• andybarbournz

Last Train to Waverley

If you look hard enough there have been some incredible musical moments in Edinburgh. After the last couple of years we’ve all had to endure, it would be nice to see live music come back tenfold.

No noise complaints, no more venues closed to make way for student flats. Maybe that’s wishful thinking, but all venues deserve a break from the councils if or when the lockdown ends. When I was a nipper going to Legends (now Opium), there was a good band on almost every night. There always seemed to be someone playing around the city In the 90’s.

Names that spring to mind include ‘Idlewild’, ‘The Silver Pill’, ‘Habit’, ‘Uncle John and The White lock’, ‘Everlong’, ‘Little Amber’ and ‘Degrassi’.

I remember seeing ‘The Longpigs’ at The Assembly Rooms and bits of the ceiling falling down into the crowd.

The solution was to get the audience to stand underneath the balcony while the bass player turned his amp all the way up and tried to dislodge all the loose bits of ceiling and gold leaf with loud low tones.

This was the venue‘s suggestion!

There were a couple of great summers where I saw the likes of Lee Scratch Perry at The Liquid Rooms, Max Romeo at Studio 24, Arthur Lee, The Sun Ra Arkestra, Cat Power, B.B King in Princes Street Gardens....amazing times.

Last year not being able to see live music was an extra punch to the gut, hopefully it won’t last much longer.

In the meantime I’m looking for anyone that would like to play a wee live stream from my humble flat. Just acoustic so as not to annoy the neighbours.

Please get in touch if this is something you’d be up for!

P.S That photo at the top is of Joe Strummer outside the St. James Centre!!

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