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Celtic Connections 2023

FRETS presents Hungry Beat

Sat 4 February 2023

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Three men stand against a white wall.

Photo by Gavin Fraser

Enjoy an evening of subtle dislocation in celebration of the book, Hungry Beat: The Scottish Pop Underground Movement.

At 6.15pm Nicola Meighan chairs the 'Fun N’ Frenzy' panel discussion on the independent post-punk movement in Glasgow. Guests include Robert Hodgens (The Bluebells), Alison Gourlay (Jazzateers), James King (The Lone Wolves), Jacquie Bradley-Heeps (Sophisticated Boom Boom / The Hellfire Club) and Malcolm Ross (Josef K/ Orange Juice/ Aztec Camera).

From 7.30pm hear live performances by The Hungry Beat Group (with guest vocalists) and Restricted Code. Grant McPhee’s interview film about the Postcard period - The Glasgow School - will play on the main theatre stage screen between performances.

Hungry Beat was written by Douglas MacIntyre, Grant McPhee and Neil Cooper and published by White Rabbit. The cultural contribution made by 2 Scottish independent music labels, Fast Product and Postcard, is immense .

Bob Last, Hilary Morrison, Alan Horne and Edwyn Collins helped to create a confidence in being Scottish that had not existed in pop music. Or the arts in general in Scotland. Their fierce independent spirit stamped a mark of quality on everything they achieved. As did their role in the emergence of regional independent labels and cultural agitators, such as Rough Trade, Factory and Zoo. Hungry Beat is an oral history of these labels and the Scottish post-punk period.

The Hungry Beat Group perform 2 sets featuring songs associated with the Fast Product, pop:aural, and Postcard Records period in post-punk Scotland. Members are from Aztec Camera, Article 58 and Josef K . They perform songs by these groups plus The Mekons, Scars, Fire Engines, Orange Juice, Jazzateers, Vic Godard, and more.

They are joined by guest vocalists Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), Bobby Bluebell and Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells), Tam Dean Burn(The Dirty Reds), Dave Carson (Boots For Dancing), Fay Fife (The Rezillos), Jazzateers (Alison Gourlay & Grahame Skinner), James King (The Lone Wolves), James Kirk (Orange Juice), Katy Lironi (The Secret Goldfish), Stephen McRobbie (The Pastels), and Monica Queen.

Restricted Code have recently reformed and play a set of the songs they released on the pop:aural label, produced and managed by Bob Last.

“A new book that captures the excitement and chaos of Scotland’s independent pop underground movement” (The List)

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Doors open: 6:00pm




Tickets: £28 (includes booking fee)


Wheelchair accessible

Tickets no longer available