Sun 18th Feb 2018 19:00
Poetry and music from Liz Lochhead with Steve Kettley, David Cameron, & Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines)
Liz Lochhead with Steve Kettley
From bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Liz Lochhead, Scotland’s former Makar (national poet) and recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry mixes poems and monologues to spellbinding effect, accompanied by the witty, soulful saxophone of Steve Kettley.
No insult can be levelled at a Scotsman / That can’t be countered with, Aye, that’s right, pal, / And don’t forget it. I crawled, walked and ran. / I am the fruit of Glasgow overspill.’ So wrote David Cameron, the Hennessy Literary Award winner called by Ron Butlin ‘one of the most insightful and thought-provoking poets around’.
Eugene Kelly (The Vaselines)
Eugene is a Glasgow born musician/songwriter who began writing and recording music in 1987 with The Vaselines.
The Vaselines released two singles and one LP on Edinburgh label 53rd & 3rd and remained in obscurity until Seattle band Nirvana recorded three of their songs. The Vaselines song 'Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam’ was included on Nirvana's MTV Unplugged LP.
The Vaselines 1980s career was brief and ended with the band splitting up the week their debut album Dum Dum was released in 1989.They reformed for a one off support to Nirvana at Edinburgh Calton Studios in 2000. He was invited by Nirvana onstage at the 1991 Reading Festival to sing the Vaseline's song 'Molly's Lips' and his band, Captain America, went onto support Nirvana on their U.K. 'Nevermind' tour.
Eugene continued to record and tour throughout the 1990s with new band 'eugenius’, releasing LP's 'Oomalama' and 'Mary Queen Of Scots' on Atlantic Records.
Eugene has toured as a member of The Pastels and BMX Bandits and collaborated with members of Snow Patrol in The Reindeer Section and with members of Teenage Fanclub in Astro Chimp. He has contributed vocals on Future Pilot track Beat Of A Drum and toured with Isobel Campbell as stand in vocalist for Mark Lanagan as she toured her album throughout Europe and the U.S.A.
His solo album 'Man Alive' was released in 2004 on Rev-Ola records in U.K. and Sympathy For The Record Industry in the U.S.A.
The Vaselines reformed in 2008 releasing albums Sex With An X on Sub Pop records in 2010 and V For Vaselines on Rosary Music in 2014 and they found a new audience for their music when touring Europe,U.S.A.,Japan and Brazil.
Eugene is currently writing new songs for a solo album.