Monday May 9, 2016
Glasgow in the summer time is a special place. Aside from the weather I'm talking places to eat, attractions to see, parks to walk in, and so many interesting things to peruse. And there are Musicians to watch! Wait a minute. That's a novel idea, and something Glasgow excels at.
I was taking these photos, when a 'Glesga' man comes over and says “Hey Big Man.” - in Glasgow, all males are 'Big Man'. “Why are you playing in a wee cycle shop cafe?” I admire his honesty and he's looking at me as if I've just told him I don't like chips. The conversation didn't go much further but it did make me think that I should tell you all why we're playing Siempre.
These days I love playing in a space where people can come along and enjoy listening to music. After all, isn't that what every musician anywhere in the world is trying to do? To find an audience and be listened to? Quirky spaces and different environs to listen to performances is the way forward for me. It becomes unique when it's a small and intimate place, not only for the musos, but for the audience too. It becomes a one off and everyone feels part of the performance. It's memorable and special. That's the idea anyway.
There are so many so-called gigs out there. Some are fine but, as a general rule, attempting to control a room of people who are trying to get served alcohol when I'm armed only with an acoustic guitar is no fair match. Ask any performer. The bar always wins, we sing louder, they talk louder and before you know it I'm hoarse, they're pissed and we all end up with sore heads.
When I was asked to be part of the West End Festival I didn't have to think too hard about it. It's always a privilege to play in your hometown. I've watched the festival grow and love the way it has become a big part of the Glaswegian Summer.
So, come on then and be part of my summer in Glasgow. Sit down and enjoy the music in a lovely place. Have a coffee, a glass of wine, a scone or two and we can all get to know each other. That's how it should be.
Guest blog post by Graeme Clark, Wet Wet Wet.