Plugged In & Wired is getting closer, two weeks tomorrow, March the 26th and we begin beaming a bounty of entertainment in to your homes. In this Thursday’s blog we introduce you to more of our sumptuous acts. Learn how to make cocktails From Home, meet comedian Bryce Drennan, musicians and songwriters Barry Noakes and Nicky Murray, actress Anne-Marie Feeney, author Lindsay Littleson and La Divina Lisette Boxman.
As ever we’re encouraging you, our lovely readers to help support local creatives, if you can. Its been a tough old year for us all and especially for our Southside creatives who have lost work due to the pandemic. Dig deep or throw in a few coppers where tip jars or merch are linked in. If you’d like to support our festival, we always welcome donations too, hit us up here. Thank you!
FROM HOME – FOOD & DRINK
Ever wondered how to make simple yet tasty cocktails at home; Andy Mundy can show you they don't have to be complex, they don't have to be time-consuming, and they don't have to break the bank! Andy makes Home Cocktails: Simple & Effective. At the start of lockdown in April last year, Andy was asked by his work (Eden Mill) to run a series of virtual cocktail classes over zoom. This sparked a real interest in mixology, fuelling him to consistently expand his repertoire and utilise a real variety of ingredients. As well as becoming known in close circles for his tasty recipes, he’s also taken pride in his ability to present his cocktail making to others, in a way that allows them to replicate his methods over video calls, and build their confidence with shaker in hand! Andy feels this is crucially important at a time when physical masterclasses aren't possible. His recipes are comparatively simple, but he adds his own unique twists to balance out any rough edges; add more depth and bring out the most important flavours from the spirits. You can watch Andy present three cocktail recipes from start to finish, and give a snapshot of what youcan do too!
BRYCE DRENNAN – COMEDY
In From Killie to Phillies Bryce Drennan uses stories from growing up in the deepest, darkest depths of Kilmarnock, his hapless love life and his experiences of serving the people of Shawlands their fill of booze to lull the audience into a false sense of security with a slow and deliberate delivery that gradually reveals a wryly dark wit. His very unique perspective on the day to day goings on in the Southside will have the audience not only laughing but wondering if it is them he is talking about.
Bryce is a stand up comedian, pub quiz host and radio presenter, he also works in Phillies of Shawlands and has a great grasp of the community spirit that makes the Southside of Glasgow so special. He’s appeared at the Stand Glasgow along with some of the best comedy nights on the Scottish circuit and organised the first comedy night ever at Phillies of Shawlands as part of the Southside Fringe’s program in 2019. His style of comedy is very dry, much like his personality! As well as Stand up Bruce hosts comedy based pub quizzes across Glasgow, with Tuesday nights at Phillies being the weekly main event for the pub quiz lover. He likes to bring a non conventional philosophy to these nights and has a very relaxed approach to factual accuracy and prefer a more nonsense based method of quiz delivery. His latest venture is a radio show called "Cauld Tatties" on Radio Buena Vida, broadcasting live from the window of Some Great Reward record store on Victoria road. The show is bi-weekly and celebrates the food heroes of the Southside. Guests come on the show and pick 4 tracks they associate with food and tell the stories behind them. He has also put his own comedic spin on things, all the episodes so far are available to listen back to on the Radio Buena Vida Soundcloud page.
BARRY NOAKES - MUSIC
Based in Glasgow, singer songwriter Barry Noakes is on the cusp of releasing his debut album, A New Dawn, and we think it will fly. Bringing together his extraordinary multi-instrumental skills to create an album which is truly personal yet immediately accessible. Having learned violin, viola, piano and singing from an early age, it wasn’t long before he discovered that it was guitars got the girls and so changed musical direction and instead of going to classical music college, went to Salford to study audio tech. Then, living in Coventry, he played in several Indie bands before and after Uni, most noticeably a band called Sugarfix that he released two EPs with. After moving to London to work as a software developer, music began to take a back seat and although he turned the violin into a fiddle and got more folky as a multi-Instrumentalist in a few line-ups, he became more career focused. Settling in Glasgow in 2008, a broken relationship rekindled his passion for songwriting and with his newfound liberty, started playing solo around the Glasgow scene. When lockdown hit, he dedicated himself to recording in his home studio, finally finding he was able to bring together his multi-instrumental
skills and appreciation of different kinds of music, playing the piano, double bass, mandolin, fiddle and viola and utilising his technical prowess to produce first, the digital-only single release “Get Me Down” and then the album "A New Dawn". The album is released on 1st May digitally, on CD and limited-edition vinyl.
