Yesterday was a big day for little N. We took her to her first gig. She’s seen bands at other events but this was the first one where the sole reason to go was to see a specific band.
The band is a 2/3 Scottish one called Lau. We’d had their first CD on in the car quite a bit when travelling so N was well used to hearing them and keen to see them live.
Anyway, it was great. Here’s a little number of their’s:
N seemed to love the show. We expected her to be the youngest there but she wasn’t. There was a little lad there who looked about 5 years old. Both kids behaved impeccably. Until this lad needed to go and get ready for bed. He zoomed off with his mum and came back a little later.
“It’s a bit dark mummy” he said very loudly on his return.
Then, not 1 minute later, he announced that he needed the loo. And stomped off down the stairs with mum again.
And all of this in a room with an average age of about 70. So I expect there was harumphing and gnashing of teeth. Folk concerts really aren’t best served by younger people.
Once the show was over we headed out into the foyer to hear a rousing song ongoing. I’ve no idea what song it was but there were plenty of folk joining in (more at the chorus) – was a lovely thing to see and hear. Not the sort of thing you’d ordinarily see at a show.
Anyway, if they’re coming anywhere near you then they’d be worth a see.
I’ve recently been listening to a large backlog of a podcast from the Beeb called “Tom Robinson Introducing” or “Fresh on the Net” depending on what they feel like. Highly recommended as every week you get an hour or so of tunes from generally unsigned artists. It can be a little 2 guitars and an indie sensibility sometimes but there’s an occasional gem.
The last couple I’ve listened to had a pair of gems though.
First is Lail Arad with Winter.
(MySpace (remember that?) has the recorded version as well as a couple of other tracks.)
Next is Gypsy Hill with Balaka.
Just for extra fun the band wot supported the Fall at the gig we saw in Manchester also have a couple of live vids on Youtube. This one’s title gets mentioned quite a lot in conversation, usually with the same intonation as the singer.
Hmm. Lots of possibilities here. How young? When I was very small apparently I was very happy to keep repeating “Nice One Cyril” over and over again (although I have no memory of this). But frankly putting that on here would make me very sad.
How about the first 7″ single I ever bought with my own money? Here you go then:
Oh and this is from the first grown-up album I ever had, mum and dad bought it for me on a trip to London: