Yeah, you know the joke but it’s worth remembering as everyone dreads that awful moment in any live set when (hitherto unremarkable) musicians are thrust into the spotlight. It’s fine until the drums do stop and …they take a (bass) solo.
The great records we love have often included some spectacular contributions from these [...]
I was trying to remember some of my more obscure songs this week for a project I have in mind later in the year. (provisionally titled ‘Ricky Bores People With Some Very Obscure Songs,’ but it needs a little tweaking) I was remembering a moment when my old friend Graeme Kelling phoned me to tell me his illness had come back. I was [...]
The AC audience are an eclectic bunch with healthy catholic taste in music. But occasionally we’ll get a digital upturned eyebrow pointed in our direction based around music we’ve chosen to play. (Sometimes I think we should get more!) If this happens it always revolves around the theme of what country music is and isn’t. T [...]
Here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to get shirty. I’ve been quietly ignoring these be-hatted troubadours who want to sing about their trucks and beer then add insult to injury by insinuating that these are the very traits that drive women to distraction. Lads – stop it now, it’s not big and it’s [...]
Been to any parties lately? Was there any singing going on? We went to a great one at New Year. There was a few singers in the room and everyone was doing a part piece.Then the unexpected happened. Somewhere from behind me I heard a voice I didn’t expect start on a song I couldn’t imagine anyone delivering. It was a moment I will [...]
There was a fair amount of hoo-ha about Bob Dylan‘s new album the other week. People who haven’t followed the nuances of his career were as mystified as one of my old chums at the BBC in Edinburgh who simply asked, ‘Is it true?’
Yes, it’s true and it’s rather good. I have two pointers: When I really first [...]
On Tuesday evening we went to the Royal Conservatoire to perform a couple of songs for a very special man. More about him in a moment, but first the occasion. It was a surprise honorary graduation for a citizen from Glasgow and, as well as luminaries from the Conservatoire, the City had sent along a Baillie from the council to make a speech o [...]
When Rodney Crowell first visited us a few years ago now he’d just brought out the wonderful, Sex and Gasoline. He came into a tiny studio on a cold January and, a matter of inches away played me songs, from the new album which we broadcast as a very special live session.
We talked through all the usual back stories and Rodney didnR [...]
I’ve bored about this a few too many times so I’ll try not to repeat myself. But there is a phenomenon over in Tennessee which we try to emulate every year at Celtic Connections time. It’s called, ‘The Round’ and it is as simple a format as you could hope to enjoy anywhere. Four songwriters sit in a circle and s [...]
This week’s blog mainly goes out to my old chum, Gary Clark. Gary was on tour with us many years ago and I was admiring the sound of his wonderful backing singers one day.
‘They sound good Gaz,’
‘They do Ricky, but the thing is….’
‘They dinna ken any sangs.’
I looked puzzled for a w [...]