CONCERT REVIEW: Samantha Fish / Felix Rabin – Saint Lukes – Glasgow 28th February 2020

Samantha Fish // Photo Credit: © Edyta Krzesak

The venue tonight is the converted church in Glasgows East End ,St Lukes ,or to give it, its full name St Luke & The Winged Ox which is a mere stone throw from the renown Glasgow venue The Barrowlands.

Félix Rabin

Opening tonights show is Swiss singer songwriter Felix Rabin a new name on me but by the end of his set tonight a name firmly imprinted on my mind. To find out later that he is only 20 years of age is incredible , for him being so young, the intricacy of his guitar playing and the maturity of his voice is phenomenal.
His self penned songs go down a treat with the crowd, who have all turned up early to the sold out venue to witness Rabin. He is ably backed up by a drummer & bassist whose names unfortunately I didn’t catch but contributed hugely to his success tonight . He closes the set with an outstanding version of Jimi Hendrix’s Voodoo Child and leaves to a cacophony of applause. The queue at the merch desk afterwards to meet him & buy his music, shows how well he went down tonight . Miss this young man at your peril .

Samantha Fish has recently released her 6th solo album ‘Kill or be Kind’ , tonight is the opening leg of the UK tour in support of it .

Samantha Fish // Photo Credit: © Laurence Harvey

Prior to her taking the stage, her band have centre stage and special guest musician on her tour Nicholas David opens the show at his organ and sings ‘Love your Lies’ . Samantha then makes her entrance and launches into her most recent single ‘ Bulletproof’ and what a belting version it is ,and immediately gets the crowd singing along . The title track of her new album ‘Kill or be Kind ‘ is next followed by ‘Watch it die ‘ and ‘Love Letters’ . Between chatting to the crowd and her band , the night is flying in and the quality of her songwriting is evident , she has many strings to her bow in her writing , rock , blues and dare I say a hint of punk thrown in for good measure. 

Samantha Fish // Photo Credit Michael Emanuele

Not only can she sing but shreds a mean guitar at the same time. ‘ Little baby ‘ , ‘ No Angels ‘ and ‘Highway ‘ all get an outing tonight . Her band can’t half also play , but unfortunately ive struggled to find out who her touring band members are but take a bow gentlemen ,you were all outstanding . My favourite song of the night was set closer ‘Bitch on the run’ . On stage encore tonight is ‘Im interested ‘ . This is the first time ive seen Samantha but it definitely won’t be the last . She has a stage presence that ive not seen in a long time , confident in her singing and guitar playing, but also that she knows she has bloody good rock & blues songs that go down well tonight with the audience who show their appreciation with the applause after every song , at the end of the show and by merely turning up and making this a sold out show . Hurry back please.

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Reviewed by Craig Cooper

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