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Comedy That Comes to You!

Hats off to John Rappalini at the Clyde Bar in Helensburgh. John was in the same year as myself at Hermitage Academy many moons ago and has run the Clyde for many years. I’ve played there several times over the years as a member of three different bands and as half of a duo. Last night a couple of friends and myself went along to an excellent comedy night there.

There were about fifty or so people there but really this quality of entertainment 25 miles from the city should attract many more – especially with a door price of only £4. Over the years many well known bands have played there (including Travis, pre-fame, who featured it on one of their videos)

There were four great comics on show, Allan Anderson the compere, Kevin Hayes from Belfast, Jay Lafferty from Greenock and headlining was BLFP corresponent Stu Who?

Allan Anderson’s antics really got the crowd going. This guy is a smart cookie because no matter where a member of the audience said they were from, he knew how to ‘get’ them. Kevin Hayes although maybe a bit nervous has some cracking material, for example ‘The scientologists have established a centre in Belfast. Just what we need another fucking religion!’ ‘The Hari Krishnas didn’t last long what with their orange robes and their drums’ ‘We have a large gay community in Ireland or as we call them, the clergy!’

Jay Lafferty showed no nerves at all. This 26 year old girl is someone I’m sure we’ll hear more of. She was assured, calm and very funny. Mind you I’m trying to think of one of her jokes that is fit to grace my rather staid pages. I think we’d better move on!

Then it was Stu.I was pleased I’d brought a couple of friends along, that makes it like you’re hearing the stuff for the first time! Although having said that Stu didn’t do an identical set to the recent one in Jongleurs, he changed a few things. He was talking about Scottish band names and gave Harmonica Lewinsky a mention. Amongst my favourites were Ned Zeppelin, The Govan Spoonful and Gallus Cooper!

Stu’s one of these comedians who’s straight into another story or gag before the laughter’s died down from the last one.

I hope the crowds continue to grow for these comedy nights. Maybe like the van Stu talks about, some Helensburgh people haven’t yet grasped the concept of comedy that comes to them.

It’s their loss.

The Blues Masters – Seasick Steve

He talks the talk, he walks the walk. Check out his story here and his Myspace here and even his website here

He’s low-tech, he’s high-tech, looks the part, he knows his art. Seasick Steve IS the blues in 2008.

Has the SNP Bubble Burst?

Hardly the most imaginative headline I suppose but the question has to be asked after Labour held Glenrothes with more than a 6,000 majority.

Glenrothes is the neighbouring constituency to Gordon Brown’s and his position will be consolidated by the result.

The Tories were in third place nearly 12,000 votes behind the SNP.

To attempt to answer my own question I’d say not necessarily. The kingdom of Fife has a character and outlook all of its own quite distinct from the central belt of Scotland. Lets wait and see.