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Jim King



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 1:58 pm    Post subject: Acoustic Zone, Glasgow Show  Reply with quote

I posted this elswhere but thought some peole here might want to know. I had a great weekend, possibly the best in the last four years at this event. The acoustic zone at The Glasgow Show has previously been somewhat of a poor relation to most of the other things that happen over the weekend with very little attention being paid to promoting it.

Although I have been filling and compere-ing for the last three years, this was the first time I took on organising it myself and I was keen that we should get a higher profile. I'm glad to say we succeeded with people settling down in the grassed area that was our audience space, rather than simply stopping for a moment before wandering by to some other attraction. Saturday afternoon was good until the heavens opened at around 4:00 which forced us to pull the plug on the Easy Orchestra (we were running from an open front mobile stage and the rain was blowing straight into it) only 20 minutes into their set.

However, yesterday the weather was perfect with the sun breaking out regularly and cloud cover occasionally giving us a little respite from the heat. Steven Clark and The Chocolate Fire Guard (his new band) kicked off the show with an hour of Steven's wickedly good songs. When he was singing his song about the Darien adventure, I was sitting next to a firemen (they were doing community awareness stuff on a plot right behind our stage and he came in for a listen) and he asked me if I knew what "the big yin's singing about". I briefly outlined the connection between the Darien expedition and the Act of Union, to which the fireman said "fuck me, guid music an a histry lessin annaw. Kin Ah find oot mair if Ah google that?".

The second act of the show was Clova. They are usually a trio but had to do the gig without their fiddle player. Despite this Martin and Colin performed an astonishing set of mostly original songs and probably saw the biggest audience of the weekend for about the second half of their act. For two guys with a guitar and a mandolin they made an awfully big noise.

Headlining was The Easy Orchestra. Difficult to describe this trio, but they perform pop covers in their own unique, easy listening style that often takes you by surprise, but they do it with incredible wit and skilful musicianship. When you hear a song like Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols) played like it was a Bert Bacharach classic, it has you re-think a whole load of stuff.

So, a weekend of highlights but I'll share one moment with you. Yesterday, while The Easy Orchestra were playing, most of the fire crew from Strathclyde's Finest were having a well deserved break lazing on the grass near our stage enjoying the music and some good coffee (this is an alcohol free family event BTW). Mark, lead singer with the band, introduced the next song as a dedication "to our dance troop who have the afternoon off. You'll see them stretched out on the grass there in their snazzy blue costumes with the fluorescent yellow trim. Hi guys, this is just for you." They then struck up with a Jimmy Somerville song and the audience nearly choked.

All being well, I'll do it again next year.
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Onny



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The idea of an alcohol free Glasgow Green is astonishing.
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Rid Sonja



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad it was a good event, Jim.  I know that others enjoyed it as well.  We unfortunately got caught up in the Saturday rain and decided to leave early.  Came home to a slow-cooked casserole..always welcome after a day out. clown
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Jim King



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mmmm. Sounds good. I went home Saturday to an large egg flan (sorry, I can't spell quiche).

Regards others enjoying themselves, before we pulled the plug in the rain storm, a mutual friend from sunnyD was one of only three soaked souls braving the deluge to hear the band. That's commitment for you.
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Rid Sonja



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
sorry, I can't spell quiche


and there, you just did... bom

As for our pal from SunnyD, I understand the whole family had a great day out, despite the rain...hardy souls...must be living on the East Coast that does it..
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jim King wrote:
Mmmm. Sounds good. I went home Saturday to an large egg flan (sorry, I can't spell quiche).

Regards others enjoying themselves, before we pulled the plug in the rain storm, a mutual friend from sunnyD was one of only three soaked souls braving the deluge to hear the band. That's commitment for you.


Not even Cilla Fisher could have dragged me out of the house on Sunday.
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Effie



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Location: Sunny Dunfermline, the Kingdom of Fife :D

PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We were that close to coming again on Sunday, believe it or not, my Contact A Family hoodie is still wet (ok damp ) round the cuffs...

We all loved the Show, and we'll definitely be back next year.
Dancing around in the rain to the Easy Orchestra was a real laff riot.
The ladies next to us with the two wee laddies were doubled up laughing at the carry on of one of them who began using one of the chairs as a make shift puddle to splash in, and indeed sat down in it too, promptly doubling the size of his nappy!

I laughed like hell when that chap appeared with the mop and bucket. I know there was a serious concern about the rain with all the equpiment and electrics and safety, but it seemed so deeply sarcastic in the face of the deluge.

I don't think we're particularly hardy with respects to rain, we're more used to windier and colder weather than in the West. I'm just a bit bonkers more like. But what fun! I do believe young Mark took some video footage with his mobile. I'd love to see what it looked like from his perspective!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We bought Mr Sonja's Father an mp player for his 80th birthday.We found one that's incredibly easy to use  and loaded some cd's onto it so that he could use it until he either got fed up with it and stopped using it, or until we could take a laptop up on one of our visits and load some other cds and talking books onto it.  Yesterday was the day we could get it off him long enough to put more media on it... flower

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