This show was one of my favourites from 2017 – Concert for Stewart at St Luke’s in Glasgow on 24 November. Loads of my favourite people and favourite musicians performing in tribute to Stewart Cruikshank, famed radio producer who was so generous over many years with his time and knowledge.
The concert poster below shows the blue plaque which appeared in Glasgow’s Byres Road shortly after his untimely and sudden death in 2015.
A pretty stunning line-up of talent there…
I hadn’t been to St Luke’s before and as it turned out, the 24th was the first cold night of the year. I waited about an hour for the bus from Edinburgh and found Glasgow well slippy, so was doing a good Bambi impression for much of the walk down to the venue. Being an old church, the ground outside is made of stone and was like an ice-rink. Zero coefficient of friction.
But what a lovely venue. Just past Barrowlands and a sort of mini-me Queen’s Hall, with great staff, service, drinks and prices. We’d booked a hotel at the far end of Sauchiehall Street as we were aware there was going to be a lot of music played that night – about three hours as it turned out. Lots of Dylan and Byrds references – Karine Polwart did a lovely version of “Make You Feel My Love.”
It was the first time I had seen The Pastels, who were amazing.
The picture below, courtesy of Sushil K Dade, shows the finale, with (from left) David Scott on piano, Stuart Nisbet on David’s guitar, (I Can’t Get No) Stevie Jackson on Rickenbacker 12-string, Jason McPhail, Rab Noakes and Emma Pollock on vocals, Justin Currie on pint, Kim Edgar, Chloe, Gerry Love on bass, John Hogarty and Duglas T.
Sushil is hosting this event in April, in Helensburgh…if only I still drove…