Thanks once again to Emma for her reviews:
Gilbert Anderson – The cap is back aka General Gilbert Anderson is on top form!! From a strong stage presence to a delicately beautiful performance by Gil he knows how to warm the heart strings up a little. ‘Fields of Gold’ played in his own grass roots style captured the attention of the audience, you believed every word and the depth to his voice with an idyllic waver really accentuated the song.
Hamish Roberts – One of the strongest performances I’ve heard from him to date, he was jamming with Gilbert before the session had even started, that’s dedication and hunger for more great music in my book. His breathy vocals meant he was singing purely from the heart and soul, awesome! His classical guitar style of playing is very unique, guitar playing at its best, he uses so many dynamic moves it’s hard to keep up, you end up getting lost in a sea of technical musical tangents.
Special guests – Sarah Jane Thomson & Andrew Lilley
These two are on the slippery road to success their songs are definitely in keeping with the genre of music that is floating around on the circuit just now, folk rock is on the up and up, come summer festival time everyone will be playing folk rock. Sarah’s music is unique in the fact that her strong Scottish vocals comes through solidly in the songs, her songs are easy to listen to and life as a young songstress is peachy. Andrew accompanied Sarah on acoustic lead guitar, filling in the gaps with some fab lead guitar moves as the songs progressed.
Sarah has had some awe inspiring success in the last year winning the chance to perform and meet Goldie in person through the BBC, she has a new EP out called Seasons Change which you can download from her website at sarahjanethomson.com. Check out her website online for more info of where she is playing next or add her on Facebook.
Blues/ Traditional folk Jam – Bruce MacGregor, Hamish Roberts, Emma Shearer
We always get to the blues jam section and have to think of new themes to sing about or new blues riffs to magic up on the spot. This week Emma sang in French for a bit of fun, different themes included struggling up mountains and about life’s trials and tribulations using blues and traditional folk riffs. Bruce swung in to action on his beautifully sounding violin and himself and Hamish played really well on stage together, it’s like they we’re almost having a conversation via their musical instruments, fantastic to listen to.