The Shires – Tour First Night – Review – Live in Guildford ****

The Shires began a mammoth thirty date UK tour in Guildford to promote their new album Accidentally On Purpose. The concert sold out months ago and as early as the second number the majority of the fans were out of their seats for the more uptempo numbers. Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes were backed by four musicians, drums bass and two guitarists, one of whom doubled on pedal steel and banjo. The staging was based around a simple yet effective lighting display. The group played nine tracks from the new album and a whopping 22 altogether in a 90-minute set. The audience gave them a … Continue reading The Shires – Tour First Night – Review – Live in Guildford ****

Blanco White – Sheer beauty — Stereo Club, Glasgow ****

The Stereo club in Glasgow is the type of venue where musical legends are made. Down a dingy, cobbled back alley (it was raining which made it even more atmospheric), down metal stairs with tatty music posters on the walls and down into a basement club. There’s something about a basement and music that fits perfectly. Blanco White began as the solo project of Londoner Josh Edwards in 2014. After studying guitar in Spain, and later the Andean instrument the charango, which looks like a mini classical guitar with 12 strings, in Bolivia, Edwards’ aim was to bring together elements of Andalusian and Latin … Continue reading Blanco White – Sheer beauty — Stereo Club, Glasgow ****

The Waterboys Live — Guildford G Live **** 

The Waterboys were on fine form, playing two sets. Touring as a seven piece to support the fabulous new double album Out Of All This Blue, the band comprised drums, keys, bass, fiddle, Mike Scott on vocals/guitar and two vibrant and very energetic backing vocalists. Strong and intelligent lyrics are an important feature of the Waterboys. It was good to hear Scott’s vocals prominent in the sound mix and the band produced a powerful yet clean sound. The show was a mix of old and new with Irish reels interspersed. The first set had tracks including Medicine Bow, A Girl Called Johnny and the flowing Man, What A … Continue reading The Waterboys Live — Guildford G Live ****