I was delighted to get over to Glasgow last night for Linden’s show at The Poetry Club.
Linden is the new project from Joe McAlinden, who has been out of music for too long, essentially invisible since the demise of his last (excellent) band Superstar. I don’t know the reasons for that and it doesn’t really matter, because happily for us all, a penny must have dropped for Joe in the last year or so; it became important to him to make and share music again.
The Bleached Highlights album was the first fruit of the new work and was released during the summer; last night’s show was Joe’s first band performance in about ten years, playing Bleached Highlights from start to finish.
It was, as they say, a good vibe; and The Poetry Club, owned by artist Jim Lambie is a truly fine venue.
Linden’s next show is scheduled for 15 December; it’s literally a home game at Inver Cottage in Argyll, where Joe has run a restaurant for many years. Sadly, I won’t make it, but I think the water-wings might be off soon and Joe will be ready to tour a little…
Steam train feature in The Poetry Club