A few months ago, I had the great pleasure in attending the 40th Anniversary party/gig of the legendary Glasgow band String Driven (you may remember the “Thing” too!).
After the success of this private party, String Driven are taking the show to the West End…… of Glasgow, that is. Chris, John and Pauline will be giving it laldy one more time. Venue will be the prestigious Oranmor and the date has been set as Thursday 28th October. Advance tickets at £8.50 can be obtained from www.ticketweb.co.uk . Alternatively it will be £10 on the night.
Chris Adams & John Mannion from String Driven will be joining Ross for a gab in studio 1 on Friday 22nd Oct from 8pm, ahead of the Oran Mor gig.
You may remember this appearance on Top Of The Pops!
After a few hit albums and a couple of minor hit singles during the 70s, the band got normal jobs, doing a series of gigs and small tours. Chris Adams released his album “The Damage” in the mid-eighties to critical acclaim and even wrote a rock musical, Vinyl.
String Driven reformed and released three albums, the most recent being Songs from Another Country, a collection of the finest Americana you could ever hope for. As R2 puts it…..
The … Another Country is the past, and Chris evokes lyrical troubadour-muso poem-songs about silver strings, and meeting your idol at a backstage party. These are melodies shaped by lyric structure, measured in metaphors as teasingly elusive as Roger McGuinn’s ‘Chestnut Mare’ – literate songs tormented by restless phantoms of loss, regret, ghosts and past-tense dreams, ‘gone for good, gone for bad’, but either way they ain’t coming back. If R2 had an album of the bi-month, this would be it.
Join Ross for Thank Folk It’s Friday with Special Guests, Chris Adams & John Mannion from String Driven, Friday 22nd October from 8pm, repeated at 2am Saturday morning (UK Time)