NICKY MURRAY - MUSIC
Scottish singer-songwriter Nicky Murray has been writing and recording music for around 8 years. 2014 saw his debut album 'Plenty More Weeping' released which helped to put him on the map to some degree. After several singles released in 2017, Nicky wrote his latest sophomore record 'Wintermore' in Autumn 2018, which features a stellar line-up of musicians accompanying him. Having toured with/supported (in several different outfits) a wide range of artists from Martin Stephenson, JJ Gilmour, Elephant Sessions, Kathryn Joseph, Peatbog Faeries, Dave Sharp, Brittany & Natalie Haas, Duncan Chisholm, among more. Nicky also is the 'City Leader' for Sofar Sounds (Inverness) organizing live music shows every month with many notable artists. 2019 was spent playing lots of gigs, writing new music, several collaborations, including two Scottish tours with songwriter and friend Moteh Parrott. Nicky had many musical plans for 2020 but the pandemic curbed most of them, in adaption Nicky spent lockdown teaching and working on his own music, releasing two singles. First came 'Atypical' which was written about the Netflix show of the same name, and was championed by the main cast. Next came 'Song for Sara' a song written for the loss of a close friend. A third single came in early September with an across the pond collaboration with Louise Bichan (Rachel Sermanni) and Ethan Setiawan (Darol Anger) with their single 'Songbird'. It is likely that a couple more singles will be on their way over the summer, whilst in the meantime Nicky is working away carefully constructing his next record. He is usually found accompanied with coherent gentle string players, and the occasional harmony singer. Nicky strives for expression and connection.
ANNE-MARIE FEENEY – SPOKEN WORD
Anne-Marie Feeney sends us Greetings from Seattle. Kate has moved from rainy Glasgow to rainy Seattle. She wants to speak to her father but this damn virus is getting in the way. A snapshot of fractured relationships and words left unsaid. No stranger to Southside Fringe, Anne-Marie is a Southside based actor who has appeared in many plays locally over the past 20 years. Her most recent plays for Southside Fringe were Once in a Generation and Battle of George Square both delivered in 2019. She’s worked with many different theatre groups such as Rapture Theatre, Sandstone Theatre, Tramdirect and has appeared in productions in most of Glasgow’s theatres. We’re delighted to have Anne-Marie back with us for Plugged In & Wired, and presenting her own work too!
LYNDSAY LITTLESON – LITERATURE
As soon as Lindsay Littleson started to research and write her children’s novel, The Titanic Detective Agency, she fell under Titanic’s spell. Every person on board had their own fascinating story to tell and she was keen that everyone in her novel should be a real-life crew member or passenge. The main character in A Titanic Mystery is 12-year-old would-be polar explorer Bertha Watt from Aberdeen and during the Plugged In & Wired chat you can fnd out more about the research Lyndsay did to discover Bertha’s incredible story. She’ll also tell you about the real-life crime that was happening aboard the doomed ship and which became the mystery plot of The Titanic Detective Agency. Lindsay Littleson has four grown-up children , she was a full-time primary teacher, but took early retirement last year to focus on her writing. Before becoming a teacher she spent eight years as possibly the worst PAYE auditor ever to be employed by the Inland Revenue. In 2014 she began writing for children and won the Kelpies Prize for her first children’s novel The Mixed Up Summer of Lily McLean. The sequel, The Awkward Autumn of Lily McLean, was published by Floris Books in 2017 and Guardians of the Wild Unicorns came out in February 2019. A new novel, Secrets of the Last Merfolk, is coming out in Summer 2021 with Floris Books. Lyndsay’s 2015 WW1 novel Shell Hole was shortlisted for the Dundee Great War Children’s Book Prize and she enjoyed engaging in research so much that she was inspired to write another two historical books, A Pattern of Secrets, set in Victorian Paisley and her latest novel, The Titanic Detective Agency, which was published in April 2019.
LISETTE BOXMAN - CABARET
Lisette Boxman moved to Edinburgh after finishing her BA in Theatre and Education. She continued her study at the Diploma in Physical Theatre Practice at Adam Smit College and is now a freelance performer and designer in puppetry, singing, mask work and acting. She has performed with many different theatre groups throughout Europe. After 3 years living in a wooden cottage with her Horse Drawn Traveling Circus Elsewhere she decided it was time for living in a city again. Glasgow is her new home and she's loving it. ‘La Divina’ is a cabaret act with reverse striptease, clowning, breast puppetry, audience participation and yodelling. Taking the audience through different emotions around body acceptance. We hope you are ready, she tell’s us she’s not! We can’t wait to show you more.
We'll be introducing even more of our Plugged In & Wired acts on Sunday. Don't say we don't spoil you... Stay tuned!