CONCERT REVIEW : When Rivers Meet, Oran Mor Glasgow 7th May 2022


Blues rock duo When Rivers Meet arrive in Scotland for the Glasgow leg of their UK tour, for a much-anticipated show, with support provided by guitarist Troy Redfern.

Opener Redfern takes to the stage in the intimate venue, dressed in leather, adorning a cowboy hat and armed with a fistful of guitars and a pedal board which performs tricks Paul Daniels would be proud of, and show cases his undeniable talents for the ever-growing audience.  In his short half hour slot, he powered through half a dozen tracks including some from his recent release The Fire Cosmic, and a barnstorming finale of the Hendrix classic Voodoo Chile.  With the slide prominent in his music, it’s hard to believe there’s only one guy on stage, such is the wizardry of the man.  As the lights went up, the crowd showed their appreciation of a very talented musician.  A great start to the evening.

After a short break, the lights dim once again and the Thunder classic Love Walked In played over the PA, the excitement was cranked up as the band took to the stage.  Grace Bond finds it difficult to stop smiling as the reception for their first Glasgow show is immense.  Eventually music interrupts the crowd’s adulation, and the band break into Did I Break the Law. 

Playing live with a full band is somewhat of a novelty for the front duo, husband and wife Grace and Aaron Bond, but the addition of Roger Inniss on bass guitar and James Fox on drums only enhances the already fabulous music.  Walking in the Wire, Don’t Tell Me Goodbye, I Can’t Fight This Feeling continue on the ninety-minute set, songs taken from the bands debut album We Fly Free and more recent release Saving Grace, and each track well received by the Glasgow fans.

The title track of the band’s first album We Fly Free sees Grace leave the stage to wander around the crowd, getting up close and personal, before returning for a stripped back rendition of Bury My Body, only her and Aaron on stage, and with Grace on violin.  Tremendous stuff.

Want Your Love is the set closer, and the band leave for a well-earned break, before returning for the encore.  Time constraints in the venue only allows for one more track and Testify fills that slot. One last rapturous applause from the crowd follows before the evening is done.

WRM are a great band, their take on rock and blues music is very listenable, and Grace Bond on vocals has great presence on stage.  Husband Aaron delivers guitars on point, and together they make a fabulous sound.  Their two album releases are filled with some fine tunes, and they’re definitely a band to see live.  Top marks!

Review and Photographs by Stephen Wilson

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