In The Forest, a four-piece combo from the south of England, opened tonight, with their set of slightly quirky folk numbers.
Not on paper likely to be BM’s cuppa but it has to be remembered that LNFG have a real way of spotting talent and have released their first couple of singles, so listen up! On tracks like ‘Sailing Out’ and ‘Means to an End’ the talent really shone through, the guys providing guitar and bass, and a bit of piano, with some lead vocals, and the women providing lead and backing vocals throughout. They were clearly chuffed to be welcomed on their first visit to Glasgow and the audience took to them as well – well worth checking out!
BM had also not seen LNFG artists Nicol and Elliot before – the male/female duo were augmented by keyboards, drums, guitar and bass in a rollocking set of indie/folk/Americana. There were tracks from current EP ‘The Storm’ in this 8-song set, along with bangers such as ‘Salt Lake City’. There is a wealth of playing and songwriting talent here, and again LNFG have spotted this and are nurturing it by the looks of things.
The headliners Gracious Losers appeared tonight as an 8 piece, with frontman Johnathan being backed by (BM thinks) Rory on bass, Martin on guitar, a drummer (whose name BM didn’t catch, sorry!), Derek on keyboards and no less than three female backing vocalists, including Johnathan’s sister John bandmate Amanda.
This was another band who hadn’t played live for quite some time and they ramped up the sound with gusto and relish… There were some hilarious moments when the backing singers decided to go their own way, much to Johnathan’s amusement…
In the main 14 track set there were tracks tonight from both the GL’s albums and again it was hard to say what the highlights were – possibly “Fire at the Bottom of the Sea” and ‘Reach on Me’, both of which invoked the spirit of Van Morrison (in his younger days), The Waterboys and a fistful of other influences through country, Americana and folk…
Such an occasion called for something of a finale, which came after the main set, when Johnathan invited members of the support acts up onstage for a “supergroup” rendering of The Byrds/Dylan’s ‘You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere’ which got everyone singing and foot-tapping. It’s this kind of communal moment which makes BM so glad to be out and about again, and this evening certainly lived up to expectations, and more.
Much respect to LNFG for taking chances on relatively unknown artists – this one certainly paid off in spades!