Category: Music

Big Country – Louth Town Hall 26th October 2018

Same, but different

Although I’ve not seen Big Country obsessively (I’m probably just into double figures) I have managed to see them in quite a few guises over the years. 3 or 4 times with Stuart Adamson (the last being the Final Fling tour at Leeds in 2000), once as a 3 piece with Tony Butler singing (Leeds Rios), a couple of times with Mike Peters and now with Simon Hough.  Obviously, no lineup is going to meet the power of Stuart Adamson but I’ve enjoyed them all. read more

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Hugh Cornwell, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 4/2/12

Great gig last night – I have a serious headache this morning. Got into Huddersfield at about 3.30pm – Nipped into the first pub we found for a quick pint (big mistake). Next thing we know the landlady is bodyslamming a punter into the wall – I check the time – its 3.50pm – wonder what the entertainment in here is like at chucking out time!! Finishing our pints and dodging flying bodies we make our way towards the venue in time for the soundcheck. Had a brief chat with a nice chap from Derby (never did get your name!) and his son who were both happy to be able to meet Hugh. Hugh appears, coffee and biscuits in hand (where’s  ours?!) and eventually we get down to picking out the encores – We’re given a choice between 5 Stranglers and 5 solo songs – we can choose 2 of each. I let father and son choose the Stranglers tracks (they choose ATS and Peaches) Lammy chooses Cadiz and I go for “Street called Carrol”. read more

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Stiff Little Fingers, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh 1st July

A sold out Liquid Rooms on a Sunday night. SLF still command a following.

It’s been a while since I last saw SLF. Going back a few years to an electrifying gig at Glasgow Barrowlands on St Patricks night. At the time the crowd were shouting out for “Gotta Getaway” much to the annoyance of Jake Burns. But this evening without any prompting the band rip into it. It’s a greatest hits setlist with a few “new” ones along the way and some rare live outtings from Now Then (“Is That What You Fought The War For?”).
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