Filed under: Arts, creativity, gigs, music, Uncategorized | Tags: All time best gigs, Anonhi, Bill Nelson, chic, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Festival, faust, glastonbury, kraftwerk, mark gorman, massive attack, nick cave, simple minds, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sufjan Stevens, T in the Park, The Clash
My pal Pete, and I, were discussing our all time favourite gigs after we gushed about Anohni on Wednesday night at the Edinburgh Festival.
He’s a massive James and Rolling Stones fan and said it even beat James. I was more cautious. Whilst I gave it a full five star rating and said it was in my all time top ten it’s had me thinking all week.
So with much consideration here are my all time top 20 favourite gigs. Each in different ways was a five star performance.
In no particular order, because that’s too hard.
The Clash. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Combat Rock tour)
Sufjan Stevens. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Carrie and Low tour Edinburgh International Festival – simply the best sound I have ever heard)
Anonhi. Edinburgh Playhouse. (Edinburgh Festival, this week)
Siouxsie and The Banshees. Edinburgh Playhouse. (around the time of Israel)
Kraftwerk. Edinburgh PLayhouse (front Row. Computer Love Tour)
Kraftwerk. King Tuts Stage (T in the Park – 3D tour)
Bill Nelson. The Nite Club (Upstairs from Edinburgh Playhouse)
Faust. The Citrus Club (original one in Edinburgh Grassmarket (set fire to the stage with Petrol)
Simple Minds (supported by Positive Noise). Tiffany’s, Glasgow.
Simple Minds. Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow.( 5 x 4 Tour)
Chic. West Holts Dance Stage (Glastonbury)
Massive Attack. The Other Stage (Glastonbury)
Nic Cave and the Bad Seeds. The Pyramid Stage (Glastonbury)
John Grant. The Park Stage (Glastonbury)
Savages. Williams Green Stage (Glastonbury)
Melody Gardot. Voodoo Rooms
Emma Pollock. Voodoo Rooms
Laurie Anderson. Queens Hall (possibly the O Superman tour, certainly around that time)
King Creosote performing From Scotland with Love at The Hub Edinburgh (Edinburgh Festival)
Frank Sinatra. Ibrox Park (Glasgow 1999 headline spot). I’ll never forget him say that “I never thought I’d hear every single member of an Ibrox crowd cheer a Catholic”
One major point to note. Only one single stadium gig. The last one.
Some of the greatest were in the smallest venues; Pollock, Gardot, Bill Nelson, Faust.
Who did I never see that I wished I had? Magazine, Buzzcocks, Sex Pistols, Steely Dan, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Talking Heads, David Bowie, Belle and Sebastian, Cocteau Twins, Can, Velvet Underground.
Filed under: football, Hibees, humour, jokes, language, religion, Scotland, sports, stories, Uncategorized | Tags: being a failure, defeat from the jaws of victory, Edinburgh, Hibs, Hibsed it, losing, mark gorman, OED, skakel, unlikely defeat
Those of you who, like me, support Hibernian; Edinburgh’s most stylish football team and forefathers of the rather more successful Celtic FC, will be feeling that slightly sick feeling after once again victory was the more likely, more deserved and more bearable outcome on Sunday afternoon at ‘Scotland’s National Stadium.’
But we were Hisbsed.
We snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
Consequently, a petition has been set up by a Mr Rudolph Skakel on Change.com begging the Oxford English Dictionary to add ‘Hibsed’ to their content.
It has a smell of schadenfreude about it.
For the uninitiated, to be Hibsed means ‘to be ahead in your pursuit of something, only to mess it up before you cross the finish line’.
And we’ve been Hibsed many times. On Sunday particularly so, and Liam Fontaine, arguably the man of the match, must feel especially Hibsed as it was he who teed up the winning goal for a team that could best be described as diddy.
I mean, you could fit the population of Dingwall, from where they bide, into the back of a camper van and still have room for a couple of tents.
Many have argued that we shouldn’t be so down on ourselves because it was only the diddy cup we Hibsed. But we Hibsed it in 2004 against the mighty Ferranti Thistle playing under the pseudonym of Livingston (a town so small it has an Edinburgh postcode).
We Hibsed it every time in living memory that we played in Europe and we’ve Hibsed it so many times against the other team in Edinburgh that I’ve simply lost count.
