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October 7, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm£ 8
After a 12 year hiatus Paisley born singer musician Neil Thomson returns with a new folk inspired cd ‘Gandiegow’ which covers a variety of subjects including bird (and people) migration, ceilidh dancing, hedgehogs, sectarianism, wood for burning, clipper ships and the clydebank blitz.
GANDIEGOW: A squall of wind and rain, a heavy shower. Cf. Gandaguster.In pl.:“appearance on sea to ‘eastert’ before a heavy gale” (Bwk.(Eyemouth) 1916). Scottish National Dictionary (1700-).
The recording features fingerpicked alternative tunings and haunting low whistle and as with his previous album ‘Common Ground’ Neil has been inspired to record in the creative seclusion of Watercolour Music in the Scottish Highlands.
Neil began to write and perform from the mid 90’s creating the Judy Circus; a songwriting collective which worked with DF Concerts to give emerging talent a platform to perform at higher profile venues. For the next 10 years he toured regularly at folk clubs and festivals appearing at the likes of Edinburgh Fringe, Celtic Connections, Kings Tuts and Tin the Park where his performances were described as eclectic, relaxed and intimate.
Neil’s writing is mainly but not solely inspired by his native Scotland. It’s roots, people, tradition and natural environment provide inspiration for creating music in his own relaxed, gentle style. He enjoys setting his music to traditional poems sung in Old Scots and in particular the poetry of Gerry Cambridge.