Music Like a Vitamin - O2 ABC, Glasgow, Sat 2 Oct 2010 (4 stars)

The Fruit Tree Foundation presents Music Like a Vitamin

Rod Jones, Emma Pollock, Jenny Reeve and Karine Polwart

For their Music Like A Vitamin event, Idlewild’s Rod Jones and The Delgados’ Emma Pollock have enlisted a Scottish musical dream team to create a fundraising album. Coinciding with the annual Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, The Fruit Foundation Vol 1 features members from Frightened Rabbit, Sparrow & The Workshop and The Twilight Sad, alongside Alasdair Roberts, Jenny Reeve, Karine Polwart and James Yorkston.

They perform the album in its entirety here tonight and, despite missing Yorkston and Sparrow’s Jill O’ Sullivan, this all-star cast works impressively well together. The set encompasses a variety of moods, though on the whole, it’s fantastically upbeat and powerful. It’s a joy to watch Jones and Pollock lead the charge, fuelled by Dutch courage and excitement. However, Jenny Reeve and Karine Polwart’s duet on ‘Tooth and Claw’, the Scott Hutchison-led ‘I Forgot To Fall’ and his tag team with The Twilight Sad’s James Graham on ‘Splinter’ are all undoubted highlights too.