The Beths, The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13/5/19

The Beths, The Mash House, Edinburgh, 13/5/19

  I've been a mess of late... Health problems...physical and mental. Burn out at work. A invisible weight pushing me down...down...down... Salvation can come from unusual sources. Sunlight bathes the cobbles of the Cowgate as I wend my way to the Mash House to bend the knee and doff my cap to Kiwi jazz enthusiasts [...]

The Selfish Jeans…Talking at Gigs

The Selfish Jeans…Talking at Gigs

Sonya Madan is a quiet, near serene, presence on stage. Possessed of a calm and peaceful form of confidence that comes from knowing that just because you are talented you don't have to be arrogant. Nice. When someone like that is driven to say... "If you wanna talk...please fuck off." Please. Even in that moment...good [...]

Nigel Thomas, Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh – 2/5/19

In the shadows of the castle with rain falling hard on the hum-drummiest of humdrum Scottish cities I make my way into the dark, narrow, confines of one of the myriad tiny live music venues that make up the Cowgate. I could have stayed at home, tucked up all nice and cosy with a Netflix [...]

Sleeper, Kentish Town Forum,13/4/19

Sleeper, Kentish Town Forum,13/4/19

I am not a young man. My body has been battered and bruised these past few years by a chronic health condition.  I live with constant physical pain.  That has taken its toll on my mental and emotional health too. Boo, and indeed, hoo. Everyone has problems...burdens to bear. Crosses to carry to their own [...]

Losing Myself…

Losing Myself…

February 1994 saw Suede return to the UK after a series of concerts in the States. These live dates were there first UK appearances since Glastonbury in 1993...a festival where they shared the bill with Rolf Harris, The Saw Doctors and something called Superchunk. The first of these UK dates provided people like me with [...]