Review of Poor Things on the Seedlings stage  at Belladrum, 8th of August, 2014.

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“Tonight’s vigour entertained a crowd up for a bit of banter “

Opening at pace, and when do they not, Poor Things laid into Halcyon Days. It was more than just pace tonight but volume with the addition of an extra guitar in the guise of Corrie from Pinact who added an extra dimension, or as they put it ‘beefier, generally meatier and better all round’. I couldn’t have put it better myself.

Not that there was ever anything lacking, apart from a guitar amp on the last appearance at Mad Hatters, in a Poor Things set.

Tonight’s vigour entertained a crowd up for a bit of banter even down to asking for them to repeat sing titles. I’m not sure what’s difficult to remember about ‘The Drunk Man Considers the Royal Wedding in Kelvingrove Park’.

So Poor Things were extra meaty today, not that you could ever class them as lightweight, and it worked very well.

Overall it was a good festival for the boys, they even were able to take the memory of the dancing granny from the Singing Kettle away with them.

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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