Review of Glenn Tilbrook on the Grassroots stage at Belladrum, 8th of August, 2014.

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” I just knew that this was a set worth hanging around for”

There was something about Glenn Tilbrook when he walked on stage that I just knew that this was a set worth hanging around for. That ‘something’ was a smile as wide as the stage itself. His effervescence was contagious as he hooked and drew everyone in with opener ‘Best of Times’.

 It was only fitting that he drew on the Squeeze back catalogue as his infectiousness gave rousing applause for each song almost to the point that he wanted the audience to stop. ‘Up The Junction’ was even extended to accompany an impromptu sing-a-long. Songs from recent album ‘Happy Ending’ were equally well received as were the stories behind them such as ‘Persephone’.

 Glenn, showing his age, mentioned that he never really liked those father and son acts that you saw on Opportunity Knocks but then went on to introduce his son Liam to the audience. Liam then showed his prowess on his electric guitar and then joined his father to accompany him on ‘Take Me I’m Yours’.

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“everyone heard a favourite tonight”

He also made later return which brought further rapturous applause. Glenn described his son as ‘keen’ which is a bit of an understatement in describing a young lad who has the ability of a seasoned musician. Oh just one other thing, Liam is eleven!

 Over the set Glenn switched between electric and acoustic guitars as a wave of nostalgia filled the tent as he went between his solo material and his Squeeze collection. Whether it was ‘Slap and Tickle’, ‘Is That Love?’, ‘Tempted’ or one of the many others, everyone heard a favourite tonight. Or at least it sounded like it as Glenn left the stage.

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Chartered surveyor by day, music reviewer by night, and occasionally I get to use my camera. A strange mix, but one that I enjoy. A chance meeting in the queue for Bella in 2010 led to the opportunity to write for InvernessGigs; a far cry from the days of writing for a football fanzine back in the late 80s, early 90s. My interests lie between the mainstream, the emerging and the local. Increasingly I find that we have more than enough locally to entertain us to necessitate a trip south. I’m always happy to give a listen, whatever the genre. Inverness has a plethora of talent, all of which I am more than keen to write about. If it encourages just one person to make the effort to listen to some new music I’ll be happy. You can contact Frank direct via