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Al Shields – Mountains – EP Launch

Al Shields – Mountains EP Launch

Al Shields is no stranger to the Edinburgh music circuit having lived here for more than ten years establishing a name for himself with his Americana style.

Al Shields - Mountains

Al Shields – Mountains

He chose Sneaky Pete’s, Cowgate for the launch of his latest release Mountains on the 19th of April, performing a list of some covers, old music and his latest EP.  He was joined on the night by fellow performers John. D McIntosh and Lewis Rumney who warmed the crowd up. The night kicked off sharp due to the noise curfew with Lewis the first to take the mic. Cat was running late so sadly we only managed a phone picture but we enjoyed his performance.

Lewis Rumney - Photo by Joe

Lewis Rumney – Photo by Joe

John D McIntosh - Photo by Cat

John D McIntosh – Photo by Cat

John. D McIntosh followed with a upbeat set which included a cover of Bruce Springsteen’sTougher Than The Rest” which went down well with the crowd. Check out his song Bandcamp for more information.

Al Shields - Photo by Cat

Al Shields – Photo by Cat

After a short break, Al Shields took to the stage opening up with “Got It So Bad” taken from his first album “Slow Burner“. Als’ voice is pretty distinctive which wouldn’t be out of place in Tennessee. He held the audience as he waved through a jam packed list, making use of every valuable second, at one stage putting on a harmonica headpiece.

Al Shields & Kat Healy - Photo by Cat

Al Shields & Kat Healy – Photo by Cat

He was joined onstage by fellow musicians at various times accompanying him with vocals. Kat Healy joined in on Ryan Adams song “Oh my sweet Carolina” and Julia Hoare in “Mutineer“, a Warren Zevon cover. Matt Norris came in and joined them for “Bluebird” along with playing various instruments including the mandolin and banjo for different numbers with Al.

Al Shields, Matt Norris & Julia Hoare - Photo by Cat

Al Shields, Matt Norris & Julia Hoare – Photo by Cat

He produced a set which demonstrated to all attending of his ability as a performer and songwriter along with having some fun with more well known songs from established artists.  Originally from the Isle of Bute, Al was charismatic and witty between songs although we have different feelings towards the ukulele,”it is a real instrument Al“! “Johanna, Kick your feet up” and “Bluebird” were personal favourites all from the new EP “Mountains“. Al got a well earned rapturous applause at the end of the show which went far too quickly for me.

For information about Al Shields, upcoming tour dates, music releases, store & social media links, visit alshields.com

Stephen.

Ross Arthur, Gus Harrower & Benny Monteux – Henry’s Cellar Bar

Ross Arthur, Gus Harrower & Benny Monteux – Henry’s Cellar Bar, Edinburgh – 29th December 2015

Henry's Cellar Bar - Photo by Joe

Henry’s Cellar Bar – Photo by Joe

Henry’s Cellar Bar just off the notorious bustle of The West End’s Lothian Road was the chosen venue for Ross Arthur to bring his UK Tour to a close. Originally the line-up included Dan Collins, unfortunately due to illness he was unable to perform. However thanks to an emergency meeting in the early hours and perhaps a pint Ross sealed the deal and Benny Monteux was added to the bill.

Benny Monteux - Photo by Joe

Benny Monteux – Photo by Joe

Benny Monteux regularly fills the most popular live music venues of Edinburgh with a full band including Trombone,  performing popular “Folk-tinged Pop” with a rather punky edge. Tonight in a wonderful stripped back acoustic set, Benny sang a handpicked selection and cleverly included the audience with some ongoing banter.

Benny Monteux - Photo by Joe

Benny Monteux – Photo by Joe

From the universally enjoyed feeling of being the oldest person in the room to the topic of “special friends” Benny had it all covered in his songs. Halfway through he performed his latest single Greetings From Nowhere City I’ve no idea how he managed it solo but he did an incredible job and boy did he make that guitar work. Being first on and delivering such a belting performance I was unsure what direction the evening was going to take.

Benny Monteux - Photo by Joe

Benny Monteux – Photo by Joe

For gig dates, music, merchandise & more visit Benny Monteux at Facebook and Bandcamp.

