The Scotsman Review 16th March 2015
IT’S not every day that you find a shop converted into a concert venue, but Loud & Clear’s Leith-based audio emporium was doing a good impression of a mini-Usher Hall last week.
Staff spent hours clearing away the many hi-fi units, speakers and winding cables, creating an intimate space to host about 30 guests gathered to hear Scots songstress Amy Duncan.
Accompanied by harpist Fiona Rutherford and Lawrie MacMillan on bass guitar, Duncan worked her way through a terrific set of back-catalogue numbers and new, never-heard-before material.
The gig came a year to the day since a similar event was staged at the Newhaven Road store as part of a week-long series of events organised with Meridian Audio to celebrate the launch of the British firm’s latest loudspeakers.
A key figure present then was Paul Webb, from Meridian, who sadly passed away at the end of October, aged just 38, after being struck down with a virus.
Following the 2014 concert, he had become a big fan of Duncan and her music and the anniversary event paid tribute to Webb, who is survived by his wife Jo and their three daughters.
An understandably anxious Duncan, who admitted to having not played live for about six months while she works on her new album, seemed relieved after song number one: “That’s the first nervy number out of the way,” she confessed to the appreciative audience.
By Scott Reid