First gig: I TOOK a step into the unknown last weekend when I put on my first ever gig, but luckily it was a success! It was for my local music radio show - ‘Kingdom Cuts’, featuring four winners of the awards we handed out earlier this year. Held at the Greenside in Leslie, a good turnout saw some great live music from superb local acts. We had Cardenden band Calm as the Colour, Dunfermline lads Boot Magna, Glenrothes singer songwriter Dean Chalmers and Levenmouth rockers Healthy Minds Collapse. I was chuffed to bits to see so many local music fans come along to show their support, especially given that Kingdom Cuts was dropped by Kingdom FM recently due to falling listening figures. And it was nice to be able to pay the bands a decent wee wage for their efforts.
National awards: IT was a busy few days for the afore mentioned Kingdom Cuts at the end of last week. Our last show aired on Kingdom FM on the Thursday evening, our first gig was on the Friday and on the Sunday we attended the Scottish New Music Awards at the Classic Grand in Glasgow. We were up for ‘Best Radio Show’ but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Undeterred, myself and the team had a great night out mixing with the great and good of the Scottish music industry.
Congratulations to the organisers for a well organised evening, with superb live performances and some ‘stars’ handing out the 40 awards. A great celebration of local music, giving a well deserved pat on the back to all those who try to do their bit for something they are passionate about.
Brave Hearts: THIS is really difficult for me to say being a Hibs supporter - well played Hearts last week at Anfield! I surprised myself when I cheered as they took the lead against Liverpool, but I think it was simply the joy of seeing a Scottish football team doing well, even if it was short-lived. We are forever told that the English Premier League is the best football league in the world, while the SPL is seen as a laughing stock. But for a moment (well four minutes) it was great to bask in the glory of watching a Scottish side lead in England. It was though another Scottish team exiting Europe. However, Celtic landed a decent Champions League group, so come on the hoops, restore some pride in our national game!
This week ... watching the Paralympics, had a nice Indian meal and catch-up with old work colleagues.