2011 is over, and I was chuffed to get a copy of Kerrang's album of the year - Mastodon's "The Hunter" right at the death of the year, in HMV in Perth on the 31st December, and also chuffed to see that I had managed to pick up some of "Jazzwise" magazine's best albums of the year almost by accident, like Kurt Elling's "The Gate" (onwhichhe covers a King Crimson song) and Miles Davis "Live in Europe 1967 The Bootleg Series Vol 1" which admittedly was a Christmas present, but since it contains 3CDs and 1 DVD of the famous five quintet playing live, then thank you, Santa.

Before I forget, a belated happy new year to you, lang may yer lum reek, as the saying goes. As the title of this blog would suggest, going to concerts in 2012 has already started with a recent trip to the Barrowlands to see Thin Lizzy in concert. Not that I'm a huge fan, but the real reason was to see Clutch who were in support, and they didn't disappoint, playing numbers like "50000 Unstoppable Watts" and my favourite "Burning Beard" in their playlist before heading into town to play a free set at "Bar Bloc". Lizzy, on the other hand came across almost like a tribute band, with three members from their classic 1970s and 1980s line-ups - Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton - and some younger guys making up the group, including Ricky Warwick on vocals with an accent that strayed between Scots and Irish, but sounding remarkably like the late Phil Lynott when he sang.

Last night was the first of this year's "Celtic Connections" gigs, this time at Oran Mor to see Donald MacDonald and the Islands, supporting Niteworks. The former came over like a cross between Paulo Nutini and Mumford and Sons; while the latter sounded like the sons of the "Peatbog Faeries" - folk music meets club music, for a foot-stomping, head-nodding, jumping about set. I loved it, and bought the Niteworks EP on my way out, and was a bit confused to receive a card with a downloadable code rather than an actual CD.

Next up, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins. Then the Peatbog Faeries!

By: Ian Hunter On Sunday, 22 January 2012 Comment Comments( 0 ) Hits Views(10213)