Glorious Traces a three day festival celebrating Glasgow's Glad Café fourth birthday
- Stewart Smith
- 4 August 2016
Lineup includes RM Hubbert, Ela Orleans, Ian William Craig, Trembling Bells and Tom Paley
Glasgow's Glad Café celebrates its fourth birthday with Glorious Traces, an eclectic three-day music festival taking place across several southside venues. RM Hubbert, Trembling Bells, Ela Orleans and American folk legend Tom Paley head up a bill programmed by the Glad team, alongside guest curators Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson, Counterflows and the electronic Save As Collective.
Now 88, Paley was a major figure of the 1950s folk revival, influencing the young Bob Dylan. Roberts first met Paley at a traditional singing event in Fife. 'He kindly gave me a loan of his beautiful pre-war parlour guitar, which reaffirmed for me the fact that generosity and humility are the hallmarks of the truly great,' says Roberts.
Roberts' Saturday night bill also features Brighton-based singer, guitarist and accordionist Mary Hampton, Irish singer Brigid Mae Power, and Marry Waterson, daughter of the late, great English songwriter and artist Lal Waterson.
Alex Neilson's Psychedelic Yorkshire night showcases acts from the region's 'cosmic/scum underground', as the Trembling Bells mastermind puts it. 'Hopefully people will appreciate some common threads between the rock actions of Mick Flower, Ashtray Navigations and Guttersnipe, Family Elan's detonation of Turkish psych and the gruff purity of Stephanie Hladowksi and Eliza Carthy's reading of trad English folk songs,' says Neilson. 'And if not, no matter, because it will be a great event anyway.'
The experimental streak continues with Counterflows' event, headlined by Canadian composer Ian William Craig, whose otherworldly vocal and tape music has drawn rave reviews. To Counterflows' Fielding Hope, the festival feels like a natural extension of the creative activity that's been happening in the Glad Café. 'The venue has done a great job of fostering inclusive, community-based and often challenging work,' he says, 'making it one of the most important artistic hubs in the city.'
Glorious Traces, Fri 12–Sun 14 Aug, Glad Café and various venues, Glasgow.