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James Grant concert, Abbot House


By Dunfermline.info - Tue, 20th Oct 2009

Former ‘Love and Money’ band member James Grant will be appearing in the Long Gallery in Abbot House on Thursday 29th October. 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm), Long Gallery Abbot House, Maygate, Dunfermline.
James Grant concert
Thursday 29th October. 8:00pm (doors open 7:00pm)
Long Gallery Abbot House, Maygate, Dunfermline.

Tickets £12. Available from Abbot House on 733266 and Third Base Records 722554.

Former ‘Love and Money’ band member James Grant will be appearing in the Long Gallery in Abbot House on Thursday 29th October as part of a collaborative venture between Dunfermline Heritage Trust and the Dunfermline Folk Club.

James Grant`s career began in the early eighties, when he formed Friends Again with Chris Thompson (The Bathers). They preferred Supertramp to The Velvet Underground and what’s more, were not afraid to admit it. Although short-lived, their influence was huge, helping to define the emerging sound of the Scottish bands that followed them.

It was in Love and Money that James found more widespread recognition; four albums, working with legendary producers such as Gary Katz(Steely Dan) and Tom Dowd(Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin) several hit singles, a world-wide following and silver discs in the UK helped seal his reputation as one of the best songwriters in the country.

In 1996 he contributed four songs to the solo album of Capercaillie vocalist Karen Matheson, including the title track The Dreaming Sea. He has written extensively on all of Karen’s` solo albums and continues to work in her band.
Working with musician and producer Donald Shaw and a stellar cast of players he delivered the stunning debut solo album Sawdust In My Veins, followed by the equally acclaimed follow-ups My Thrawn Glory, I Shot The Albatross and Holy Love.

Strange Flowers, his fifth album as a solo artist is released March 2009. The former vocalist with Friends Again and Love And Money is four records into a solo career now, of which this one sounds the starkest. Acoustic guitars, the odd mandolin or banjo, lend a subdued country air to Grant`s yearning, soulful voice. Essentially there is nothing to get in the way of his songs. They sometimes carry a mournful cargo: on "The Streets You Walk Every Day" there are "bouquets at the school gate: last night`s joy ride". But the prevalent tone is that of a wry mind charting an impassioned heart.

The best three or four numbers, like the title track and "Before She Shot The Arrow", are darkly beautiful. They suggest he is receiving visits from the same Muse who once paid regular attention to Van Morrison. Most apparent in "Holy Love" is the exploration of romantic longing through spiritual images: Mary Magdalene, suffering martyrs, lustful looks across the nave. It`s uplifting, if not upbeat. Grant has obviously tramped the high walled exercise yard of Catholic guilt, but he has not lost site of the sky.

Tickets for this event are on sale priced £12 at Abbot House on 733266 and also at Third Base Records, who are kindly sponsoring this event, on 722554.



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