Triptych - Eight Ball

  • The List
  • 10 April 2008

Triptych veterans to pick their highlights from past festivals

Chris ‘Beans’ Geddes

DJ, and one seventh of Belle & Sebastian
Candi Staton played Renfrew Ferry and ended a triumphant show by passing the mic into the audience as her band played endless choruses of ‘Young Hearts Run Free’. It gets passed between increasingly drunk and out of tune girls and boys before the band launch into ‘You Got the Love’.


Sub Club resident and Glasgow DJing legend
Highlights for me would be meeting Dr Alimantado at one of the Glasgow launch nights. Jimmy Cliff’s great chat at the screening of The Harder they Come, Adrian Sherwood’s blistering live set at the CCA in Glasgow with excellent DJ support from Jerry Dammers. All cases of your heroes more than living up to your expectations.

David Shrigley

Artists and designer of the Triptych livery for 2007
The highlight of Stockhausen’s showat Tramway was him introducing the two pieces. He explained how best to listen to it (in darkness with eyes closed). It was memorable just to be in the company of someone so important to the history of modern music. It was like meeting Mozart or something.

Neil Mowat

Triptych Co-programmer
I guess Grace Jones re-uniting with Sly and Robbie is pretty much unforgettable. It took a couple of days to cajole Grace into rehearsing but when we finally got them in the same room together it was magical. It was the first time they had played together in 20 years; they just eased into this incredibly tight version of ‘Pull Up to the Bumper’. I was spellbound by it.

Jerry Dammers

DJ, musician and raconteur
It has to be a toss-up between the Sun Ra Arkestra and Prince Buster. Hearing Prince Buster performing
‘Enjoy Yourself’ was a very special
Specials moment!

Bill Wells

Musician and Triptych regular
Supporting Teenage Fanclub after having recorded and mixed an entire album with Jad Fair that same afternoon . . . watching Tori Kudo respond to a heckler’s impatient ‘1, 2, 3, 4’ by starting the whole band playing on that count in at a completely different tempo . . . Arab Strap’s event in Aberdeen
. . . Terry Riley confounding expectations.

George Kyle

Tennent’s Lager
The launch party at Tall Ship with Teenage Fanclub was the culmination of over a year’s hard work and planning; frantically setting up a great venue a couple of days before the big event, worrying about people turning up and over 250 people coming along to welcome something completely different in the Scottish music scene.

Stephen McRobbie

The Pastels / Geographic
Geographic Day, The Tron, Glasgow, 2005. Movietone moving slowly through the audience playing playing their beautiful homespun jazz-folk summed up the ad-hoc brilliance of our annual Tron event which Triptych were kind enough to facilitate.

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