The relaxed intimate atmosphere in the Glasgow Art Club was a perfect setting for tonight’s performances.
Openning was young Edinburgh singer songwriter Adam Holmes.
Although not introducing himself (tut tut), he sang a confident 45 minute set consisting of mainly his own songs. Adam, who sings both solo and with his band, The Embers, is a strong songwriter who sailed through eight numbers including a real beauty during which he forsook his guitar accompanying himself on piano.
He finished with full audience participation on ‘Would You Come Out Drinking With Me’ without any amplification.
The Dardanelles, a five piece band for Newfoundland took to the stage after a b
Stirring and challenging instrumental work commenced their set on bodhran, mandolin, guitar, accordion and fiddle. On their second set, accordionist Aaron Collis had travelled to a remote area of Newfoundland named Boyd’s Cove where he discovered tunes which had never been played anywhere else.
They were magnificent!
Matthew Byrne performed songs during the set, mainly of the sea and fishing. The sheer human endurance
of this band, keeping this pace going, was something of wonder. This was their first visit to any European country. I very much doubt if it will be their last.