Gus Hallower - Photo by Joe

Gus Hallower – Photo by Joe

A rather unexpected surprise in the form of Gus Harrower was up next, completely in the zone he performed a ‘set of six’ showcasing both guitar skills and in particular his natural flair on the keyboard. What brought this to a whole other level for me though was the maturity and strength of his soulful voice. All songs had their own specific musical vibe and mostly of love and the emotions attached, “Stuck On You” was outstanding live, as was “Go But Don’t Quite Leave” to the more upbeat tale of “Girl I Didn’t Know” which was phenomenal.

Gus Hallower - Photo by Joe

Gus Hallower – Photo by Joe

The music industry is a funny business and I can’t (officially) predict the future nor am I a gambling man. If i were I’d bet you a pair of trainers we will be seeing and hearing much more in what I hope to be a very interesting and successful breakthrough year for Gus Harrower.

Gus Hallower - photo by Joe

Gus Hallower – photo by Joe

For gig dates, music & more visit Gus Harrower at Facebook, Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

Ross Arthur - Photo by Joe

Ross Arthur – Photo by Joe

Up next on stage to great applause was Ross Arthur, the man responsible for the evenings celebration of talent, headlining this the final date of his UK tour and bringing 2015 to a close. I saw Ross back in early October when he was supporting The Glass Child. Tonight we were treated to the full show.

Ross Arthur - Photo by Joe

Ross Arthur – Photo by Joe 0

Putting a different spin on matters of the heart, songs like “3,700 Miles Ain’t Far” allows Ross to use his comedic charisma to the max, while other more poignant songs or back stories, we saw a more serious side to him. In just a couple of months I’ve noticed growth in this young and energetic performer, songs I’d previously heard are already sounding stronger.

Ross Arthur - Photo by Joe

Ross Arthur – Photo by Joe

When Ross has the time to sit down, absorb and reflect upon the events of this tour, bumps and all, he will have so much new material and no doubt will get creative with it. He was beaming with a well deserved smile as his set came to a close, we will never agree on Jessie J’s “Price Tag” but I look forward to hearing Ross’s next chapter.

For gig dates, music & more visit Ross Arthur at Facebook and ReverbNation.

Joe.

Nell Bryden’s triumphant return to Auld Reekie

Nell Bryden – 04/11/2015 – The Caves, Edinburgh – In association with “Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions“.

Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

The head-line act of a night of fantastic female performances was from the wonderful Nell Bryden who was accompanied by her three piece male band.  They walked onstage and Nell began by going straight into her first song “Tonight” taken from the album “What does it take“. This wonderful catchy and upbeat song echoed through the vaulted ceilings of the venue and proved to be a great indicator of what was to come from the fantastic foursome. After rapturous applause, a beaming Nell thanked the crowd and spoke of her delight of returning to Scotland to perform. She informed us she was spotted on the street earlier that day by a fan and jokingly told us she felt very famous. “Buildings and treetops” was next up, a beautiful acoustic number from the 2012 album “Shake the tree“.

Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

Feels so good to cry” had a slight Joni Mitchell style with powerful and emotional lyrics which for me were a personal favorite, on which Nell played a 1964 Gibson 12 string guitar (very impressive). Each song was unique and different from the previous, taking the audience on a journey through her impressive back catalogue along with some new numbers. “All you had” from the Wayferer album also struck a note beginning as a slow number before halfway through changing direction into a faster upbeat tempo song, its seemed like it shouldn’t work but it did.

Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

She invited Judith Owen back on stage to join her for “Holes in my shoes”, a song they composed in Nashville with Kimmie Rhodes, both their vocals singing harmoniously together and the audience showed their appreciation for the music.

Judith Owen & Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Judith Owen & Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

Nell is such a charismatic and dedicated performer, her enjoyment of doing so evident to see by anyone lucky enough to catch her live. She took the audience on a journey through a tunnel of emotions which seemed to pass in the blink of an eye. In what felt like only a minute of being on stage, she announced her final song “Second time around“, another track from 2009’sWhat does it take”.

Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden is a strong and powerful singer songwriter, unafraid to try new things and who certainly doesn’t focus on the past. She has successfully managed to make a name for herself in an industry which can often be superficial and often hung up on fitting into what is deemed the “norm“. Nell Bryden is certainly not someone that I would place in this category and I have an unending admiration for her as a result. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to put in the hard work to achieve it, as clearly seen by the self financing of her first album or doing tours for the troops abroad.

