May 4, 2018
John Grant with the BBC Philharmonic : Live In Concert
I was totally amazed when I received this unexpected gift. I’ve been a fan of John Grant and his music for several years now, but have never had the opportunity to see him perform live. That changes at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival in August, because I have a ticket to see him then. I’d mentioned this to my friend Jeff, who is also a fan of Mr Grant and has seen him live several times I think. Not long after our correspondence, this sumptuos piece of grey-green vinyl arrived. I hurriedly unwrapped it and put on to my turntable.
Apr 15, 2018
Usher Hall, Edinburgh – 14 April 2018
On Saturday 14 April I wandered along to the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, with my regular gig-partner Patrick, to see Public Service Broadcasting. I was rather intrigued to see this band live, as I couldn’t envisage how they would replicated their music live. But before the main event started, we were treated to an equally enthralling set by Jane Weaver and her band. I didn’t realise that she was supporting them. So it was an evening full of surprises.