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FINDLAY NAPIER AT THE OLD KING'S HEAD, BELPER, 22ND FEBRUARY 2019

 
 
We were delighted to have Findlay Napier return to Belper for an evening of fine songs to open the Spring 2019 series of concerts at The Old King's Head, Belper on Friday 22nd February, 2019. It's not hard to see why Findlay was recently nominated in the "Live Act of the Year"  category at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, a great crowd witnessed a fine performance from him over two fantastic sets. Visit Findlay's website here.
 
The Phil Langran Band gave us an excellent set to open the evening and the crowd warmed to Phil's gentle, self depreciating humour and the band's excellent musicianship. You can visit the band's website right here.
 
 We were also joined at the end of Findlay's first set by Brendan Woodhouse, a  Nottinghamshire fire and rescue worker who told us of the remarkable work he and the team of Sea-Watch do in rescuing refugees from the Meditarranean Sea, he gave us all some food for thought on our attitude to these refugees. Please look up the organisation Brendan donates his time and holidays to and support if you can by visiting their webpage here.

 

A REVIEW OF THE NIGHT FROM EDWARD SILLS OF 'NAILED'

 
"Warm, comical, and a consummate storyteller Findlay Napier digs deep down to cover everything from imagined Justin Bieber Glaswegian romance to New York monument selling hustlers.
 
Findlay blends folk, indie, blues and Americana seamlessly together as he breathes life into vibrant characters of past and present, letting them inhabit the chip shops, train stations and torn down points of heritage of his home town. The Scot illuminates and elevates these natty narratives of everyday Glasgow life; ’Young goths in the Necropolis,’ meeting in secret in a Dennistoun cemetery; ‘Eddie Banjo,’ a homeless veteran with a one song repertoire; ‘George,’ an ode to an old mischievous schoolfriend’s late night weekend escapades.
 
Standouts are ‘The Locarno, Sauchiehall St 1928’ and the ‘Wire Burners’. The former is a nostalgic trip back in time to the Glasgow dance halls. Dance Halls, which Ian Jack describes as the ‘Tinder of their day,’ were abundant in 1950’s Glasgow and were the place where a huge majority of couples first locked eyes on each other. Back then there was no such thing as the cold anonymity of swiping left or right, but rather a tense standoff as you waited to know the answer to “can I take you home tonight?’
 
On ‘Wire Burners,’ co-written with frequent collaborator Boo Hewardine, he sings of the lost, lonely, ghostly figures of the Glasgow homeless who go from building site to site collecting scrap metal to sell. Lightly finger-picked along, the sombre song of monotony and misfortune tells a tale of people separated from you and I only by the “grace of God.”
 
Finishing his set with eponymous track ‘Glasgow’ from his 2017 album, the ode to his hometown rounded off a polished and nostalgic tour de force with a classic folk sing-along.
 
Then it was just a mere four butt numbing hours’ drive back home. I do not envy him."
 
Edward Sills
 
'NAILED' Belper Independent News
 
24/02/19
 

FINDLAY NAPIER WITH "GEORGE" AT THE OLD KING'S HEAD, BELPER

FINDLAY NAPIER CLOSING OUT WITH "GLASGOW" AT THE OLD KING'S HEAD, BELPER

THE PHIL LANGRAN BAND WITH "DUNMANUS BAY"

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