Packed to the rafters, Glasgow’s Blue Arrow was a top venue for a gig that shed it’s anguish with the sweet harmonies of Rozi Plain and her band. Supported by Callum Easter and Molly Linen, this was a highly anticipated gig, which was telling by the number of people that had made it down early to catch all three.
Rozi Plain AKA Rosalind Leyden has so very recently released the much-talked-about What A Boost, via Memphis Industries, an album, which outlines her maturity and style range. Clearly intended to promote this new LP, Rozi and her band have been touring the country, including Glasgow’s wee jazz bar in the tour, and well, tonight, it did indeed feel wee.
Callum Easter kicked the night off with an intense set of tracks from Here or Nowhere, his debut album recently out on Lost Map Records. His raspy voice combined with the accordion throws out a bluesy sound, adequately warming the evening before the headliner hits the stage.
Molly Linen came on stage with her bedroom-tape DIY sound, Caio Wheelhouse and Beth Chalmers to add further warmth (not that it needed it to be honest, packed as it was). With lovely melodies it was an appropriate set before Rozi Plain and full band took to the stage.
It was at this point that all angst and anxiety slipped away (I suffer from claustrophobia), as Rosalind Leyden and co kicked in, pleasing to the ears. Captivating, tight, almost unwavering, they performed several tracks from the new album, Dark Park, Trouble, Conditions and the multi-layered Swing Shut. Gerard Black’s velvety falsetto notes, Jamie Whitby-Coles’ throbbing drums, Raphaels’ animated bass-playing and Rachel’s professional banjo-performance, all added to the overall evening. Clearly well-rehearsed and beyond the half-way point in their tour, there is little faltering to this set. It’s nailed and we all feel suitably hugged by those mesmerising harmonies.
Incorporating tracks such as Jogalong and Actually into the set, Rozi reminded the crowd of her long-standing acclaim, as a musician. And with many musicians as well as fans in the audience, there is a notable respect for this performer tonight, and I don’t think a single gig-goer tonight would walk away questioning this.