Thursday, 7 July 2016

When it all goes wrong, but ends up so right

A couple of weeks ago (23rd June) Robbie Flanagan performed a brief set of new songs at Frisky Froyo as part of Sofar Sounds Edinburgh. His setlist was (supposed to be) as follows:

  1. Head Full of History
  2. Grow
  3. A Day Passed Me By
  4. Breath
  5. This is Not your Song

In the end Robbie actually only played the first three, but that is neither here nor there as the songs, as well as the audience response, were fantastic! 

I was in attendance only to listen and watch (and take some photos), but the thing that struck me when I arrived at this independent yoghurt shop was that there were a lot of people attending for such a small venue. This got me excited straight away, because the thought of acoustic artists playing in a little room means it's going to be really snug. And, in turn, the chance of people being quiet and listening to the music is high. (This was something that Robbie and Nicola from the Humors pointed out during their sets).


By the time Robbie had started his set, this modest one-room yogurt shop had transformed into a bustling music venue with full attention on the musician at-hand. He started with some new songs Head Full of History, Grow and A Day Passed Me By - the second song being a front runner for single on his forthcoming EP release at the end of the month. The response from the audience after the third song finished was euphoric, Robbie had blown them away with his new songs. However, he was unable to finish the next song due to restarting the song 3 times and a snapped string (despite trying his heart out!) ... but that that didn't stop the amazing Sofar Sounds Edinburgh audience from showing their huge support and appreciation.

I have to mention that the Sofar Sounds Edinburgh crew did a great job of organising the event as well as bringing in a crowd of passionate and friendly music fans. Really looking forward to the next one!

In his own words Robbie says ...

"I had a great time playing at Sofar Sounds Edinburgh, despite my glasses relentless falling from my face due to the heat of a tiny packed room. Such intimate gigs don't come around too often and it didn't go unnoticed by me, I am very grateful to have the opportunity to play a show to a respectful audience.

Not many crowds would stand by you as you made a mess of one of your songs 3 or 4 times and allowed you to start the song over (that doesn't usually happen, but hey there's a first for everything). I also unfortunately snapped a string for the first time too while playing live. But as ever the crowd was behind me on that too.

Once again a huge thanks to everyone involved, it's got to be the best disastrous show I've ever played!"

... which proves that sometimes when it all goes wrong, at the same time, it ends up so right!

* You can watch a recently recorded session of Robbie performing This is Not Your Song live at Perth Museum and Art Gallery (below):

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Welcome and hello ...

This is the very first blog post for Ganbei Records and I have to admit it's been a long time coming. It has been almost one year since I started the label and a lot has happened in that time. We have released singles from very talented artists and very soon we'll be releasing more ... this time a couple of EPs. See below the music we've released so far in chronological order.

GoodCopGreatCop - "Write On Me"(single)



Release date: 15th November 2015 // www.fb.com/gcgcmusic

Robbie Flanagan - "This Is Not Your Song" (single)



Release date: 5th February 2016 // www.robbieflanagan.bandcamp.com

Paul Go - "Fox In The Garden" (single)



Release date: 1st May 2016 // www.ganbeirecords.com/paul-go