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This is The Kit

at ABC Glasgow

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The Celtic Connections audience experiences Kate Stables’ hypnotic indie folk.

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Moonshine Freeze was released in July 2017 and is the fourth album by indie folk band This is The Kit. It is very much a standout release for the group. The album was their first on Rough Trade Records and it has received great critical acclaim from press and fans alike. Singer/songwriter Kate Stables is the core member of the band and she is joined by a variety of talented musicians to perform her music live. Tonight This is The Kit are performing at the O2 ABC in Glasgow as part of the Celtic Connections music festival.

Support this evening comes from Lost Horizons. The band is a collaboration between Simon Raymonde (co-founder of Bella Union Records and former member of Cocteau Twins) and Richie Thomas (former member of Dif Juz). Live they are a seven piece band with multiple vocalists and a knack for a soaring, epic pop tune. Despite being the support act they play for almost an hour and leave stage with the audience wanting even more. Lost Horizons are a band with depth, style and a deep magnificence to their music and the crowd lapped it up.

This is The Kit have built up a large following over the years and this is evident as they take the stage to a loud and rapturous applause. Despite the loud welcome there is a quiet subtly to the music that the band creates. Tonight This is the Kit is a four piece who are at times joined by a three piece horn section. Throughout the concert they ensemble sound fantastic. The musicians perform bathed in a soft light which gives them an eerie, yet peaceful stage presence, while the songs flow with a gentle and subtle ease. All Written Out in Numbers and Bashed Out are stand outs, but the eclectic selection of songs blends together to present an enjoyable and entertaining hour of passionate and invigorating music.

The band encore with the track Earthquake. It is a slow blues like song with a catchy riff and transcendent vocal harmonies. As the groove of the final song fades away the band leave the stage after performing, what will no doubt be, one of the stand out shows at this years Celtic Connections. This year the festival is celebrating its 25th year and the live music continues in various venues throughout Glasgow until Sunday 4 February.

/ @stevenfraserart


Steven is Spoken Word Editor for The Wee Review and also reviews theatre and movies. He studied animation and computer arts at university and currently freelances in illustration. He currently lives in Glasgow.

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