Paddy Glasgow was on the show, talking about the ever-inspiring Glasgowbury festival and his singular mission to bring joy and vernacular tunes to Eagle's Rock. He's currently clearing the site and is making a bit of a sideline out of sheep dung, garden fertiliser of the gods.
Paddy mentioned a band called Farago that had previously graced his festival. I vaguely recall them as a reasonable combo, fond of their Americana. Then they had a rethink, rebranded as Little Bear, took Conor Mason as a keyboard hostage and became amazing.
The Other Voices TV gig was quite the windfall as Two Door Cinema Club cancelled and Little Bear were called from the subs bench. Since then, support has been unerring and when I recently saw them at the Black Box in Belfast during the Open House Festival, it was a proper fan convention. The band responded with a string quartet, a deal of beautiful tunes and the best encore of 'Devil Is A Songbird'. No amplification, just the harmonies, the strings, some whistling, audience fever and a jangle of keys instead of a cymbal flourish. An Elbow moment, if you will. So happy I was there.
Bobby Bland – Turn On Your Love Light (Ace)
Talking Heads – Love Goes… Building On Fire (Sire)
Little Bear – The Devil Is A Songbird (Live, Music City Day at the Glassworks)
Runaway Go – I Would Go (white)
Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm (CBS)
Motorama – Warm Eyelids (Talitres)
Sigur Ros – Raftsraumur (XL)
Bjork – Venus As A Boy (One Little Indian)
Bobby Bland – These Hands (Ace)
Rolling Stones – Mixed Emotions (Rolling Stones)
Deerhunter – Dream Captain (4ad)
Belleville A Cappella Choir – David Was A Shepherd Boy (Rounder)
Sigur Ros – Hra Fntinna (XL)
Biggles Flys Again – Morning (white)
Joshua Burnside – Half Holmes (white)
Bruce Springsteen – Meeting Across The River (CBS)
Ruth Moody – Dancing In The Dark (True North)
Survival Bag – The Rain Sings (white)
Slaid Cleeves – Voice Of Midnight (Music Road)
Bjork – The Anchor Song (One Little Indian)