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Uncle Fester

Partick folk club 31st July

Once more I find myself at a venue I attend all too infrequently, the marvellous wee club run by Mick and Irene West each month in Partick. Theyíve moved to a new venue with a bigger room than the Annexe but theyíve not lost that unique atmosphere.
Friday was a singers/open stage night, and in Partick that means a wide range of talent and styles from singer songwriters to country and western covers, and even our own Catskinners turned up for a couple of songs, more of which later.
I think Mick managed to get about a dozen acts on the stage over the course of the evening, many of whom were excellent, and some of whom were a big surprise. The bill was peppered with time served  hands like Rab McLelland  and The Icing, and a few well kent session faces as well, but a real highlight for me was the revelation that was wee Kenny Russell the piperís amazing singing voice. Heís kept that well hidden, at least when heís been around the same places I have.

Duff bits; the guy in the hat who sang with his eyes shut and forgot his words, and the drunk woman who seemed to be in his entourage who kept shouting out and whooping like an idiot all night.

And Catskinner. What happened to you on Friday? A bit off the ball werenít you? Iíve heard you play a lot better than that!

So. Partick Folk Club: £6 at the door and a mug of soup at half time! Mickís got Jim Malcolm booked next month, which will be good. Itís time I started going there more regularly.

Uncle Fester.
Catskinner

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And Catskinner. What happened to you on Friday? A bit off the ball werenít you? Iíve heard you play a lot better than that!


Hahaha!

Everybody gets the odd off-night Fester, and mine was Friday.

Put it down to a combiniation of alcohol, stupidity (I kicked the wrong switch on my FX box and lost the guitar sound), and that gobby wifie in the front row that you mentioned. I'm usually ok with hecklers and arseholes that don't know how to behave, but she managed to annoy me more than most.

Put me right off my stroke.

hehe.
Rid Sonja

Hi Fester, I was there as well on Friday. †I agree with all your comments, but I would add that the soundman did a superlative job and that the soup was excellent! bounce
Onny

Ah wisnae there. Did I mention there was a great turnout at Dogmuck? No? OK.................

Anyway. I'm probably even more guilty of this than most in the last couple of years but it does seem unfortunate (at best) that Friday evening was the object of an attempted hijack by some, who for reasons of their own, contribute nothing by way of time, effort, energy or money to folk/ traditional music from one year's end to another except when their seeking to promote and already failed career or cheerlead that failure's fan club.

I'm sure Mick and Irene and the others involved in running the club were pleased by the turnout but (and I suspect like many other folk clubs) they'd probably prefer to see people showing up to support the music in general rather than just their own wee falling 'star' - gimmicky bunnet or no.
Jim King

Uncle Fester wrote:
...and the drunk woman who seemed to be in his entourage who kept shouting out and whooping like an idiot all night.


I heard about this, she's notorious for being a candidate for this year's (well, every year's really) Obnoxious Cretin World Championship. The problem is, of course, that because of the category system (racists, homophobes, disablists, xenophobes etc.) the organisers of the championships have always felt that she has an unfair advantage over all the other nominees. She appears to hate/fear everyone.

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