CONCERT REVIEW : DYLAN JOHN THOMAS, Barrowlands, Glasgow 8th December 2022

It was another top night for fans of new music at the Barras on Thursday, with 3 of the most exciting young talents taking to the famous stage for a sold-out evening of musical entertainment.

Singer Murdo Mitchell was invited back by the top man Dylan John Thomas having toured with him earlier in the year, to be opening support on the evening.  Having met as buskers in Glasgow city centre, the pair go back a long way, and have a mutual admiration of each other’s music.  Tonight, his short set was well received by the Barrowlands crowd, and again he would have gained a number of new fans possibly unaware of his music and talent.  Top tunes such as Ghosts, Hollow and Faded only emphasised this. Murdo has announced a nine date UK tour for 2023 including a night at King Tuts in April.  Definitely a young man to watch out for.

  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022
  • DYLAN JOHN THOMAS - BARROWLAND GLASGOW 8TH DECEMBER 2022

Next up are Welsh outfit The Royston Club.  Hailing from Wrexham and formed in 2017, TRC are Tom Faithful on lead vocals, Dave Tute on bass, Sam Jones on drums and Ben Mattias, the bands main songwriter on lead guitar and backup vocals.  Their set mainly consisted of their early singles including Shawshank, Waster, Kerosene and Mrs Narcissistic.  Great tunes, great energy and great guitars, another band who have a big future ahead of them.

Dylan John Thomas is the latest big name in Scottish music.  A protégé of Gerry Cinnamon, he started off his musical life as a street busker, similar to Murdo as previously mentioned, and after being spotted by Cinnamon was invited on tour of the UK and Europe where he honed his talents.  Having already sold out the famous venue earlier in the year, the singer songwriter is back at the Barrowlands for another couple of gigs, with tickets like gold dust.  No buying hooky games for his PlayStation at the market downstairs this time!

The background music finds everyone in full voice, the old tunes are well before the time of most of this evening’s crowd, but im sure Andy Williams and Bruce Channel would approve of the mass Barrowland karaoke before regular footy tune Carnival de Paris blasts from the PA.   The main lights dim and the intro music sends the packed young audience into a state of euphoria with drink, legs and brown wigs flying all over the place.  With only an acoustic guitar to defend himself, Dylan and a couple of extra band members take to the stage.  Thomas ripped thru a setlist of top pop songs, with every one of the Glasgow crowd singing along as if their life depended on it.  The tunes are catchy wee toe tappers and the vocals don’t disguise the Scottish accent.

The atmosphere inside the venue is absolutely electric.  Opening with the terrific track Jenna, he carried on with Problems, Do I Wanna Know? Nobody Else, Feel The Fire and Fever.  The 80-minute set flew in and before you know it the night is over.  The musical ability is not in question and the tunes are sounding terrific after a year to dream of, Dylan is going from strength to strength after sell out shows all over the UK and several summer festival appearances spreading his name far and wide.  At the moment, the young Glaswegian can do no wrong. Great stuff.

Review and Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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