Goosebumps on goosebumps

​Rave reports have been flooding in once again for last night’s third Roaming Roots Revue, which brought together the likes of Grant Lee Phillips, Rachel Sermanni, Howe Gelb, Ruth Moody, The Pierces and of course house band Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire, around the ever-so-slightly-conducive theme of harmony. Online praise included “God only knows that was good” - deftly referencing one of the night’s standout showstoppers -“goosebumps on goosebumps”, and the particularly memorable summation, “A big wan-singer-wan-song without the druncle” – which we think was approvingly meant.
There was another happy tweeter, too, after Mairearad and Anna’s opening set upstairs at the Strathclyde Suite, who described the duo as “totes amaze balls!” To appreciate her follow-up comment, though - “And much preferable to Jude Law!” – you probably had to be there. Mairearad and Anna were also all over the Festival Club last night – pretty much literally. Being the first act on, they were afforded the luxury of a sound-check, and so were there well before doors opened – giving their ever-enterprising agent plenty of time to plaster the Vic bar with the duo’s current favourite bit of promo: gin mats.
A snap of Anna posing with one featured in today’s rogues’ gallery of images captured by a certain ex-BBC producer, a daily record of Celtic shenanigans that’s already spreading the fear among late-night festival revellers, when they awaken in the afternoon to the dreaded Facebook greeting, “You have been tagged in a photo by…”
Alongside other club performances including the California Feetwarmers and New Road, there was also a lovely wee session going for much of the night in the downstairs bar: great to see that getting going. Though it was rather a shame that the young players involved got unceremoniously gazumped by another, perhaps starrier session kicking off at another table, after the upstairs room was cleared – a distinct breach of etiquette apparently instigated by a filmmaker in attendance, intent on recording some of his favourites at play.
The first early-birds have begun arriving for this weekend’s Showcase Scotland event, which in total will welcome over 200 international music-industry delegates, gathered to watch the cream of Scottish music in action and hopefully export it around the world. Look out, too, for an intriguing array of acts from New Zealand – Showcase Scotland’s international partner for 2015 – several of them performing for the first time on these shores.
Just to spread the word for any previously disappointed Mànran fans – their gig on the 31st has now been moved to the O2 ABC: original tickets still valid and more now available.
There’ll be plenty of folk lying low tonight – what with the first weekend under their belts, and a full fortnight of this nonsense still to go – but the after-hours fun begins again tomorrow with Folkytown at the Flying Duck, which hosts a Highland-flavoured session for this year’s opening night, before Wednesday’s appearance by the one and only Mystery Juice. Great craic, cheap drink and munchies from resident cook Ross Ainslie Harriet. The weekend starts here…