The whole Plugged In & Wired production process has been something wonderful, from learning curves to getting to know all these wonderful individuals who we're honoured to have in the programme. We're also stoked with the press interest its attracted, with ace coverage in this article in PCN Magazine and we were delighted to kick off the week with a great article by Catriona Stewart in The Glasgow Times. The impact of the festival that's become more and more apparent is a message of hope, giving hope to creatives in an otherwise bleak time. And we hope we can beam that good vibing in to your homes from the 26th of March.
We're in the final week of intros, with this being the penultimate blog introducing you to all the acts and we have a bumper of a beaut of a blog for you today. Meet rockers Black Star Jackals, Glasgow treasure SambaYaBamba, creator of magical worlds Claire Casey, the talented and funny lady Andrea, adopted Glaswegian from Barcelona Guillem Gené , song writer Paul Rice, writer and performer of spoken word Sean Wai Keung, well known crime author Morgan Cry & the esoteric Green Finch. As ever, we're here, not to just provide a prime performance platform for quality Southside creatives but we really encourage you to show your support for all these talented individuals. It's been a really hard year for us all and especially creatives. Hit up their socials with some Southside loving and where linked please support them that one step further and throw what you can afford in to their virtual tip jars. We're always appreciative of any support you can give our festival too and our own virtual tip jar can be found here.
BLACK STAR JACKALS - MUSIC
Up and coming rockers Black Star Jackals perform a short live set of their newest songs. The Glasgow based 4 piece are quickly garnering fans across the UK thanks to their infectious melodies and hard rock vibes with the aim of bringing rock music back into the mainstream. Described by A&R Factory as a "melodically gifted powerhouse", Glasgow based Black Star Jackals burst on to the scene at the start of 2019. The alt-rock/indie 4 piece have quickly garnered new fans, radio airplay and positive reviews from industry professionals thanks to their infectious melodies and hard rock vibes.
SAMBAYABAMBA - MUSIC
This is SambayaBamba finds Glasgow-based SambaYaBamba giving a vibrant and energetic live performance from the Encontro Street Band Festival, edited over their original song Brown Shoe. Pure, organic, dance music - powerful and irresistible. SambaYaBamba is a musical tour-de-force hailing from the sun-drenched streets of tropical Glasgow. A 30-odd-piece drumming bateria and brass section rooted in the musical traditions of the Brazilian carnival yet at the same time, very much tailored to a the Glasgow crowd. They are equally at home on a huge stage, in a street parade or in a basement club. Their set twists and turns from full scale samba to drum and bass and beyond with a tightness and commitment to the rhythm that is a joy to behold. The organisation's mission is to spread the love of Brazilian street music by providing access, performance and progression opportunities to all. This is achieved through constant beginner adult classes, brass taster sessions, dance workshops and a thriving and vibrant Youth Band (www.sambayabamba.com/youth-band). Having begun as a community arts project in Paisley, the band has been in existence for over 20 years and has gone from strength to strength playing an incredible roster of gigs large and small far and near including many for the national teams at both Hampden and Murrayfield, all the important festivals and legendary samba get-togethers from here to Brighton, Coburg and many more. In recent years SYB and Glasgow have been hosting the samba community, inviting bands to come and play on the streets of Glasgow in the ambitious and extremely successful Encontro Street Band Festival taking place in the Merchant City.
CLAIRE CASEY – LITERATURE
A war on magic has raged for years. Rowan, the Lord of Ravensrise, has fought to stop those who seek to destroy magic, and all who use it.... Ravensrise is the first novel in the Ravensrise Trilogy by Claire Casey. It's a work of fantasy, which is filled with action, magic and romance. In Plugged In and Wired Claire tells us more about her novel, Ravensrise. She’s an independent author, she publishes and sells her books through Amazon. Clare also writes poetry, short stories, flash fiction and fantasy novels.
ANDREA - MUSIC
Southside singer/songwriter Andrea has been entertaining bar and pub audiences across Scotland with her soulful covers and sassy side banter for over five years. In 2020 Andrea embarked on her most ambitious project yet- blending her signature pop vocals with a sincere style of comedy to tackle important topics like mental health, relationships, white privilege and sleeping in a bed that isn't your own. Funny, heartfelt, and often educational, Andrea aims to bring people together with her songs about nuanced, yet universal human experiences. Highlights include her sex-positive anthem "Every Body" and The Little Mermaid parody "I Want To Be Where the Normal People Are". Whether you want to know about the less than glamorous symptoms of anxiety or what constitutes feeling like an adult, Andrea invites you to sing along, celebrate and commiserate our weirdly specific and wonderful place in the world today. Join southside singer/songwriter Andrea for her new show "Sing Funny, Cry Inside", a musical performance for the not so well adjusted individual. Andrea will help you to commiserate and even celebrate life's idiosyncrasies.
