Not many of us realise what it’s like to be a refugee, myself included, and this gig which opened Refugee Week Scotland, gave us a little insight, as well as providing a fun night with quality music. All the boxes were successfully ticked.
Some of Fence’s finest were out in force and this Fife Collective of merry men and women proved a perfect match for this event – because the Fence ethos is all about community and inclusiveness. You’re likely to get a piece at any Fence door, even if you have to sing or play for your supper.
The night kicked off with Glasgow-based Randolph’s Leap, fronted by singer-songwriter Adam Ross, who sounds a perfect addition to the Fence roster with their folk-tinged pop. They ended their set with a cute little song called Crisps and proved they’re well worth checking out.
The Pictish Trail followed with the always affable Johnny Lynch, also Fence co-founder, who was going to “let his hair down” and his set surprised as this often gentle balladeer showed some muscle with a more rock-infused set, showcasing songs from forthcoming album Secret Soundz Vol.2, including standout Of Course You Exist. At one point he went all sort of “Hot Chip” and stood at a keyboard tinkering away with lots of electronic sounds which sounded like a throwback to an 1980s disco.
To remind us of the purpose of the night, a touching film was aired. The vastness of the Old Fruitmarket silently listened and watched as the refugees’ stories provoked a few moments of thoughtfulness and quiet introspection.
Then it was all hail to the King of Fife, King Creosote (aka Kenny Anderson). Sometimes King Creosote gigs evoke nights of lovely gentle sea shanties along with a few raucous tunes but tonight it was more a full scale shindig. The dancing started at the back of the upstairs balcony and then the party moved downstairs to the front of the stage. It seemed to fire up the King who was in fine voice. He responded with a storming fast-paced set list which included old favourites You’ve No Clue and Nooks, as well as songs from current EP I Learned From The Gaels. The rousing closer Little Man featured the vocals of Gummi Bako. And even when the pace slowed down on the gorgeous lilt of John Taylor’s Month Away from Diamond Mine, KC’s Mercury nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Kenny saying “It gets a bit faster, bear with me”, the crowd somehow managed to keep on dancing, swaying around with arms in the air.
Refugee Week Scotland 2012 runs until June 24. For more information see: Refugee Week Scotland 2012
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