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Protected: Gigging Again! 2012/01/09

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Xmas Night Out 2011/12/17

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[Photo of We Were Promised Jetpacks taken at ABCO2 gig in Glasgow]Yesterday was my main client’s Christmas work’s lunch. The entire office (about 40 of the Glasgow team plus  contractors/ freelancers) booked a “boutique hotel” (whatever that is) on Bath Street, and we had the usual sporadically served, cold Christmas rubbish food one has come to expect after years of experience.  (more…)

The Barber of Seville 2011/10/28

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[The Barber of Seville poster Scottish Opera]Last night, Mummy Ruth and I went to see The Barber of Seville at the Theatre Royal, although I guess as it was sung in Italian (despite being set in Spain), it ought to have been called Il barbiere di Siviglia, but anyway.

Now, it has to be said that I saw The Barber of Seville done in Glasgow way back in the early 1990s, and was blown away.  It set (more…)

Inverse Fame 2011/10/03

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[Picture of an MTV logo]What a laugh – people have been getting in touch about Ruth playing guitar on MTV.  It was only a few seconds, but it is surprising how many people have seen it and got in touch. (more…)

La Traviata 2011/07/16

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Isn’t the Internet superb at times?

La Traviata website page from Aix en Provence festival 2011 (more…)

The Scottish Rigoletto 2011/05/15

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[Picture of Scottish Opera Rgoletto Poster]Mummy Ruth bought tickets for really good seats for “Rigoletto” at the Theatre Royal before Christmas, so we have been looking forward to this for quite a while.

It is difficult to get to proper opera with small children.  We make do with Classical Concerts for Children, but we cannot keep away forever, can we?  Scottish Opera is also — for us — still something of a gamble, when we remember “The Magic Flute” fiascos — but having said that,  “La Bohème” was pretty good, and “Tosca” was a good night out. Strange to think that these were BEFORE we were married — that’s seven years ago. Shockerooni! (more…)

Christmas Carnival 2010/12/12

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[Poster for Christmas Carnival with RSNO in Glasgow]Almost exactly a year ago we all went along to “Let it Snow!” at The Royal Concert Hall, so we decided to do it again.  Yesterday’s concert had no Nicola Benedetti, and it has not been a year since we last saw Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox, as we went (more…)

Heroes Versus Villains 2010/10/30

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[Picture of the kids at concert Hall]Last year we took the kids to the Royal Convert Hall to see “wacky” percussionists Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox with Nicola Benedetti in “Let It Snow!“, and today at 3pm we saw them again — in “Heroes versus Villains” Children’s Classic Concerts at the concert hall again. How appropriate; tonight we’re off to see one of Daddy Dave’s musical heroes in concert. (more…)

New Year’s Day Concert 2010/01/01

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Tradition is a wonderful thing, and thank goodness for the BBC! I just love the annual New Year’s Day Concert (more…)

Let It Snow! 2009/12/12

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[Picture of the Poster for Let It Snow]We were really looking forward to this afternoon’s “Standard Life: Let it Snow” at The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, presented by “wacky” percussionists Owen Gunnell and Olly Cox.

The Orchestra of Scottish Opera conducted by Gavin Sutherland with the help of  the Manor School of Ballet and members of Les Sirenes female choir– oh, and a special guest star — the fabulous Nicola Benedetti. (more…)

Rodrigo y Gabriela 2009/11/26

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[picture of Rodrigo y Gabriela tickets]Daddy Dave and I have been looking forward to tonight’s Rodrigo y Gabriela concert at the O2 Academy for ages. We had the babysitting logistics sorted, but we were nearly foiled by (more…)

Protected: Beverley Knight Returns 2009/11/08

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Grizzly Bear & St. Vincent 2009/11/02

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[Picture of St Vincent at O2ABC, 2009]Back in July we missed St.Vincent at Nice’n’Sleazy. So we were overjoyed when Donny told us Annie was playing again (so soon) — this time as support for Grizzly Bear at the O2ABC1.

How good was that? We’d been enjoying Veckatimest — don’t you just love it when the (more…)

Hawley Good Time 2009/10/12

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[Picture of Our Hawley tickets]I was buying tickets at the O2ABC a few weeks back, and while they sometimes sell tickets for gigs at The Old Fruitmarket, they didn’t have any for Richard Hawley.

Well, as often happens, life got in the way — and by the time we went on-line to get tickets, it was Sold Out. We were pretty disappointed.

Anyhoo — the gig was tonight, so we got papa and Charlie to babysit, and Ruthie and I nipped along to Candleriggs and got tickets at the door — brilliant tickets, and a pop at just £39 for two. (more…)

Hue and Cry at The ABC 2009/02/22

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[Picture of Hue and Cry tickets for Glasgow ABC]We’d both been really looking forward to the Hue and Cry gig we went to last night, not merely because we don’t get out together very much, but also because we’re both fans from back in the early 1990s.