GUILLEM GENÉ - MUSIC
Guillem Gené, is a singer songwriter from Barcelona living in Glasgow. He started his career over ten years ago and has played more gigs than he can count, between his original music, cover bands and both individual and collaborative projects he’s undertaken over the years. For three years, Guillem was the lead singer of a Catalan rock band, called ‘Mostassa’, which won several awards. He has released three albums, one of which with Mostassa. He would describe his current style as being a blend of acoustic, rock and with a folk flair. He’s been living in Glasgow for a year and has been writing music and performing it around the city (pre-lockdown). The powerful singer from Barcelona who looks more Scottish than most Scots. Playing an acoustic set of original material, fuelled with high emotions and vulnerability that is sure to either move or shake you.
PAUL RICE - MUSIC
Some tunes written and performed by Paul Rice introduces us to the song writing of Paul Rice. The songs have been percolating since early 2017. If there's an overarching theme, it's the struggle to stay sensitive and hopeful in a world that is callous and unforgiving. Paul grew up around Chicago, but he’s now settled in the Southside of Glasgow. He’s busked in dozens of states and countries, including this one, and Paul’s been writing and performing original music for a whole bunch of years, with a range of influences including fuzzy indie rock and old-time folk music. Since coming to Glasgow he’s mostly just been hoarding songs and tinkering with them until he finds the right collaborators with whom to try to build something fresh. Paul sings and plays guitar and banjo, mostly. We’re stoked he’s sharing his hoard with Plugged In & Wired.
SEAN WAI KEUNG - SPOKEN WORD
Sean Wai Keung is a writer, performer and spoken word artist who's lived in Southside now for about five years. Sean has performed at places like Sonnet Youth, Anatomy Arts and Inn Deep and writes a lot about topics including migration, identity and food. Glasgow is filled with spirits and ghosts. Sometimes, there are people who can see them and talk to them. "the possession" is a spoken word piece about history and identity, which melts together the classical Chinese myth of Hungry Ghosts and Glasgow's own slave-trader history. With an incredible performance by Southsider Sean, and as seen in the Haunted Voices Anthology, by Haunt Publishing.
MORGAN CRY – LITERATURE
'Live' from Spain - 'Thirty-One Bones' a crime thriller by Morgan Cry. Morgan tells us about himself, his new Spanish crime thriller 'Thirty-One Bones' and takes us on a tour of Javea on the Costa Blanca - the inspiration for his new novel's fictional town of El Descaro - talking about the locations, the characters and the story behind the book. When Daniella Coulstoun's estranged mother Effie dies in Spain under suspicious circumstances, she feels it's her duty to fly out for the funeral. On arrival, Daniella is confronted by a dangerous group of expat misfits who claim that Effie stole huge sums of cash from them in a multi-million property scam. They want the money back… Intrgued? We are. Ian Rankin called ‘Thirty-One Bones’, ‘Sweaty, seedy fun’ and the Sunday Post found it ‘Rivetting’. As the author of eight novels to date Morgan (aka Gordon Brown) offers you a break from these dark winter months, sprinkled with some Spanish sun, intrigue and crime. Gordon Brown has eight crime and thriller books published to date, along with a novella and a number of short stories. Under his new expat alias, Morgan Cry, his latest crime thriller, ’Thirty-One Bones’, set in Spain, is published by Polygon. Available now it will also be released in the US by Skyhorse Publishing on the 4th of May. The sequel to ‘Thirty-One Bones’, called ‘Six Wounds’, will be out in June 2021. Southsider Gordon also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival, he’s a DJ on local radio - pulseonair.co.uk and runs a strategic planning consultancy. Married with two children and living in Muirend, Gordon tells us in his former lives he’s delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final!
GREENFINCH - MUSIC
Plugged In & Wired presents a solo set by Seòras from Greenfinch. Delighted to be back on stage after so many months, playing old and new songs stripped down to Acoustic guitar and vocals. Greenfinch are a Glasgow-based five piece who perform folk-inflected songs built on a warm bed of intertwining guitars and vocals – in English and Gaelic. There will generally be two acoustic guitars and two slightly confused hippies, but there are often also several other superb musicians playing a host of instruments and looking after the longhairs. Greenfinch have been performing in Scotland for several years in various guises from solo acoustic to seven piece with glockenspiel, piano, violin, cello and trumpet.
We'll be back on Sunday, introducing you to the last of our Plugged In & Wired acts, stay tuned Southsiders ...