Supported by The Dears frontman, the soulful Murray A. Lightburn, Dan Mangan was given the opportunity to please his loyal fans, and fellow Canadians with a gig in the West End of Glasgow. Following the release of his newest LP, More or Less, which came out late last year, Dan Mangan has been performing solo shows across the UK including Glasgow’s Hug and Pint.
Murray A. Lightburn was first on, performing tracks from the new album, Hear Me Out, which included To The Top. Soulful and controlled he set the bar for the evening. Fusing folk with his stunningly fervent vocals, Lightburn culminated a unique sound, resplendant and stunning, ahead of headliner, Dan Mangan.
Vancouver’s Dan Mangan came on stage to a roaring applause, as many had made their way to Glasgows West End venue for this gig. Dan Mangan is a two-time JUNO award-winning & two-time Polaris Music Prize listed musician and songwriter. 2018 saw Dan release his full length More or Less, an album about witnessing birth, and in some ways rebirth. An honest album about raising kids in a trubulent world, it is in some ways deemed his most intimate album. Produced by Grammy Award winning producer Drew Brown (Radiohead, Beck, Blonde Redhead, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Bat For Lashes), More or Less features singles Troubled Mind, Fool For Waiting and Just Fear.
With his folky tracks and those husky vocals, he was set to give his fans and supporters a wonderful evening in the intimate settings of this venue. Cosy and idyllic for Dan’s aficionados, there was a special feel about this gig, as many sang along with his tracks and took him by surprise with their evident following and general support of his music. With hints of Bon Iver, yet his own distinct sound, Dan Mangan is a welcomed face in this gig setting, a grand way to round off a Sunday evening before readying ourselves for that transition into another week.