Clydebank is set to welcome a top folk band from Cumbria for a special gig this Saturday (September 15) and a small number of tickets are still available.
John & Wayne have a cult following around the UK and agreed to swap their usual surrounds to play a one-off gig in the atmospheric Linnvale Huts. The duo’s acoustic style creates a unique experience at every one of their concerts, as the singer-songwriters interact with the crowd and infuse their playlist with stories and humour.
Wayne told Clydebank Live: “We set out a list of songs we can work through but our gigs really can lead anywhere. All the songs are based on true stories from over our lives, so every show ends up different – it can be a bit of a comedic affair.
“We’ve been in Glasgow to play at the SECC and King Tut’s but this is our first visit to Clydebank. We’re really looking forward to it – it should be a lot of fun.
“I absolutely love getting out around the country and playing these intimate gigs. It will be a different atmosphere from big arenas like the SECC or the NEC in Birmingham – it’s great to play so close to the audience.”
Styled as ‘The Original Cumbrian Folk Group’, the band has supported big names in British music. The double-act featured on tours by Jools Holland, Belinda Carlisle, Vonda Shepard, Francis Dunnery and Clydebank’s own Marti Pellow.
Linnvale Huts offer a vastly different experience from the National Exhibition Centre, where the band played in front of a 16,000 strong crowd. The Clydebank concert was organised by Whitecrook residents Jamie McPherson and Colin McLeod, who convinced the singer-songwriter duo to visit the town.
The Clydebank pair decided to try their hands as concert promoters to introduce the band to family and friends. Jamie, an engineer by trade, explained: “It was Colin who first introduced me to them. They put on a great show with a mixture of well written songs and funny stories.
“I’ve seen them play loads of times and guarantee people will enjoy it. We’ve got a cheap bar and free buffet so there’s no excuse not to have a great night.”
Co-promoter Colin, a manager at a car dealership, added: “I first saw John & Wayne in King Tut’s and was immediately hooked on their down-to-earth songs with simple stories. You always leave their gigs smiling and happy. Both the lads are genuinely nice guys and their albums are well-worth checking out.”
The concert takes place on Saturday, September 15 at the Linnvale Huts on the grounds of Linnvale Primary School in Livingston