Ruth and I know every word and (more…)

Looking For Pat and Greg 2009/01/09

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We are really looking forward to the Hue and Cry gig on 21st February, but good grief, has it really been over a year since Tommy Emmanuel  and Andy McKee at City Hall and Beverley Knight at the ABC (or ABC1 as there is now an ABC2)? We certainly don’t go out much!

I guess being careful in a credit crunch makes that much of a difference… er, wait, (more…)

Andy McKee and Tommy Emmanuel 2007/11/14

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[Picture of Tommy Emmanuel playing at Glasgow City Halls]The Tommy Emmanuel concert was tonight. It was fabulous — the whole thing was superb!

It is the first time I have been to The City Halls and the Old Fruitmarket in Candleriggs in Glasgow’s Merchant City since it was refurbished last year, and I was impressed with the place — what a lovely venue its Grand Hall is — it seats just a little over a thousand, and Ruth and I did not see an empty seat. There was a serious queue for (more…)

Beverley Knight at The ABC 2007/11/12

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[Picture of Beverley Knight gig at Glasgow ABC]We have been looking forward to the concert tonight for ages (see earlier post: Up-Coming Fun! Sat, 4th Aug 2007), but being a Sunday — and with Joobes and Chris in town for the weekend, we had a very busy day, and were rushing about trying to get ready when Mumsie and Alan arrived to babysit.

You couldn’t miss the venue as it was like a tour bus showroom out on Sauchiehall St. The venue itself is in the roofspace of the old ABC cinema, and is similar if a little smaller than the Barrowlands — and like the Barras, I felt for the crew having to drag heavy equipment up and down stairs.

There were three acts — (more…)

Car Audio 2006/07/17

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[Picture of Cassette Adapter]Over the years my cars have had a cassette radio built-in to the dash, and to play CDs, I would use a portable ‘Discman’ player and a small device that looks like a standard compact cassette with a wire sticking out of it. It was not ideal, but it allowed me to play CDs through the car’s audio system.

Now that I have a car with a CD player, I find that I wish I had the old cassette radio back! I prefer taking Ruth’s wee car BECAUSE it has a cassette radio — my cassette-wire device allows me to play my portable CD player (which can play burned CDs containing MP3 files), but more importantly, I can play my MP3 player directly into the car’s audio system!

Funny how things come full circle sometimes!

‘Oh! What a Night!’ 2004/11/10

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So, there we were, at the "Hit Show", 'Oh! What a Night', starring Kid Creole ('Brutus T. Firefly'), when — during the final number (ironically 'Burn, Baby, Burn') — the fire alarm went off and we were evacuated to St.Vincent St. to watch the Fire Engines screech to a halt outside.

At least it was not raining, and the crowds from the 'Theatre Royal' were soon allowed back in (it was a false alarm) for the troupe to finish their song! Super Troopers all of them.

They had just arrived in the UK, and this was their debut!

The real star of the show was the wonderful Hazel Payne ('Roxie Rochelle') — boy, can she sing! A fine pair of lung on that girl… any real fire she could have blown out all by herself!

We all were amused that the show featured a character named "Jack Vettriano" — did the writers not know that this is also the name of one of our most popular fine artists?

Tonight was fun indeed!

‘Tosca’ 2004/11/06

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Scottish Opera's 'Tosca' at the 'Theatre Royal' is the version envisaged by the late Anthony Besch — so I simply had to see how this thriller could be changed from the original Napoleonic occupation of Rome to the fascist era of the 1930s under the direction of Aidan Lang.

'Tosca' is always a risk to stage; it can all-too-easily turn into a farce — so it's always worth while turning up in case 'it all goes terribly wrong'! (more…)

‘Maroon 5’ 2004/11/04

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One of the gifts I got for Ruth's birthday was the 'Maroon 5' album 'Songs about Jane'… unfortunately for her, I've been listening to it rather a lot; it's actually rather good (I'd no idea who they were or what their songs were like beforehand).

There are a couple of songs that are very similar in key, tempo and melody, and therefore are separated by other tracks. (more…)

Abe-L 2004/08/14

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Last night, we scooted over to St.Cuthbert's Parish Church, 5 Lothian Rd., Edinburgh to see the famous bassist, Abraham Laboriel play a Festival 'Fringe' gig.

They came on after 22:00, and everything seemed to have gone wrong (well, it was Friday-the-13th!). Midway through the set, the power failed, (more…)

Cheesy ‘Footloose’ 2004/05/23

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"They Dared to Dance!"

We got tickets to see the 'Footloose' cheezefest (footcheesefest?) on tour at 'King's Theatre', Glasgow at 20:00.

This musical is footloosely based on the Kevin Bacon 1984 film complete with catchy hit record by Kenny Loggins, if I remember rightly. (more…)

‘La Bohème’ 2004/05/01

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Ambivalence edged with trepidation is not the ideal pre-theatre menu, but that is the deal with 'Scottish Opera' and the 'Theatre Royal' lately.

Oh-for-the-old-days of 1990! Back then, when you bought a ticket you also bought anticipated excitement of a great night out — and 'Scottish Opera' delivered the goods with the likes of their absolutely brilliant 'Barber of Seville' and more besides.

It started going wrong when (more…)