Cian Nugent & The Cosmos, Gareth Dickson at Broadcast, 13/4/14

Little by little, people arrive into the small Broadcast basement, it is very quiet but it is a respectful tranquility.

After a while, Gareth Dickson appears on stage under the red lights introducing himself, doing jokes with the few people present.

Indeed, the atmosphere is really intimate and convenient for a wee talk, he starts to play some arpeggios, giving to Broadcast a calm and peaceful ambiance, perfect for a rainy Sunday night in Glasgow.

Closing his eyes, Dickson plays in a very passionate way introducing his rich voice to an audience deeply involved and tells us some love stories.

His fingers move with brio and the connection between his guitar and himself is at the utmost, his set is truly moving and the fact that we are roughly ten gives a deep and privet dimension to the concert.

He sings to our feelings in a very natural way, his arpeggios are sensitive and tender, Dickson is not a showman but his goal is to share his passion with us, people sit on the floor, feeling free to be comfortable.

His music could seem repetitive, but it is not, it is captivating, absorbing and moving, there is a religious quietude in Broadcast and he thanks us for being quiet, with no irony or sarcasm; indeed, Dickson inspires respect.

Dublin’s Cian Nugent & The Cosmos have been touring all over Europe, tonight they stop in Scotland to perform their best tunes for the five people remaining in Broadcast.

Composed of keyboards, drums, bass, violin and guitar, The Cosmos charm the psychedelic folk rock scene.

Starting with some arpeggios played by Nugent himself, he puts us out of breath, when the entire band performs the music takes another dimension, the set is even more beautiful and harmonious.

Their songs go up and down, they pause with the violin and get back to the noise with the electric guitar.

They are all so tight and involved in their work, but at the same time we can feel their happiness and freedom, like Dickson, it is very sensitive and professional.

The name of the band makes sense; we are all transfixed and engaged properly in the music.

It proves to be a private and very intimate gig, the sound of the guitar is similar in some ways to Robby Krieger and the violin adds Irish/Celtic influences.

The articulation plus coordination are perfect and at the very end, when we were only three, the ambiance is more electric, sharing leads, making last the solos and drawing out the pleasure.

The whole life is like a car, ready to drive, it is magical, and increasingly sensational especially on ‘House of Parliament’ a tune from their last album.

On the whole, it is a very intense and good night, even though “there is the same number offstage and onstage”.

These guys deserve to fill venues and be recognised as they give to contemporary folk music a second breath in these commercially-choked times.

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Words: Juliette Carenjac
Photos: John Graham

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