RODDY WOOMBLE | 11.10.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

RODDY WOOMBLE | 11.10.2018 | Newcastle Cluny | REVIEW and PHOTOS

Roddy Woomble – 11th October 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Roddy Woomble returns to Newcastle for a triumphant ‘solo’ gig. He’s joined by the talented multi-instrumentalist; Andrew Mitchell. He jokes that it’s actually a two-piece act, as they both write and record the songs under his name. Since Andrew joined Idlewild the pair seem to have formed a strong creative bond.

Roddy Woomble – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Shooting Of local solo act proved a fitting choice for support. Shooting Of, aka Paul Jeans is well established in the region and remarkably this is the first time I’ve seen him live. His traditional song type structures with thought-provoking lyrics. His voice has quite a range, his vocal performance really stood out to me, hugely impressive talent and he gained quite a warm reception from those who’d came down early. 

Shooting of - 11th Oct 2018 - Newcastle Cluny
Shooting of – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Speaking to Scott Hutchison before his death we talked about influences and how early Idlewild had played a part in guiding Mastersystem grunge/rock sound. He talked so enthusiastically about them, that I went on a bit of a re-visit of the early stuff, and have since found Idlewild’s debut Hope Is Important back in the regular rotation on my hi-fi! Roddy has quite a humble manner, but his back catalogue is truly remarkable, diverse and with that unmistakable voice and phrasing, full of character and metaphorical lyrics, he has become a Scottish institution. 

Roddy Woomble – 11th Oct 2018 – Newcastle Cluny

Tonight they offered a really nice set, covering highlights from across his career with a sprinkling of new gems. You Held The World In Your Arms in it’s stripped back form, delighted fans signing along word for word in the front row. Packed with highlights such as Waverley Steps (with its humorous intro!), Little Discourage, Like Caruso and the smash hit that never was; American English. There’s a lot of love in the room, such a great night! Roddy mentioned that a new Idlewild album is done and due out next Spring, hopefully, that’ll bring a full band tour back to Newcastle!

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RODDY WOOMBLE | 01.10.2018 | Perth Theatre | REVIEW

RODDY WOOMBLE | 01.10.2018 | Perth Theatre | REVIEW

Roddy Woomble – 1st October 2018 – Perth Theatre

Review by Sarah Sarti

This morning l woke up in ltaly, took a flight to Edinburgh, left my stuff in Glasgow and jumped on a train to Perth. Why?, you may wonder. Tonight in Perth Theatre there was the first (ok, no, the second, cos last night they played in a tipi in Dell of Abernethy!) gig of the last leg of Roddy Woomble tour, following last year’s release “The Deluder”. His fourth solo studio album is probably his most articulate and heterogeneous work, and since l have never seen Idlewild live either, l am pretty excited about tonight. For this part of the tour Roddy is supported by long time Idlewild companion Andrew Wasylyk playing both piano and guitar.

The set includes the enchanting “A Skull With A Teardrop”, an “Attempt To Be Romantic” in his own words and “To Feel Like A Fool” from his last album and old gems like “My Secret Is My Silence” and “Waverley Steps”. There is also space for a bunch of stripped down ldlewild song, like “You Held The World In Your Arms”, “American English” and “A Little Discourage”.

The last treats of the evening are a brand new Idlewild song “Forever New” and a cover from the songwriter Billy Fay, “Be Not So Fearful”.

A beautiful and moving evening, l advise you with all my heart to catch him live acoustic over the next couple of months before he gets back to the rock dimension we all know as ldlewild ♡

IDLEWILD | 10.12.15 | Newcastle Riverside

IDLEWILD | 10.12.15 | Newcastle Riverside

Idlewild – 10th December 2015 – Newcastle Riverside – Photos

Playing both a full live gig and a lovely acoustic set, here’s a mix of photos from both sets. A super smokey stage tonight, so there’s lots of grain in these pics, I kinda like the effect though 🙂

My last show at the Riverside for 2015, a cracking venue and great fun to shoot in!

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