Nell Bryden - Photo by Joe

Nell Bryden – Photo by Joe

Big things are happening for Nell in 2016. She will be performing a radio show every Monday night during January on BBC Radio 2 entitled “Nell’s Angels“. Each week she will be examining the great female artists of various musical genres which has influenced music and song writing. She already has a UK tour lined up in the coming year. Between juggling motherhood, being a wife and building upon an already successful career, things are shaping up well for this star who seems to have an endless supply of energy. I shall be tuning in to Radio 2 every Monday in January to be taken once again on a musical journey with this  impressive singer and songwriter.

For information about Nell Bryden, upcoming tour dates, music releases, store & social media links, visit her website.

Stephen.

Judith Owen – The Caves, Edinburgh

In Association with Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions live at The Caves, Edinburgh 4/11/2015

Judith Owen - Photo by Joe

Judith Owen – Photo by Joe

Judith Owen took her place on stage behind her keyboard and was joined by Leland Sklar on bass. Both of these enormously talented musicians have a vast experience in the musical industry and this was clearly demonstrated to an awestruck audience as they made their way through a song list of both original and cover versions of some well known songs. Judith has a wonderful wit and rapport with her audience which began with the introduction of her first song ‘Train out of Hollywood‘ which she declared with a cheeky grin was about the nasty people who live there, herself included. Next was ‘I would give anything’ from her 2014 album Ebb and Flow, an emotional number about missing those who are gone and a yearning for more time with them..

Judith Owen & Leyland Sklar - Photo by Joe

Judith Owen & Leyland Skylar – Photo by Joe

Each song went down with rapturous applause, Leland remaining a man of few words except for the occasional one liner in response to Judith. She informed us that the Scottish have ‘great heart’ and that she hailed from Wales who were ‘similar to the Irish except without the fun’. Her humour and playful nature shone between each song whilst her vocals echoed against the thick walls of The Caves. Her version of  ‘In the Summertime‘ was made with her own unique style and she cleverly made it her own. The two musicians played beautifully together and I have to admit that we at BeardedRadio had beard envy at Leland’s majestic white facial hair( that does not happen very often).

Judith Owen - Photo by Joe

Judith Owen – Photo by Joe

Judith and Leland provided an excellent show full of wonderful songs, charm and a warmth that was well received evident when announcing her final song, she received a loud ahhhhhhhhhhh twinged in sadness. ‘Blackbird‘ finished her set on a high and I must say i thoroughly enjoyed the Welsh star. She currently has on release  the EP Christmas Without Tears” in collaboration with her husband Harry Shearer. All proceeds from this EP go towards the very worthy Elton John AIDS Foundation  This innovative and creative group of songs may not fit into the Christmas “song norm”, yet prove once again that Judith is one of those rare, hidden and under rated artists.

For information about Judith Owen, upcoming tour dates, music releases and store or social media links, visit her website. 

Stephen.

Amanda St John – ‘You Blew It’.

Amanda St John

Amanda St John

Earlier this year one of the shiniest jewels in the crown of the Northern Irish music scene, Amanda St John accompanied by Dean Stevens on guitar blew us away with a selection of stripped back acoustic performances of her songs at the 11th Annual Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival. Since then along with maintaining her live performance profile,  Amanda St John has been putting an album together entitled “Grow”, unsurprisingly this has been met with huge interest resulting in a very successful Pledge Music campaign and due for release in February 2016.

Click image to purchase 'You Blew It' by Amanda St John

Click image to stream ‘You Blew It’ by Amanda St John on Spotify

The first single, “You Blew It” released 4th December 2015 is a catchy ‘post-breakup’ tale co-written in Nashville with the legendary Joe Tiven. Singing of moving on and knowing when ‘enough is enough’. Amanda has an instantly recognisable soulful voice, combined with the ‘big band’ arrangement on this track make astounding results, together actually recreating a live music sound at home (especially if you turn the volume up good and loud), just ask my neighbours.

Roll on February, this has made me even more excited for the release of “Grow”. In the meantime “You Blew It” by Amanda St John is available now on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

Joe.

