DF Concerts presents
Tue 20 Dec 2011 | 7pm | £12.50 + bf
9.15pm – 10.30pm Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells
8.30pm – 9pm The National Jazz Trio of Scotland
7.45pm – 8.15pm RM Hubbert
*All times are approximate. There will be some seating available for this show: please arrive early if you would like a seat.
Eight years after their first meeting in a pub, back when Aidan Moffat was still working with Arab Strap, he and multi-instrumentalist Bill Wells released their debut album, Everything’s Getting Older, on Chemikal Underground Records – fittingly the Glasgow hub for artists from Arab Strap and Delgados to RM Hubbert and Found.
Simultaneously caustic and tender, with moments of quietly dramatic spoken word, the album is a happy marriage between Moffat’s trademark bittersweet lyrical and vocal honesty and Wells’ assured, delicate instrumentation. The Copper Top, one of the stand out tracks, garnered a particularly beautiful video directed by Paul Fegan to match its haunting meditation on “birth, love and death”.
Moffat is now something of a Glasgow institution. His musical projects range from the lesser known L.Pierre, The Angry Buddhists and The Sick Anchors (with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite) to his work as one of the key members of seminal Glasgow indie band Arab Strap, and now his solo work after the band split. Similarly cherished in the Glasgow indie scene, Bill Wells is known for his work with the likes of BMX Bandits, The Pastels, Stevie Jackson and Isobel Campbell, as well as for his own group, the Bill Wells Octet.
Embarking on their “first proper tour” in five years this autumn, they released a new EP, Cruel Summer, this October by way of celebration, the title track being a cover of the Bananarama track. This Glasgow date is a special, one-off Christmas show – and a chance to spend a cold winter’s evening in the warming company of two of the city’s most compelling characters.
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