CONCERT REVIEW : DYLAN JOHN THOMAS, Barrowlands, Glasgow April 29th 2022

LOCAL BOYS RAISE THE ROOF OFF THE OLD GLASGOW VENUE

It was a big night for Scottish music lovers at the iconic Barrowland Ballroom, with 2 young, up and coming talents gracing the famous stage for a sold-out night of musical entertainment.

Singer Murdo Mitchell was personally invited by the headliner Dylan John Thomas to be the support on the evening, having been friends for a number of years.  Having been inspired by Glasgow street buskers at an early age, Mitchell tried his hand at busking at the age of 11 and caught the performing bug, honing his talents on the streets and occasional studio visits, and now he has gigs in the pipeline in his own right.  Tonight though his short set was well received by the ever expanding Barrowlands crowd, and he would no doubt have gained a number of new fans who may have been unaware of his talents.  Top tunes such as Ghosts, Hollow and Faded only emphasised this. A great cover of the Franz Ferdinand track Take Me Out finished his set.  Definitely a young man we will hear more of in the future.

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  • Murdo Mitchell  - Barrowland Glasgow 29th April 2022

Dylan John Thomas is the next big thing in Scottish music.  Following hard on the heels of Gerry Cinnamon and more recently Lewis Capaldi, he started treading the boards as a street busker, similar to Murdo his support act.  Growing up in foster care, he learned the guitar and listened to the music of his namesake and his contemporaries, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel.  At the age of 16 he was spotted by Gerry Cinnamon and invited on tour of the UK and Europe where he developed as a musician and songwriter.  And now he returns to the Barrowland Ballroom, a weird feeling as he remarked in a recent interview ‘returning to the place where he used to get PlayStation games at the markets’ to playing his music to a full house.  An event ‘beyond his wildest dreams.’ 

The opening of the show was more akin to a big night at Hampden, with ‘footy tune’ Carnival de Paris over the PA as his intro music, sending the patrons into a state of euphoria with drink, legs and brown wigs flying all over the place.  The crowd is now full to bulging with every young lady desperate to get on the barrier at the front for a close-up view of their new idol. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and a couple of band members, Thomas ripped thru a setlist of pop songs, with every crowd member in full voice in accompaniment.  The music was terrific, very much in the mould of Gerry Cinnamon, the lyrics tell tales of life, the tunes are catchy wee toe tappers and the vocals undoubtably Glaswegian, with most folk in the room relating to the music.

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With songs such as Problems, Nobody Else, Feel The Fire, Jenna and Fever, the set of around an hour and 15 minutes was flying in, and a cover version of the first song he mastered, Ring of Fire was a highlight of the evening, which was over before you knew it.  The audience, many adorning those curly brown wigs purchased from the merch stall to mimic Dylan left the venue with smiles as wide as the Clyde, which was not unexpected.  It was a great night hearing new music, the support acts set things up nicely for the main man, and being a local boy with such talent, he couldn’t possibly fail.  Dylan John Thomas is the real deal.

Review & Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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