Talented Scottish singer and artist, Sandra MacBeth, has a lovely new website and I’m proud to have some of my images featured. Here’s a glimpse of Sandra in action, with Lorna Thomas on bass, supporting the legendary Horse on her ‘Home’ tour late last year.
Despite the UK’s recurrent inability to deal with the annual winter snowfall, it has been an amazing week for me, with music lifting my spirits.
At the weekend, I was fortunate enough to see HORSE play her homecoming gig at Glasgow City Halls, which wraps up her “Same Sky 2010” tour. An amazing performer, in an amazing venue, with an equally amazing crowd. So, the Scots like to dance, eh?!
Wednesday saw a very snowy trip to Hebden Bridge to see HEATHER PEACE perform at The Trades Club. Heather was on fine form, despite a very long and tedious week driving the UK’s snowbound roads, and it was great to hear her sing more of her own songs.
An added treat was JILL JACKSON, who performed also at the Trades, both with Heather and solo. I’ve been wanting to see Jill for some time and I can say…I was not disappointed. Hugely talented and very entertaining. Jill and Heather also worked really well together, and subtely complimented each other.
So, as you’ve probably guessed, photo’s on their way shortly….
Here’s an amazing singer I was fortunate enough to hear at Manchester Pride this year and it’s easy to see why she has such a strong following and successful career, and her songs covered by the likes of Will Young.
Twenty years after the release of her debut album “The Same Sky”, Horse, and her band, are currently touring and playing the entire album plus other favourites. I went along to the gig at The Boardwalk, Sheffield, and was lucky enough to catch the soundcheck too. Private concert!
To check out tour dates and other info’ go to http://www.randan.org
And so, as promised, a post dedicated to the Women’s Stage event at Manchester Pride.
Many amazing and diverse acts performed, from the side-splittingly funny Jen Brister and Sarah Adams, the wonderfully melodic Second Hand Wings, the rich musical talent of Horse, to name but a few. Everything ran really smoothly thanks to the fabulous hosting skills of Claire Mooney and Rosie Lugosi, who both also performed. All rounded off with Think Pink!, a tribute act who soon got the crowd dancing.
A new addition was the Drag King competition, which was judged by staff and patrons of Manchester Pride, including actress and singer Heather Peace, who was due to also perform, but had, sadly, lost her voice. Heather was gracious enough to donate her time elsewhere… judging the competition and having her photograph taken with her many adoring fans. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding this talented actress and her forthcoming BBC drama “Lip Service”. Grab her while you can. So to speak!