TOWNKROSS MANAGEMENT PRESENTS C4C LIVE IN NAIRN
Sunday December 8th saw the arrival in Nairn Community and Arts Centre of the Country 4 Christmas show presented by TownKross Media.
This was a double headline show with two of Scotland’s top country acts Katee Kross and the Amberjax along with Raintown. I am not going to give too much away concerning the content of the show as there is another show by these guys in Glasgow on the 22nd of this month and although I’m not privy to what they will have on the setlist then I don’t want to possibly spoil the surprise for those that have bought tickets.
The show in Nairn was a fantastic night of music in a cracking venue. The room was seated and was a great place for a gig of this sort where the stadium style seating offered everyone a great view of the stage and there was also a small balcony section allowing a few folk a higher view and was also a nice place for some to get photos from.
Katee was 1st on stage with her band and being her 1st time in Nairn she certainly had the audience engaged from the start of her set. Along with Ross, Julian and guest drummer John they gave us a fantastic set of music. Not giving too much away but there was a great mix of older tracks new tracks and as the title of the show suggests there was also a few Christmas number done in Katee’s own interpretation. I know I have said this in other reviews but Katee keeps getting better and better and her stage presence and crowd interaction keeps improving as her live gig experience grows.
At the end of Katee’s set there was a break before Raintown took the stage and there was plenty of great comments coming from the people I was speaking to concerning the performance. If they plan a return visit, I’m sure tickets will be snapped up quickly.
Raintown took to the stage to a great reception from the audience and they certainly gave us value for money with a rousing set of tunes and as I said above I’m not going to give anything away about the content except it was along the same lines as Katee’s set with old, new and Christmas numbers.
There was a new guitarist on stage with the guys and it brought a slightly different but still great sound to the well-known songs that they sang. The new tracks are in my opinion fantastic and again the Christmas songs were also done to Raintowns own interpretation. The onstage interaction between husband and wife Paul and Claire is a fantastic to see. The whole band just seem to take on a new lease of life when they perform, and they really enjoy what they do to bring enjoyment to their fans.
Raintown as Katee did, left the stage to a standing ovation and came back on to do an encore to and they were joined onstage with Katee and her band to give us a couple of final songs before they all left to attend the merch stall to speak to all who wanted to see them.
Both Katee and Raintown do this interaction with fans so well and they all certainly make as much time for their fans as the venue allows.
The poor weather on the night didn’t stop people attending and it was surprising to see so many had travelled quite a distance to get to the gig. Superfan Tony Mendes even travelled from London for the gig and there were folk from Glasgow there too.
Both acts have new albums in the pipeline, and I am looking forward to their release next year.