Apr 6 2012 Ayrshire Post (main ed)
HI again guys from Down Under!
This is my last column from Australia as I'll be heading back to Ayrshire by the time you read these words.
As much as I love travelling I think anybody must dread the long flights.
I must say I'm really looking forward to coming back to Scotland, the banter is unique and we've a fantastic music scene which I did indeed miss in my time over here.
But it was great to soak up some particularly Australian sounds here.
I've also just heard it's started snowing in Scotland as I write this column – brilliant!
I had a really enjoyable weekend just there with gigging and going to see The Pogues and Crosby Stills and Nash at the West Coast Blues and Roots Festival in Fremantle.
Obviously both are absolute institutions and it was my first time seeing either.
The Pogues drew an absolutely massive Irish fanbase from the Perth area as I expected and people were really going nuts for them for their blend of Irish roots, folk and punk.
Classics such as Streams of Whiskey, Dirty Old Town, Irish Rover and Fiesta had tens of thousands of music fans all bouncing in unison in the warmth of the sunshine.
Shane MacGowan certainly seemed to live up to his reputation and delivered a rousing vocal performance all the more for it, it was engaging, passionate and quite literally intoxicating.
A real pleasure for me to hear live for the first time.
Crosby, Stills & Nash are widely regarded as forefathers and original propogators of rock n' roll music by many legends throughout music history including Jimi Hendrix and Joni Mitchell.
They have become part of the framework of rock n' roll since their very first gig at Woodstock in front of 500,000 young music fans four decades ago.
What an experience for a first gig for them. This was my very first time hearing them live, I had been put on to them by a musician friend from Ayrshire previously who told me enthusiastically that they were absolutely his favourite band of all time.
On listening to them I could understand why.
To hear them live was a revelatory experience and something quite amazing and different.
It was apparent from the crowd that the majority of them knew most of the words to their songs.
They have an absolutely massive catalogue of songs spanning the four decades they have been together and they played plenty of great songs from 'Crosby, Stills & Nash' , Déjà vu, American Dream and Live It Up. The interplay between the three musicians is nothing short of mesmorising and the concert as a whole was a real masterclass, as I was told quite rightly that it would be.
I'd just like to say a huge thanks to Sunset Events for the media pass for attending what was an amazing event.
As if hearing The Pogues and Crosby, Stills & Nash in the Australian sun wasn't amazing enough it was an absolute joy to hear and see The Specials run through what was an absolute joy of a set to hear and dance to. The Specials are loved everywhere they go and Perth Australia was no exception.
The first few bars of 'Ghost Town' would get anyone excited.
l Great news for Fatherson of Kilmarnock who have recently been added to the main BBC Radio 1 playlist for 'Introducing', this will see their music played to a huge national audience and will surely see them gaining many new fans, the band are certainly ever on the rise, well done guys!
l Gigs : Saturday, April 7: Breast Way Round Event for MacMillan Cancer Support - Harleys, Nile Court, Ayr from noon till 11:30pm;
Attica Rage, Six Mile Wide, Dead Barklay, Duffy's Gypsy Band, Paligap Hendrix Tribute and more.