Music Matters - with John Murray

John Murray
John Murray
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IN folk terms The McCalmans were legendary and through television and recording built up many friends who enjoyed the experience. Since leader Ian retired nearly two years ago middle man Nick Keir has carved his own solo career with solo albums and concerts as a duo. After five-star reviews from his Fringe appearances Nick has launched his new solo CD The Edge Of Night (Laverock) and available now.

With a sprinkling of well chosen covers from Steve Forbert, Tom Waits and The Proclaimers with ‘On Causewayside’ which could easily have been self-penned he paints vivid pictures in song.

A warm friendly vocal accompanied by gentle guitar and the occasional whistle surrounds some wonderful new songs so descriptive and inspiring – just sample ‘Slow French Waltz’ or ‘Take My Time’ and you will be converted.

With a long career and an amazing story to tell Rod, The Autobiography (Century £20), at least is in Rod Stewart’s own words. Many will be familiar with the musical history from ‘An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down’ but work with Jeff Beck and Long John Baldry preceded even this. The hit machine with ‘Maggie May’, ‘Sailing’ and the recent years of the ‘Great American Songbook’ albums are stories in themselves but his time with the Faces shows the high rolling rock n’ roll lifestyle we expect to read about.

Quite aside of the performing his love life would make a book on its own but he tells of each one and after a while you can imagine him mouthing the words.

Many photographs included are from his personal family collection too so the family man is confirmed along with his fanatical obsession for Scottish football.

So this son of a Scottish plumber became a global superstar at 67 after five decades of music behind him seems the making of a bestseller while remaining immensely likeable at the same time. One of the first to order the book was Bob Wyper known by many as the best Rod Stewart tribute acts around.

He brings his show to the Beveridge Park Hotel next month.