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NuTrax (Stevie Palmer)

By | Published on Wednesday 31 August 2011

While countless fans scream for Jimmy Eat World and Amanda F*cking Palmer, here, in a community centre back room with the house-lights still on, Scotland’s best-kept musical secret are playing to an audience of ten. Stevie Palmer and Ciaran Dorris play the sort of ethereal folk-tinged acoustic that sends shivers down the spine. The two men take turns playing songs from their solo albums: Palmer sings poignantly of university students and juvenile delinquents sharing street-space in ‘Graduation Day’, while Dorris focus is on his family and childhood in Northern Ireland. It’s a shame that they don’t collaborate more – it’s more like two solo acts than a band – but this is astonishingly good stuff.

Acoustic Music Centre at St Brides, 18, 25 Aug, times vary, £6.00 – £8.00, fpp214
tw rating 4/5