Celtic Connections: C Duncan, Man of Moon at Saint Luke’s, 26/1/17

An object lesson tonight – always choose your support acts carefully: whether by design, accident, or simply the vagaries of playing at a festival – for that is what Celtic Connections is – C Duncan, all-conquering hometown hero he may be, is nonetheless utterly blown off the stage by the previous set from Man OfContinue reading “Celtic Connections: C Duncan, Man of Moon at Saint Luke’s, 26/1/17”

C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [FatCat]

The Midnight Sun is the second record from young Glaswegian songwriter and producer C Duncan. Following on from the remarkable success of his bedroom-recorded and self-produced debut Architect, The Midnight Sun – named for an episode of the Twilight Zone – is a melodic slice of choral indie-psychedelia that drifts by like leaves on aContinue reading “C Duncan – The Midnight Sun [FatCat]”

Albums of 2015 (10-1)

20-11  –  10-1  –  Tracks & EPs 10 Hector Bizerk – The Waltz of Modern Psychiatry If there is one thing Hector Bizerk are always on hand to offer, it is something new and for the Glasgow hip-hop act it perhaps doesn’t get more boundary-pushing than writing the soundtrack for Crazy Jane, a play about a 19th-centuryContinue reading “Albums of 2015 (10-1)”

C Duncan at The Art School, 5/12/15

Every year the Mercury Prize nominations throw up a handful of surprises, as the judges seek to outfox the bookies (and occasionally baffle the public) with a succession of worthy free jazz ensembles, soul-grime crossover stars and elevated bedroom outfits who have the glory of being raised public prominence. One of the beneficiaries of thisContinue reading “C Duncan at The Art School, 5/12/15”

Doune The Rabbit Hole, 23/8/15

Sunday at Doune and we’ve found a touch of familiarity about the site, only today it seems to be filled with yellow as Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 closing things tonight and their fans seem to engulf the festival site in what could resemble a cult if you weren’t aware a silly, fun-times bandContinue reading “Doune The Rabbit Hole, 23/8/15”

Wickerman (Saturday), 25/7/15

Saturday got underway in earnest with RM Hubbert on the main stage; I arrive, a little late, to him announcing: “Radio One won’t play pop songs about depression…” He describes ‘Bolt’ as a more upbeat number (facetiously described as his attempt to get mainstream radio plays), but it is followed by what, in his ownContinue reading “Wickerman (Saturday), 25/7/15”

C Duncan – Architect [FatCat]

Compositional wizardry, exquisite harmonies and technical precision characterises Architect, the debut LP by Glasgow’s C Duncan, a record which instantly resonates before unravelling to reveal itself confidently as one of the best records to come from north of Hadrian’s Wall this year. Theory and technique doesn’t make a great pop record on its own, andContinue reading “C Duncan – Architect [FatCat]”

Admiral Fallow, C Duncan, Man Of Moon at The Art School, 10/6/15

A sold out Art School for Admiral Fallow’s return to Glasgow is filling up quickly, and I overhear a conversation on my way in that there are a few big local music industry names in to take a closer look at tonight’s opener, Man Of Moon. The atmospheric two-piece appear to be one to watch;Continue reading “Admiral Fallow, C Duncan, Man Of Moon at The Art School, 10/6/15”

C Duncan – ‘Here To There’ [FatCat]

After the previous and monstrous single ‘Say’, C Duncan comes at us with ‘Here To There’: at once both not quite as subtly thumping yet slightly rockier. The Beach Boys harmonies are intact, but there’s an almost post punk chug-along occurring underneath: the percussion may not be as solid and groovy as the last effortContinue reading “C Duncan – ‘Here To There’ [FatCat]”

C Duncan at The Poetry Club, 3/4/15

The very very first headline slot by hotly tipped C Duncan tonight: it shows in the self-effacing attitude of all three on stage but there’s really no need for it; this is talent – needs some steering but there’s no doubting the skills. The band come at you with glorious, soaring yet velvety harmonies, bothContinue reading “C Duncan at The Poetry Club, 3/4/15”