvellous production of Mackay, it’s a Celtic Connections gig for the memory bank.
Photo courtesy of David Gourley.