December 7, 2017
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For no better reason than I was in his good company last night, today’s choice is a pal of mine, the unfeasibly talented Norman Lamont. I left with a coveted review copy of his new long player, to be released in March, but meantime, here’s one of my existing favourites, from his 2014 album, All The Time In Heaven. Several things I love about this song:
- the gentle humour of the lyrics, telling a story of magic and childhood dreams from Ayrshire (Fife’s west coast cousin);
- the music. The first time I saw Norman and his band perform, at 2011’s Dylan Uncovered, I thought, that’s it! That’s the mix of acoustic and electric that I hear in my head when I’m making up songs. Norman’s range is wide, from solo acoustic through various mixes of instrumentation to ambient music, but that core sound he has is right up my alley;
- the video’s location, that well-known Edinburgh establishment the Captain’s Bar. Back when I was a student it was fabled for its early-morning opening hours, designed to catch posties and other workers coming off the night shift. Nowadays, it’s an excellent live music bar, focusing on folk and other acoustic music mainly.
Norman is playing a gig in aid of foodbanks on Friday 15th December at the Village, Leith – you might want to go along. Also, on the charitable front, there’s the Red Cross appeal for the Myanmar refugees.