Tom McGuire mostly comes through with lo-fi and atmospheric, soulful, bluesy folk ballads with some oddballs thrown in. ‘Untitled’ is the ultimate in blues rock revivalism; Led Zeppelin’s influence is clear but with a marked symphonic tinge to it. His vocals are charming and full, but at once almost bleak.
23/03 – King Tut’s
I am not a rap fan. I never have been and until very recently, I thought I never would be. However, Prose made me reconsider all my previous assumptions about the genre. Prose are a Manchester based trio, focusing on the trials and tribulations of early childhood with storming, sometimes painfully sweet lyrics.
Jimmy Donaghy caught up with the Indie-folk star to chat about artistic freedom, and why it’s never too late to figure things out for yourself.
Your first album was recorded largely by yourself on no budget, and the new album has the funding of a big label, how did that affect the writing process for you?
O2 Academy, 24/02/16
Lucy Rose opens her set by herself with an acoustic guitar, and plays a gentle ditty to warm the crowd up for a modest set of folk-pop tunes which she croons through without any ceremony.
Rose’s voice is her biggest attraction in her live show, a wonderful instrument in itself, but on this evening it seemed to lack the emotional depth achieved in her recorded work. Perhaps touring has taken its toll, but when her voice is such a crucial part of her craft, it leaves the show feeling flat when not there.
VILLAGERS – ORAN MOR – 2/2
Conor O’Brien writes some of the most beautiful indie folk music around these days, so it’s only right that he takes to the stage in arguably Glasgow’s most beautiful music venue, the Òran Mór’s stunning Auditorium. Originating in the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire in County Dublin, quite a few of Villagers’ songs naturally centre around the ocean, and hearing these played live under the gorgeous deep blue ceiling mural by Alasdair Gray just feels so very right.