The Glass Child – Edinburgh

The Glass Child, Daniel Scott & Ross Arthur – 6th October 2015, The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh – In Association with ‘Mellow Promotions’.

Photo by Cat

Daniel Scott, The Glass Child & Ross Arthur – Photo by Cat

A wet and rainy Tuesday evening in Edinburgh might not sound that appealing, unless of course your destination is the opulent surroundings of The Voodoo Rooms and in the presence of three fine singer-songwriters lined up and ready to entertain you.

Edinburgh’s Daniel Scott was first up and someone whom I had wanted to see having noticed his name on the scene for some time. In February Daniel competed as a finalist in the ‘The Big Music Project’ at the ‘O2 Arena, London’ where he triumphed taking home the much sought after prize of a recording slot at Abbey Road Studios. With much regret Cat and I arrived as Daniel was finishing his set, but what we did hear we liked and intend to catch up with him soon.

Photo by Cat

Ross Arthur – Photo by Cat

Charismatic Ross Arthur who is also an Edinburgh local took the mic next. Ross has a really fun energy on stage, performing some great originals and talking us through the stories behind them. Both Cat and I agreed he’s pretty nifty on the guitar, got a good voice and I could have happily listened to a few more songs from Ross. My only negative concerning his pretty cool set list was the Jessie J cover at the end, for me it was just misplaced and a tad unnecessary. All in all Ross Arthur put on a mighty fine show and I’d recommend checking him out.

Headliner Charlotte Eriksson also known as The Glass Child took to the stage next and immediately established a natural connection with the crowd. Candidly recollecting in beautiful honesty some of the situations and feelings she has experienced along her journey as a musician and there were times I had a feeling like ‘a fly on the page’ of her rather fascinating diary.

Photo by Cat

The Glass Child – Photo by Cat

All songs were emotionally charged, from the softer and more gentle like “I Will Lead You Home”, “Who Am I” and “I’m Coming Home” to the more powerful, punchy  and aggressive at points “Letdown” and “The Fall’ Charlotte sang her lyrics with diamond cut precision, so tiny yet crystal clear. She finished her incredible set with two of my favourites “Hypnic Jerk” and that fabulously freaky “Creepy Little Story” which always gives me a chuckle. The Glass Child/Charlotte Eriksson is a seasoned ‘House Concert’ performer whose skill of gauging and using the audience’s reaction as signposts to guide her storytelling and song choices freely throughout. This was a faultless performance which perfectly concluded The Glass Child’s UK Tour in her favourite city and her Edinburgh debut.

For all the latest music, news, tour dates and social media links visit: theglasschildofficial.com.     

 Joe.                                                                                                              

Miami – Stephen Dunwoody

 

Steven Dunwoody

Earlier this year I attended the 11th Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival and was thoroughly entertained by a rather avant-garde singer songwriter and pianist by the name of Stephen Dunwoody. Representing ‘The Lagan Sessions’ in turn and as part of a four act spectacular along with Steve Amos, Lazy Flies and Edelle McMahon performing their own material it was pretty incredible and by the end I was absolutely knackered.

Multi-genre Stephen Dunwoody has supported many popular artists over the years including Jools Holland and The Corrs to name just a couple. Although best known for performing and recording his own works and compositions Stephen recently paid homage to legendary Nina Simone in a production entitled ‘Nina And Me’.

In a rather retro fashion today I picked up the phone and had a good old-fashioned chat with Stephen who generously agreed to answer a pretty packed question for us about his latest song “Miami”.

“Hi Stephen, thanks for agreeing to tell us about your latest song Miami. Combining your lyrics, outstanding music & wonderfully nostalgic video which all truly capture an essence of times past, in your own words, how was Miami created and brought together?

The song was written back in January. I just sat at the piano and played the opening line ‘The ice blew in from the Hudson’ and it developed from there.
The song Miami recalls a trip I undertook from New York to Miami a few years ago. It mirrored the journey the Miami Showband undertook in the 60s when they regularly toured there.
My uncle Brian McCoy was the band’s trumpet player and singer, although in reality he could play just about anything. He was my first musical hero; as a kid growing up in Ireland back then it was a bit like having a family member in a boyband or similar. The Miami were incredibly popular.

