Laura Gibson, The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, 28th February 2019

Laura Gibson has been making music for 15 years now. During that time she has self-released a debut EP, collaborated with sound artist and composer Ethan Rose, worked with ballet and musical theatre groups and released five albums of carefully crafted songs that inhabits the overlapping spaces between modern alternative, folk and Americana music. It’s a fertile space for music lovers that she shares with some talented contemporaries such as Laura Veirs, Jolie Holland and Joan Shelley, and the evocative and compelling narratives of Gibson’s songs have earned her no shortage of praise. Tonight’s show at Glasgow’s Hug and Pint venue is her first in the city for some time, for which she admits to being a little sorry, and follows the Autumn 2018 release of her most recent album ‘Goners’. Continue reading “Laura Gibson, The Hug and Pint, Glasgow, 28th February 2019”

Joan Shelley + Maiden Radio, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10th October 2018

Joan Shelley is no stranger to Glasgow’s Glad Cafe. Returning to the venue for a fourth time, the Kentucky-born artist has built up a loyal following. Whether a long term fan or a relative newbie attracted by Shelley’s 2017 self-titled album, a sell-out crowd filled the intimate south side room anticipating a night of fine music. Tonight’s openers were Maiden Radio, an all female trio consisting of Cheyenne Marie Mize, Julia Purcell and Joan Shelley herself. It’s arguable that Shelley has been making music with her band for as long as under her own name, both self-releasing debuts in 2010. Purcell confesses that this is their first non-US tour in the ten years they’ve been together and you can’t help but feel a little regret that we’ve waited so long for them to explore beyond their home shores. Firmly rooted in classic country and Appalachian traditionals, it was a chance for Shelley to show another side of her musical talents with which many fans may be unfamiliar. Continue reading “Joan Shelley + Maiden Radio, The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, 10th October 2018”

Carter Sampson + Jesse Aycock & Lauren Barth, Glad Café, Glasgow, 12 May 2018

Oklahoma’s Carter Sampson is no stranger to these shores. Her trademark red boots have graced many a UK music venue over the past few years. This was the opening night of her UK tour promoting her  brand new album ‘Lucky,’ and  the healthy Glad Café crowd took to their seats in anticipation of the latest show from a very welcome return visitor. Continue reading “Carter Sampson + Jesse Aycock & Lauren Barth, Glad Café, Glasgow, 12 May 2018”