Beerjacket, Michael Cassidy, Julia and the Doogans
Goosebumps, goosebumps thrice. Correct me if I’m wrong but that’s the sign of an incredible gig.
Tonight was the gig I’d been most looking forward to out of the whole New Year’s Revolution line-up and it definitely didn’t disappoint. In fact, it surpassed my expectations.
We arrived early just to be on the safe side before we headed up to catch Julia and the Doogans. Julia is the loveliest, nicest, most down to earth and incredibly amazing person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. On top of all that, she’s also one of the most talented. Without a doubt, Julia has one of the greatest voices I’ve heard in a long, long time. Her songs and her exquisite vocals bring me to the edge of tears each and every time. Granted, that probably says more about me as a person, being a big soppy emotional sap, but I challenge you not to fall in love with her. Perfect set in every way.
Michael Cassidy was next to grace the stage and grace the stage he did. Despite a minor hiccup with his tuner pedal he stormed through his set in an awe-inspiring fashion. As one of Paisely’s finest, you wouldn’t expect anything less but despite seeing him on numerous occasions and having the pleasure of working with him he still managed to impress me like it was the first time all over again. He is outstanding as a solo artist but I’ve always said, if he had a full band behind him he would be destined for greatness. Tonight was the first time I’ve saw him play with another musician. He invited Ali Hendry of Randolph’s Leap up on stage to play trumpet for ‘Everybody’s Scared’ and it was phenomenal. Michael’s a hard working musician and he’s already made a name for himself as a wonderful solo artist but give it a year or so and he’ll take the Scottish music ‘scene’ by storm.
We missed Coat Hooks but I was too excited for Beerjacket to care. Peter Kelly is hands down my favourite Scottish musician currently performing with an acoustic guitar. His albums, whether it be free downloads or physical releases, have saw a rapid progression in terms of songwriting. Considering his first release was wonderful, that’s a huge compliment. The fact that he was my old English teacher is neither here nor there, Beerjacket is the best solo artist in Scotland. His lyrics are wonderfully cryptic yet astonishingly clever, the passion in both his vocals and performance is captivating and his dedication to his music is nothing short of admirable. Tonight, although not the best I’ve seen him, was a further example of just how incredible a talent this man is. If he hasn’t made an appearance on Jools Holland within the next couple of years then the general public are missing out on one of the finest musicians that has came out of Scotland in recent years.
It’s late, I’m tired and that post was pure nonsensical drivel. But I had an even better night than first anticipated, met so many great faces I haven’t seen in a while, and it might just have been the perfect way to end what as been a fantastic two weeks at King Tut’s, that’s unless I go to Pareto, Dilectrics and Bear Arms tomorrow for the finale.