Bruce Findlay

Bruce Findlay
Schoolhouse Management, 42 York Place
Edinburgh, EH1 3HU
Tel: (+44) 131 557 4242

Bruce's Havers

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Aberfeldy's Christmas Cracker

'Denial'-Aberfeldy ABC2 Glasgow 22nd Dec.2008

Aberfeldy were excellent last week at Glasgow's ABC, ably supported by The Husseys, but it was at the Voodoo Rooms where they excelled. Another special mention for their support act, The Gillyflowers, who were very good indeed and I predict we will all be hearing lots more from Kirsten and co next year.

Vicky Gray, Aberfeldy. Photo: Julia Nicolle

As for Aberfeldy, well, they never cease to amaze me. Riley's new songs are so good and sit comfortably with Aberfeldy classics of old. Murray, Kenneth and Chris were solid as ever and Vicky and Lorna provided seamless harmonies on all songs as well as some neat fiddle and keyboards. Riley was on excellent form and all in all it was Aberfeldy back to their very best.

Torchlight Procession, Calton Hill. Photo: Julia Nicolle

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is coming up and what a start this year with the Torchlight Procession last night. Bigger than ever with fantastic fireworks and intriguing characters up on Calton Hill. Tonight is the dancin' in the Grassmarket and then of course the 'big one' on Hogmanay - can't wait!

Bruce's Havers

Friday, December 19, 2008


Photo - Julia Nicolle

Aberfeldy strut their stuff on Monday 22nd at the ABC Glasgow and then again at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on 23rd. I'll be going early on both nights to catch the opening acts......the Husseys in Glasgow and Gillyflowers in Edinburgh. I like what I have seen on their myspace pages and look forward to seeing them both live next Monday and Tuesday.

Primal Scream were sensational in Glasgow last week and even the SECC couldn't spoil a wonderful show with both the band and production at their very best....mmmmmmh.

I'm off for Christmas lunch with the lovely Regular Music team now.

Photo- Julia Nicolle

Bruce's Havers

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Simple Minds

What a great week for live music ..Simple Minds at the SECC..fantastic and then for Radio Clyde's 'Cash For Kids' at the very cool ABC in Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow on Sunday and didn't they play well. The last time they played 'The American' in Sauchiehall Street was the first time they played it live and that was at Tiffanys on Wednesday 14th July 1981, strangely enough for the same promoter, Regular Music. This was an amazing gig (Sunday) and 'vibe-wise' was just like 1981..lots of the same songs, same street, same crowd and they didn't look a day older (well ...maybe a bit)...what a show.

Tommy Reilly

Opening for 'The Minds' was a young Glasgow singer songwriter Tommy Reilly, who reminded me of a young Bob Dylan. I thought he was excellent and his 'wordplay' good humour and general performance in front of a knowledgeable and sophisticated crowd was something to out for young Tommy... he's a star.

Sober Tongues

On Saturday I was part of a panel judging a 'Battle of the Bands' gig at Edinburgh's newest venue, The Picture House in Lothian Road,which is not unlike the aforementioned ABC. This place was a venue in years gone by, but for the last decade or two it's been a 'cheesy' disco... welcome back, Edinburgh has needed you for a long time. The event, sponsored by the Edinburgh Evening News, was excellent and I was most impressed with all four finalists, Underbelly, 48, Rieser and Sober Tongues. The crowd was not large, but they were very enthusiastic and, like them, I was 'knocked out' by the sheer energy and attitude of Sober Tongues whose high energy 'punk' ethos won me over and they were worthy winners.

My football team won at the weekend and it was a joy to read Gordon Strachan's opinion of the game.......................get real Gordon... the best team won on the day and if you thought the first goal was a fluke then the second was 'pure magic'

Long live the revolution!
Bruce Findlay