Updated: Feb 20
Broadcast on Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street was the venue for the last night of the Make Mine Country Tour pulled together by Rachel Sellick of Scarlet River Management and by all accounts from the artists it was one of their most enjoyable.
The evening kicked off with Scotland’s resident Aussie Zoee (Byrne). Zoee usually has her dad and brother on stage with her but as the other artists were doing solo gigs, she took to the stage doing her own solo set. The bouncy set had the audience engaged in doing our best to supply the beat to her music. Zoee has that spirited and thoroughly infectious way of entertaining us and had us in the palm of her hand. At one point she even supplied her own percussion using the kick drum on stage. She is such a lovely lady and her happy nature on stage never fails to make people smile.
Next on stage was Danny McMahon who treated us to a rousing set of his own music and with the stories behind some of the songs it made me realise how life isn’t always kind to people. I’ve seen Danny a few times now and unsurprisingly he really has been making inroads on the UK scene and it really is an indication how well he’s doing as he was nominated in 3 categories at the recent British Country Music Awards. During one of his songs you could see what it meant to him as the emotion was evident.
3rd act on stage was a new name to me Elliott Joseph. A new name maybe but one which I will certainly be checking out more on streaming services. Elliott is more Celtic Rock and Folk orientated with a hint of Country and he certainly showed that and along with a hint of Gaelic in one of his songs. Some of his music is performed on guitar and he also has a selection of tracks he performed using keyboard.
4th and what we thought final act to take to the stage was in my opinion the Uks answer to Chris Stapleton, Mr Stevie O’Connor. Stevie has that old-style country sound and has the distinctive sound of Texan based music. Equally at home as a solo act Stevie is an exceptional guitar and banjo player who also uses his own kick drum for percussion. One of Stevie’s songs that really drives the audience to love him is the heartbreaker “Willow” and you can see how much it means to him during his performance.
Stevie then invited another act onto the stage Scott Ashworth to perform one of his own songs on which Stevie supplied amazing lead guitar. Scott is ex-military and is now based just north of Glasgow and a lot of his songs are based on his life’s experiences on active duty. I for one have to keep a hankie on standby as I’ve been known to get itchy eyes when Scott delivers some of his emotional songs.
Scott then accompanied Stevie on one of his tracks before leaving Stevie to finish his brilliant set.
The final song of the night had all the artists back on stage and along with a wee bit of audience participation ended a fantastic night entertainment.