The Miami Showband

Stephen – At any family gathering I loved it when Brian came along. He had such fun and energy.
On his way to the fateful gig in 1975, he posted my birthday card to me when he crossed the border. I suppose he knew if he posted it in the North it would get there more quickly. The day after him and his band mates were killed I got my card along with the awful news.

I have been a musician for a long time and I have no idea why I waited so long to write the song. I think it would have been wrong to profit from a family tragedy. Nowhere in the song is the tragedy mentioned other than the line ‘On the very night he left us, dropped my card into the post’.
Anyway, I sent Brian’s wife and children a copy of the song for their approval. My cousin was just four when his dad died. His sister was just a baby.
In July when we met up for the 40th anniversary of the murders at a service in Dublin my cousin mentioned an old cine film he found in the loft when he was putting down insulation.
When he got it transferred to digital he saw his dad walking towards him. He had only ever seen little polaroids of him.
The film that the band made of their trip to the US in 1968 seemed to tie in with my song, almost scarily so! The finished video includes this footage which had never been seen before.

Stephen – In the song Miami I wanted to get the best trumpet player I could find to play the solo, and of course there is no one better than Linley Hamilton. In my opinion his playing really makes it.
We got a terrific reception when we premiered it on Culture Night in Rosemary Street Church as part of my ‘Nina and Me’ concert where we had a full house. When we received a standing ovation at the end, I thought to myself. ‘That’s nice, Brian would have been proud’.

Joe – Thank you Stephen and I look forward to catching you again.

For lots more music, videos, news and tour dates visit stephendunwoody.com.

Joe.

Daydreamer – Owen Denvir

“Daydreamer” by Owen Denvir – Available: 2nd October 2015.

Owen Denvir - Daydreamer Cover

It was back in February when I first became aware of fresh faced Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician Owen Denvir, supporting Jarrod Dickenson at popular live music venue ‘Sneaky Petes’, Edinburgh. As I heard his voice I whispered into Cats ear “just trust me on this one” and practically flung her through the crowds to snap a couple of photos. It was the combination of the emotion and depth in Owen Denvirs voice with a subtle confidence that first captured my attention.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Self-penned debut EP ‘Daydreamer’ by Owen Denvir consists of four beautifully crafted songs, wonderfully arranged and layered throughout with his very recognisable voice. The inclusion of Hannah McPhillimy on “Staring At The Sun” is pure genius, totally unexpected and I enjoyed the surprise. “Lonely” melodically remembers a soul-mate and prompts old friends to pop into my head, its a clever little number. Forth song “The Coast Of Spain” is one I’ve heard Owen perform live, the emotional good-bye is a strong and courageous one and its for the best.

Outstanding title track “Daydreamer” completely encapsulates Owen Denvirs brilliance, its funny, dreamy and completely self aware. Musically thrilling, full of wonderful buildups and smashes keeping it exciting and dramatic. Its the lyrics and Owens vocals in “Daydreamer” however that I find most compelling. Dispelling any myths regarding being that of a ‘Daydreamer’ being a waste of time, Owen Denvir astutely clarifies just how much devotion and uninterrupted focus it involves. This is an EP which I would highly recommend and I look forward to its release on the 2nd October 2015.

Available now from(Direct Links) –  iTunesBandcampAmazon, GooglePlay & Spotify.

Owen Denver will be returning to Edinburgh and playing The Corn Exchange- January 2016. For further information and tour dates, music, videos and social media links visit owendenvir.com.

Joe

Sea Legs – Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail

Sea Legs – Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail – Released 17th April 2015.

Photo by Joe

Click image to stream on Spotify – Photo by Joe

Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s union may seem an unlikely match. I’ve known of Ciaran’s music for a while, with Ryan being a more recent and welcome discovery. After friends alerted me to “Sea Legs”, I entered the exciting world of ‘Pledge Music’ and even “virtually” attended one of the launches via a live stream.  Nanno & Nurse Ratchet experienced the other spectacular Northern Ireland Launch aboard the ‘SS Nomadic Belfast’.

Ideally listened to in its entirety,  whether in a mellow setting or played aloud through headphones while out and about, this album has an overwhelming sense of escapism which is magical. Without question “Sea Legs” is one of the most significant additions to my collection in years. The elements of spoken word, water, song and music all intertwined make this a “must have” for any collector.