By Thursday morning there’s every chance we’ll have Hibsed it against that other Highland League powerhouse, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, in the big cup (that we put that other team from Edinburgh out of a few weeks ago), and we’ve already Hibsed it in the Scottish Championship having been in a great position to overtake long term leaders Rangers just after Christmas.
So, go on, Mr Skakel. have you schadenfreudey moment. the awful truth is, you’re right.
Filed under: football, Hibees, Scotland, sports, stories, Uncategorized | Tags: Edinburgh, Hibs, Liam Fontaine, mark gorman
Yesterday was yet another nightmare for Hibs fans. Despite being the better team we inexplicably lost the with of our last ten cup finals. The 12th of 15 in my life so far.
Arguably the man of the match Liam Fontaine had this to say after the game when he was involved in the losing goal.
It’s a sign of greatness in my eyes.
Articulate. Emotional. Great.
Filed under: Arts, creativity, photography, science, Uncategorized, work | Tags: Edinburgh, experiments, mark gorman, medicine, mental health, The Met, The metropolitan museum of new york
I saw this in The Met last October. It’s from a roomful of plates shot in the late 19th century of doctors carrying out electrical impulse experiments on asylum patients to see if they could trigger different facial expressions.
I think this one was terror.
It scared the bejeezus out of me.
Filed under: creativity, gigs, music, Scotland | Tags: Edinburgh, Emma Pollock, In search of Harperfield, mark gorman, The Voodoo rooms
A quick look through the excellent Setlist.fm reveals that true to her word it’s been a while since Emma Pollock played Edinburgh (nine years to be precise) so no surprise that on the back of her astonishing new album it’s a sell out.
(In Search of Harperfield is surely the hot favourite to win this year’s Scottish Album of the Year and I’d tip it for a Mercury nomination to boot.)
What we experience will have to wait for a moment because, first, I want to put in a mildly nepotous hurrah for Hamish James Hawk who performs as support sans-band, but whips up a great noise nevertheless. This young man has talent and if he maintains his man of many faces approach and outstanding, between songs, rhetoric he’ll have the audience in his hands for years to come.
This is no ordinary gig. Like Hawk, who’s acoustic guitar she borrows for a substitute RM Hubbard number (Monster in the Pack), she has a gift for storytelling. Surely nobody in the 300 strong audience could fail to be moved by her description of how Intermission came about – how she drove back and forth from Glasgow to Dumfries visiting her parents both ill, in different hospitals, during a spell of beautiful Scottish weather.
They both prevailed.
Her self deprecation is triumphantly engaging as she ineptly changes instruments throughout the gig with guitar straps proving what would be, to others, gig killers but, to her, props on the road to her stand up career.
But it’s her songs and her remarkable voice, aided by extraordinarily good sound and a superb band, that makes this such a profoundly great musical evening. Not a moment is wasted and her range is fully extended with highlights that include Red Orange Green, Alabaster, Clemency and my personal highlightt, Dark Skies, from the brilliant stage play Whatever Gets You Through The Night (it reminded me that I must go to the Galloway Forest Park sometime).
Emma Pollock is not a prolific performer so it was a real treat to see her perform in my home town. It would appear that she must be big in Spain because she’s going gig crazy there in April. And she may or may not be up to something special in the Festival. I can only guess because she’d have had to kill herself if she told us.
But a whiff of anticipation smothered the room.
Filed under: Arts, Uncategorized | Tags: Edinburgh, graffiti, south queensferry, street art
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: adele, Bobby womack, Buddy Holly, C Duncan, Cabaret Voltaire, Carolyn Dan Johnson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, David Bowie, Diva, Donal Fagen, Edinburgh, fleetwood mac, Jimi Hendrix, La Wally, Mercury Rev, new order, nick cave, penguin cafe orchestra, queen, Ragtime the musical, Reodelius, Richard Hawley, Roedelius, Sigur Ros, simple minds, siousie and the banshees, Sufjan Stevemns, the Human League, the national, the stranglers, The Walkmen, tinariwen, tom waits
My pal, Peter Flockhart, challenged me to find seven songs that would sum up my musical taste, but I got a little carried away. Thought you might like to see them all in the one place as we reach day 30. They are in no particular order and, surprisingly, only one artist appears twice. Tom Waits.