John Grant (4 stars)

The former Czars singer has a baritone to die for and a handful of critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt.

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Live review: John Grant, King's Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 1 Feb

4 Feb 20195 stars

Fun, moving and utterly glorious mix of dirty gonzo electronica and triumphant ballads as part of Celtic Connections

John Grant is easy to love. Charismatic, witty and in possession of a spectacular voice, he is the rare performer that can have the audience grinning ear-to-ear, solemnly tearing up, or on their feet cutting shapes, sometimes in the very same song. As…

John Grant to perform at King's Theatre Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections

10 Sep 2018

Catch the American singer-songwriter at the annual festival next Feb

Glasgow's annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections will host John Grant at King's Theatre in Glasgow on Fri 1 Feb 2019. Grant last toured the UK in 2014 with a concert hall tour that received rave reviews. He will tour the UK in…

John Grant at Edinburgh International Festival

23 Aug 20184 stars

Former Czar at the top of his creative game

John Grant and Edinburgh were made for each other. 'I'm so happy to be back in your incredible city,' said the bearded, oak-voiced singer from Colorado, who also told us he'd been pondering learning Scots Gaelic. 'It looks like whoever built this place…

John Grant: 'I had probably the most fun I've ever had doing a record'

16 Aug 2018

The darkly brilliant singer-songwriter talks about his changing attitude to love and how it's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks

Thank goodness John Grant kept going after the split of the Czars. Following the break-up of that band – critically acclaimed, never quite making it beyond cult status – he worked as a waiter, a translator and even an air steward, unsure he'd ever…

John Grant: Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

20 Oct 20154 stars

Stellar third solo album skips skilfully between genres

The length of an album spent with John Grant is an unforgettable experience, an immersion in equal parts misery, autobiography and enthusiastic mocking of the comedy of life. Here the first track proper, also the title song, details the drudgery of his…

Lily Allen, Lady Gaga, Perfume Genius and John Grant: solo UK tour highlights for autumn/winter 2014

19 Sep 2014

Lily Allen If Lily Allen's recent set at Glastonbury was anything to go by, she’s certainly retained her energetic schoolgirl charm and buoyant stage persona during a four-year absence. Following a self-imposed hiatus, Allen faced the possibility of…

Top five events at Glasgay! 2012

18 Sep 2012

Featuring Harold and Maude, John Grant, 8 and Tranny and Roseannah

Harold and Maude Glasgay’s main 2012 commission, in collaboration with Theatre Jezebel. This is the UK premiere of Colin Higgins’ stage adaptation of the 1971 cult film looking at the unlikely friendship between a spoiled rich kid with melancholy on…

Glasgay! artists and performers discuss the concept of union

13 Sep 2012

This year's festival considers the notion of union in the wake of the Equal Marriage campaign

John Grant ‘I have a humorous take on equal marriage, which is just a copycat of what Dolly Parton said on it. She said, ‘Hell yeah, I think gays ought to be allowed to marry -- they should be as miserable as the rest of us’. And I like that. I grew…

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