Thursday, October 25, 2012

Michael Marra

Mum texted me yesterday with the news of Michael Marra's death. I was sad. When I lived in Glasgow I saw him perform a good few times: at the Royal Concert Hall, the Tron Theatre and the wonderful Cottiers Theatre. I think the Tron gig might even have been a full Semple family trip.

His songs are stories: rich, eccentric and funny stories. And, in a live setting, every song was prefaced with a languid introduction which used that brilliant 50-a-day voice, as well as much Scots dialect. Music inspired by Americana combined with Dundonian lingo was always going to be a compelling mix for me.

He was a brilliant writer and I'm sad I won't get to see him play again.

Try If I was an Englishman and If Dundee was Africa if you're unfamiliar with his work.


Anonymous said...

Ca fait du bien d'entendre de la musique comme j'aimais tant avant ....
Un autre monde maintenant...

Allez - on pratique son fran├žais ! ;-)

Graeme said...

Je suis content que tu souvien de lui!

As you can see .. I need to practice my French!