“Sea Legs” is available in Limited Edition 10″ Vinyl & CD from Quiet Arch, iTunes or to stream from Soundcloud and Spotify.

Joe

Party at the Palace – Linlithgow

McEwan’s Party at the Palace, Linlithgow 8th/9th August,2015.

Sitting just west of Edinburgh, twenty minutes by train is the very charming Scottish village Linlithgow. I’d been to the village before and once to the romantic and idyllic Linlithgow Palace to attend a wedding. Being the birth place of ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ its fair to say this place is steeped in history and one of Scotland’s most beautiful  and sought after venues. On this occasion it was hosting the second annual McEwans’ Party At The Palace. We weren’t there to admire the wonderful panoramic views although impossible they were to ignore on a shocking and surprisingly sunny weekend. This two day musical feast had course after course of fantastic local, national and international musical acts.

Soon after we arrived Horse took to the stage and sang her heart out, I’ve wanted to see her live since watching Will Young & Horse on The Quay Sessions with Edith Bowman. This was an excellent performance, superb vocals with some proper Fife banter between songs.

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Horse - Photo by Cat

Horse – Photo by Cat

Justin Currie still sounds great, I’ve a couple Del Amitri CD’s and was pretty chuffed to hear the man himself sing live.  Cat was amazed I knew the words and I was disappointed she didn’t, Justin and I were both rocking Double Denim and nailing it.

Justin Currie - Photo by Cat

Justin Currie – Photo by Cat

Justin Currie - Photo by Cat

Justin Currie – Photo by Cat

When The Feeling took to the stage the Party went to another level, playing all their big numbers and pleasing a bouncing crowd. Dan Gillespie Sells crowd surf through frenzied revellers was magic. The Feeling are very much at the top of their game and personally speaking their performance stole the show.

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

The Feeling - Photo by Cat

The Feeling – Photo by Cat

On their only UK tour date, Travis took to the stage and we were treated to hit after hit of their legendary songbook. This was another incredible performance and indeed an honour to see a band I’ve loved for many years but had never seen live. You could feel the Scottish pride throughout the crowd, this was very a special occasion and a fantastic end to day one.

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Travis - Photo by Cat

Travis – Photo by Cat

Our very own ‘Disco Prince’ Stephen was unable to resist the temptation any longer and decided to join us for Day Two at The Palace, I knew this would happen.

Soon after we arrived The Red Hot Chilli Pipers filled the stage with a fantastic wall of charismatic, immaculately presented kilted musicians. The crowd were loving it and “Bagpipe Rock” most likely was heard for miles, these guys know how to put on a show.

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Photo by Cat

Red Hot Chilli Pipers – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls fans were well represented in the crowd, they played a great set as we moved further into evening time. Roy Stride has an incredible talent which although I don’t always connect to the lyrics, his skill and voice are very impressive.

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls - Photo by Cat

Scouting For Girls – Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

Photo by Cat

By now everyone was in full party mode with massive excitement, anticipation and indeed acute Disco Fever building through the crowd of hungry music lovers present. I looked to the side and there was local woman Susan Boyle having a carryon and enjoying a night out and chatting to the various performers.

Evening fell into night and the DISCO was turned on and set alight with Nile Rodgers and Chic warming up the audience as night temperature fell . This wasn’t just the largest nor the poshest  disco in the world indeed this was the best, open air and atmospheric setting you could ever wish for. Nile Rodgers and Chic give us everything they had as these top shelf musicians, famous for their singing, dancing and some funky disco lights and general ‘boogieness’ finished off a spectacular evening and weekend that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace
Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic - Photo by Cat

Nile Rodgers & Chic – Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace Photo by Cat

Party at the Palace
Photo by Cat

Also performing over the weekend though before our arrival unfortunately were ‘Battle of the Bands’ Winners Apache Darling100 Fables who are just about to release their debut, Little Eye, Julie Fowlis and Jamie & Shonny who I just managed to catch the end of, these guys are incredible and have an amazing energy so I guess the lesson for next year would be to arrive early afternoon. Already plans are taking shape for next year, to keep up to date and ‘in the know’ visit: Party At The Palace.

 Joe