THE MAGPIE SALUTE / MAKER - Garage, Glasgow 09.12.18

CRAIG COOPER

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The Garage in Glasgow is predominantly a dance venue which also has a hall large enough to put on shows by medium-sized bands. It has picked up a lot of shows recently that were booked for the nearby O2 ABC and was recently ravaged by fire.
Tonight's headliners are THE MAGPIE SALUTE led by former Black Crowe Rich Robinson.

MAKER are supporting THE MAGPIE SALUTE on their UK tour. They hail from Kent and comprise of Alessandro Marinelli on vocals, Guitarist Andrew Donaldson, his brother Gavin on drums and John Austin on bass. They describe themselves as a psychedelic bluesy REAL rock and Roll band. They amble onstage at an ungodly early time to an almost scarce crowd due to the venues strict curfew times. They play songs from their 2018 album, 'Dead Ends & Avenues' which are really well received by the crowd who are now starting to fill the hall. They have a feelgood factor with their bluesy rocky style of music and appear to be enjoying themselves letting audiences experience their type of music. A short set comes to an end and Maker are one to keep your eye on for the future having already supported many well-established artists such as Ocean Colour Scene, Dodgy & Wilko Johnson.

 

Maker are:

Alessandro Marinelli – Vocals
Andrew Donaldson- Guitars
Gavin Donaldson- Drums
John Austin – Bass

 

For more info:
https:/facebook.com/Makeruk/

THE MAGPIE SALUTE were assembled by ex-Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson in 2016 for an appearance at world-famous festival Woodstock. Originally a ten-piece, it has been whittled down to a manageable six piece comprising other ex-Black Crowes bandmates Marc Ford on guitar and bassist Sven Pipien. Also in the current line up are vocalist John Hogg, Matt Slocum on keyboards and drummer Joe Magistro.

By the time they take to the stage the hall is almost full and appears to contain the majority of males and females who are on the wrong side of 40 and were huge Black Crowes fans in both their and the band's heyday.

Opener is ‘High Water’ from their same-titled debut 2018 album. The lighting is dark and moody and the DTFM photographers worst nightmare. ‘Omission’, a Hookah Brown cover, is next followed by ‘For The Wind ‘ & ‘Take It All ‘. Marc Ford sings one of his own tracks ‘Smoke Signals’ and the first Crowes cover comes in the shape of ‘What is Home‘ from 2009's 'Before The Frost'. Other tracks from The Crowes catalogue played are ‘Sometimes Salvation’, ‘Oh Josephine’,’Gone’ and set closer ‘By Your Side’.

My only complaint from the night comes not from the songs played or musicianship shown, these are not in question at all, but that the band just stand motionless other than vocalist Hogg. The rest of the band appears to me to be what can only be described as going through the motions, no emotion was shown and certainly, the low lighting didn’t help.

However, that said, we were treated to fantastic music played by top-class musicians. But, is a smile, wave or a stroll about the stage to show the crowd you are enjoying it as much as them too much to ask?


The Magpie Salute are:

Rich Robinson- Guitars
John Hogg – Vocals
Marc Ford – Guitars/Vocals
Sven Pipien- Bass
Matt Slocum- Keyboards
Joe Magistro – Drums


For more info:

https:/facebook.com/The MagpieSalute/

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