KT Tunstall 23 February Alhambra Dunfermline

Now if the truth is know I have liked the music of Fife’s favourite female singer songwriter since I first became aware of her debut album Eye to the Telescope back in 2005, a year after it’s release.The follow-up studio album Drastic Fantastic and the perhaps slightly lesser known Acoustic Extravaganza reinforced my opinion that she was certainly to my taste. I managed to catch her at Dunfermlines’ Alhambra in July 2008 and the final piece of the jigsaw fitted neatly into place.
Then suddenly she seemed to fade off the scene, okay getting married would have been a good reason, but for two years with no new product. It was way too long. Eventually Tiger Suit was released in September 2010 and it spelled a very different style from what I expected, however after a couple of plays I was definitely becoming hooked in.
And the a new tour was announced, with the only Scottish date was again a ‘home’ gig at The Alhambra. 
A sell-out was expected and delivered. Two thousand or so hardened fans paced into the place ready to rock and boy were they in for a treat.
Opening act and fellow Fifer Pictish Trail,aka Johnny Lynch, like the first gig I saw opened the night. Mr Trail, by himself this time entertained with a selection of his own material and a nice bit of banter, nicely setting the tone of things to come. He has a good voice and some interesting song ideas. Well worth checking out.
With the atmosphere building and the anticipation almost palpable the pocket dynamo that KT is hit the stage together with her hot, tight band and proceeded to rock the house for around an hour 30.
She really is a live wire on stage, very active, never still for a second, and with a voice and stage presence more than large enough to fill the massive Alhambra space… and then some.
Her set was naturally predominately off Tiger Suit, and the songs sounder almost better live than on disc, but there was also the inclusion of a few ‘golden oldies’ as well, some given a very different makeover, to balance up proceedings.
90 minutes it may have been, but I for one would have happily listened to another 90 as well, and one thing I am sure I would not have been listening alone, but all good things have to come to an end, and this night did. She did however promise to not be away so long the next time and we all hope that this is true.
If you can get a ticket to see her on her current tour, take the oppertunity. These dates can be found on her website www.kttunstall.com an for all of the exhaustive programme at the Alhambra check out www.alhambradunfermline.com
Reviewed by Geoff

Steve Williams Tuesday 22 February – Stand Comedy Club Edinburgh.

It was around July 2005 that I first became aware of the name Steve Williams, when this personable Welsh guy was on tour with Danny Bhoy. We caught up with him in deepest darkest Kirkcaldy, and although we hadn’t come to see him, were well impressed with his shortish set and pencilled him in for further investigation, something that has been taken seriously with this night the latest session.
With a couple of mates in tow I arrived at my normal early time prior to doors to find the queue halfway down the street. Promising! Although my favourite seat would have been gone Mr Williams would have a good crowd. This definitely was the case as long before showtime there was not a seat to be had and precious little standing room either.
Steve took to the stage promptly and then proceeded to entertain for the entirety of his set with well crafted, observed and presented material on a variety of subjects. He reacts and interacts well with his audience yet is no means can he be thought of as intimidating. America, Buckfast, mobility scooters, Afghanistan, queuing, football chants and drink-driving were just a selection of the topics this erudite comic expounded on. Yet although it was packed out, often his style came across as if he was chatting to a few mates in a bar.
I couldn’t believe that after what seemed to be about 10 minutes he was announcing an interval. Those ten minutes were in fact 50, and as one of my mates said, he realised how good Steve was the way the time evaporated. I can only concur.
After a break to recharge the glasses, it was on with part two. And it was all as good as the first part, just different topics. Williams is a prolific writer and his skills are snapped up by Russell Howard in his BBC 3 series amongst others. But he obviously retains plenty for himself too. His appearance on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow also confirmed his standing within the industry, and gives the TV viewers a chance to see what he is about. That is of course a must-see comic, and in my humble opinion one that works best with a live audience.
There are no airs and graces from Williams, just an abundance of funny stuff, and I don’t think anyone could have left the gig failing to be impressed by the man and his comedy.
Due to the volume of work he has on it’s not every week that you can catch him live, so if you get a chance grab it with both hands. Do not miss out because if you do, then you really have.
To check out where he is playing go to www.stevewilliamscomedy.com or to see which other gigs are being staged at The Stand, both in Glasgow and Edinburgh, oh and prepare for Newcastle as well shortly, their website is www.thestand.co.uk  and hopefully I will see you there.

Reviewed by Geoff

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