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  Martin O'Neill, Fee and the Urges, Shimmer live at Pivo Pivo in Glasgow

It's one of those days. I've been half way round and Glasgow and I can't find my way home. Only one thing to do. Seek solace in a spot of live music. Either that or buy a sat-nav. Think I'll take the first option.

Martin O'Neill is first on stage. Despite the name, he's not alone. He's got a pretty decent band along with him and, powered by the confidence of youth, he belts out his songs like a man on a mission. He does a very respectable line in American style rock songs but very nearly derails himself with karaoke versions of "Hallelujah" and "Born to Run". There is promise there however.

Following on were Fee and the Urges. Four strong, this band took a few songs to hit their stride. The drummer, Jamie, proved to be the star of the show bringing focus and power to each song. The songs were rather good as well with a bright and bubbly pop sensibility shining through.

And then there was Shimmer. Hewn from that same seam of Scottish rock that has pervaded music in this country for many a decade, this was band that showed an understanding of melody and that unmistakeable easy going confidence that comes with practice. Lead singer Gary Lynass had the necessary poise and confidence to front such a tightly focused band. They were Del Amitri with a purpose. They were Simple Minds without the pomposity. They were everyman's band. A smart man (or woman) would track Shimmer down as soon as possible.

Finally found a sat-nav. Think I'll go home.


Review Date: September 9, 2009


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